Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Libreville, Gabon

Following the student demonstrations since April 8, 2019, the Gabonese government announced on April 10 that secondary public schools would be closed until further notice.  Some private schools remain open.  U.S. citizens who might be impacted by this are advised to communicate with school officials for updated information on school status.

U.S. citizens should be mindful of sporadic cellular coverages that may cause communication difficulties.  During the morning of April 11, some cellular providers experienced call outages and failures.  Due to reported communication issues and potential continued demonstrations, children of U.S. government personnel in Libreville will not attend school on April 12.

U.S. Embassy Libreville advises that there may be increased traffic as a result of these demonstrations. Travelers should avoid areas of demonstrations and plan accordingly.

The Embassy is monitoring the situation and will send updates as additional information becomes available.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you have school-aged children, contact the school for regular updates on its status.