June 7, 1999
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to the Central African Republic due to the level of crime and highway banditry, especially in the northern and eastern regions of the country. United Nations peacekeeping forces provide relative security for travel within the capital city of Bangui. Travel by road outside Bangui is dangerous due to armed bandits. Travel by car outside of Bangui at night is discouraged.
The U.S. Embassy in Bangui re-opened on June 1, 1998, with a very limited staff. Only emergency consular services to U.S. citizens are available.
For further information, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet on the Central African Republic.
This replaces the Travel Warning dated December 11, 1998, to delete the reference to the departure of UN peacekeeping forces. UN peacekeepers remain in Bangui at the present time.