Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | In response to escalating concerns regarding heightened terrorist activity, the U.S. Embassy in Kampala has issued a security advisory, urging U.S. citizens and visitors in Uganda to exercise an increased level of caution and to reconsider attendance at forthcoming large public gatherings, including major worship services, music festivals, and cultural events in Kampala and Jinja. Additionally, vigilance is advised when visiting places where crowds tend to congregate, such as hotels, malls, and marketplaces.
The U.S. Embassy in Kampala has outlined a series of key recommendations for its U.S. citizens and visitors in Uganda:
- Stay Alert in Tourist-Frequented Areas: It is strongly advised to maintain a heightened sense of awareness when in locations that are commonly frequented by tourists, given the current security concerns in the region.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Enrolling in STEP facilitates the reception of essential information and timely alerts from the U.S. Embassy, making it more efficient for authorities to locate and assist individuals in emergency situations while overseas.
- Stay Informed: Regularly monitor the Department of State’s official channels, including their Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as visiting travel.state.gov, to stay updated on the latest developments and advisories.
This advisory follows a rise in concerns about potential security threats in the region, prompting the U.S. Embassy to emphasize the safety of its citizens and visitors in Uganda.
The U.S. Embassy underscores the importance of being vigilant and proactive in light of the current security landscape, with the primary aim of ensuring the well-being and security of all U.S. citizens in Uganda.
For further information, assistance, or inquiries related to this security advisory, individuals are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy in Kampala or visit their official website. The U.S. Embassy stands ready to provide support and guidance to those affected by these safety concerns.
In a rapidly changing security environment, staying informed and taking precautionary measures is essential to safeguard personal safety and well-being. The U.S. Embassy in Kampala is committed to working in collaboration with local authorities to ensure the safety of U.S. citizens and visitors during this period of heightened vigilance.