Security Message for U.S. Citizens: National Election Security Reminder

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to practice safety and security measures because of the potential for political unrest before, during and after the February 18 national elections.  Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period.

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  It is possible to be unexpectedly caught in the middle of a potentially violent incident or victimized by criminals looking to take advantage of demonstrations.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, and monitor local events before traveling.  In addition, the following is advised during the election period:

  • Know the nearest “safe areas”- such as a local hospital.
  • Take extra precautions when driving through crowds.  Always keep windows up and doors locked.  Do not leave valuable items in plain view inside the vehicle.
  • Plan your route in advance to avoid expected areas of congestion and chokepoints.  Maintain space to maneuver in traffic.  Park only in controlled, safe locations.
  • Keep your mobile phone charged and turned on.
  • Ensure you and your family members have an emergency plan.
  • Travel may be difficult on Election Day (February 18), due to police activity at polling stations and possible unannounced road closures.
  • If you encounter a road closure or a political rally, follow directions given by the local police or Ugandan military.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Uganda.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Uganda, located at Plot 1577 Ggaba Road, Kamapala, at :+(256)(0) 414-306-001 and +(256)(0)312-306-001 or e-mail at  The Embassy is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 – 12:30 a.m.  For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call +(256)(0) 414-306-001 and ask to speak with the Embassy duty officer.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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