Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe

Location: Zimbabwe, country-wide

Event: Country wide protests, military checkpoints, disruption of internet and social media sites

Many grocery stores, schools, fuel stations, and local businesses re-opened on January 17.  The government restored internet service on January 17, but turned it off as of January 18 with no date given for its restoration.  Hospitals remain open with limited staffing caused by fuel shortages and lack of public transportation.

The Embassy continues to receive reports of violence perpetrated by security forces against Zimbabweans living in high density areas.  There are reports of looting in Bulawayo, Gweru, Kwekwe, Mutare, and high density neighborhoods in Harare.

Harare International Airport and the Victoria Falls Airport remain open for business.

Actions to Take:

  • Stay away from the Harare Commercial Business District, Chitungwiza, Damofalls, Epworth Hatcliff, Dzivarasekwa, Kadoma, downtown Bulawayo and its western suburbs.
  • Avoid demonstrations and all public gatherings
  • Use voice calls and text messaging as a communication method until interne and cellular data is restored
  • Exercise increased caution
  • Monitor local news stations for updates including Voice of America on Channel 909 AM in Harare and on short-wave 4930, 7210 and 12120 kilohertz frequencies
  • Be vigilant and take steps to enhance your personal security; and
  • Remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.

Assistance:

  • United States Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe
    2 Lorraine Drive
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Tel: +263-867-701-1000
    Emergency +263 -772 559-727
    https://zw.usembassy.gov/
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
  • Zimbabwe Country Information
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