Reminder – Ongoing Elevated Security Threat
Although the Ugandan elections are over, U.S. citizens are reminded that the threat of regional terrorism remains high. As long as Ugandan forces remain engaged in Somalia, U.S. citizens, U.S. interests in Uganda, and the people of Uganda could potentially be targeted.
The Embassy therefore urges U.S. citizens to:
Avoid large gatherings. This includes events at hotels, sporting events, political events, shopping malls, etc. Any large gathering provides an attractive target for terrorists and should be avoided if at all possible.
Be alert, and immediately report any suspicious activity to the police.
Ensure that the number for the police (999) is programmed into your cell phone.
Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times.
Please review this Warden Message in conjunction with the Warden Message relating to the July 11 bombings in Kampala and the Travel Alert for Uganda dated January 24, 2011.
U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest security information. You should keep all of your information in STEP up-to-date, including your current phone number and a current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
U.S. citizens should also consult the Country Specific Information Sheet for Uganda and the Worldwide Caution, both located on the Department of State’s web site. Up-to-date information on safety and security is available toll-free at 1-888-407-4747 from within the United States and Canada, or at regular toll rates at 1-202-501-4444 for callers from outside the United States and Canada, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
The U.S. Embassy in Kampala is located at 1577 Ggaba Road, Kampala, Uganda, Telephone: 256-414-259-791 or 256-414-306-001, Facsimile: 256-414-258-451.