June 2, 2011
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
To Wardens: Please disseminate as soon as possible the following notice to all American citizens within your registration zone. Thank you.
Please be advised that the “Cadre permanent de concertation de la Femme Congolaise” (CAFCO) plans to hold a march on Friday June 3 from 830 a.m. – 1100 a.m. The march will begin at the Gare Centrale (near the USAID building) and is scheduled to proceed to the Palais Du Peuple (Lingwala neighborhood).
More than 1,000 participants and over 50 Non-Governmental Organizations are expected to attend. The march has been approved by the Kinshasa Governor and GDRC and will be closely monitored by the Congolese National Police.
You should expect heavier than usual traffic on 30 Juin Boulevard and other parts of Kinshasa. As usual, please exercise caution and avoid large gatherings of any kind. It is recommended that you carry your cell phone with you at all times and keep your car windows closed and doors locked.
The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor this situation and advise of any updates.
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Kinshasa web site ( http://kinshasa.usembassy.gov/ ). You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information ( http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1104.html ). If you don't have internet access, we have a toll-free call center for updates -- 1-888-407-4747 -- in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
If you are going to live in or travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) which can be found on line at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ ).
If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa (http://kinshasa.usembassy.gov/) is located at 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, tel. 243-081-225-5872 (Do not dial the zero when calling from abroad). The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached at tel. 243-081-884-6859 or 243-081-884-4609; fax 243-081-556-0173 (Do not dial the first zero when calling from abroad) and is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call 081-556-0151 and ask to speak with the duty officer.