This Travel Warning is being issued to advise American citizens of the unstable security situation in Cameroon. On February 28, the Department of State authorized the departure from Cameroon of eligible family members of American employees of the U.S. Embassy throughout Cameroon. American citizens in Cameroon should exercise extreme caution and try to depart the country if their situation permits. American citizens outside of Cameroon should defer non-essential travel until the security situation stabilizes and critical services are restored. International flights into Douala and Yaounde continue, but may be diverted or cancelled on short notice. U.S. Citizens should monitor the U.S. Embassy Yaounde website at http://yaounde.usembassy.gov and media sources for the latest information. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Alert for Cameroon of February 27, 2008.
Since February 25, the city of Douala has experienced violent demonstrations, roadblocks, looting, and clashes with police resulting in numerous fatalities. Although the violence has been worse in Douala and the Littoral, South West, West and North West provinces, unrest began in the capital city of Yaounde on the morning of February 27 and the security situation throughout Cameroon is dynamic. Critical services continue to deteriorate and there are growing shortages of food, fuel and water, as well as transportation disruptions, throughout the country.
U.S. Citizens or family members concerned for the safety of American citizens in Cameroon or with an after hours emergency may call 24/7 at 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. And Canada. Callers outside the U.S. Or Canada should call our regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.