Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda

Location: Uganda, countrywide

Event:  Terrorist groups active in Uganda have claimed responsibility for at least one of two explosions in and around Kampala in recent days, though investigations into their origin continue.  While the attacks do not appear to have targeted foreigners, anyone can be a victim of acts of violence.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the ongoing possibility of more terrorist attacks in Uganda and throughout the region.  Violent crime, including armed robbery, home invasion, and sexual assault are common.  Please remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings while travelling in Uganda.

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media and U.S. Embassy Facebook and Twitter pages for updates. Be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Have travel documents and identification up to date and easily accessible.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Stock up on food items and necessities.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.