Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions Demonstrations

On Saturday April 11, 2015, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has planned country-wide demonstrations.  As part of that plan, ZCTU will have an unsanctioned demonstration in Harare on that date.

The corresponding Government of Zimbabwe reaction is unknown; however, the demonstration may be strongly contested by the ZRP.  Heavy police presence in town, especially in the areas around the Meikles Hotel area (ZCTU offices are nearby) will likely occur.  As a result, several downtown streets are likely to be influenced and possibly closed to traffic.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

We urge you to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Harare enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.GovSTEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

We also recommend that you regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Zimbabwe.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy/Consulate in Harare is located at 172 Herbert Chitepo Avenue and is open Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am – 12:30pm.  You may call +263 4 250 593 If you have any issues or questions regarding this message.  You may also contact the Consular Section at ConsularHarare@state.gov.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +263 772 559 727 or send a WhatsApp text on +263 772 124 896.