The U.S. Embassy would like to remind all U.S. citizens that political rallies or demonstrations may occur throughout Zambia in the lead up to the Zambian general election on August 11, 2016, and in the days immediately following.
U.S. citizens are reminded that any demonstration can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should therefore avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
Peaceful gatherings may also lead to significant traffic congestion and road closures. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates on political rallies and traffic disruptions. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Zambia Country Specific Information.
- 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 Zambia located on Ibex Hill, at 0211-357-000 and 0966-877-805 or via email at ACSLusaka@state.gov, 0730 to 1730 Monday through Thursday and 0730 to 1130 on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +260 (0) 966-877-805.
- 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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