Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Unrest during Upcoming Soccer Match

United States Embassy Conakry, Guinea

The U.S. Embassy in Conakry advises U.S. citizens to avoid traveling during the upcoming soccer match this Sunday as there could be potential for disruptions and heightened security measures due to Guinea’s national team’s participation in the Africa Cup of Nations Quarter Finals. The Embassy anticipates large crowds and traffic jams throughout Conakry on February 1, beginning at approximately 12:00.

Celebrations have already begun around the city and have proven to be unpredictable in nature. U.S. citizens should anticipate road closures, altered traffic patterns and increased traffic delays, possible protests, as well as additional roadblocks and police checkpoints. These issues are expected to be worse in areas where electricity shortages have been recently experienced (i.e., Lambanyi and Nongo). Motorists have reported youths banging on cars and traffic delays of up to three hours following recent matches.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens 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.

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

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Guinea.
  • 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 Guinea, along T2 off the Bambeto Roundabout in the Centre Aministratif de Koloma, Commune de Ratoma, at +224 655 104 444, from 08:00 a.m. to 16:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The weekend, holiday and after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+224) 655-104-444, or (+224) 657-104-040, and ask to speak to the Duty Officer. To call from the U.S, please dial: 00 224 655-104-444. The U.S. Embassy website is https://gn.usembassy.gov/.
  • 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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