Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Remain Cautious

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens in Harare to remain safely at home or in their accommodations on November 16. If you must go out, use caution, stick to routes familiar to you, and travel during daylight hours. Be prepared for traffic checkpoints.

The U.S. Embassy will remain temporarily closed to the public for all non-emergency services on Thursday, November 16. U.S. citizens requiring emergency consular services may call the U.S. Embassy at +263) 772 560 487.

U.S. citizens should:

  • Remain indoors in a safe location;
  • Avoid demonstrations and all public gatherings;
  • Have extra food, water and medication on hand;
  • Establish a communication plan with your friends and family, so they know when to expect to hear from you;
  • Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates;
  • Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security; and
  • Remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.

Harare International Airport remains open, but some flights have been cancelled; check with your airline before going to the airport, if you must travel. Due to extra security at the airport, we recommend U.S. citizens arrive even earlier than normal for international flights.

Some international schools have advised the Embassy that they will reopen tomorrow. We recommend that parents check directly with their schools about the status of closures.

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