Demonstrations and Shooting on Grande Comore, Union of the Comoros

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens to reports of civil unrest on the island of Grande Comore following the shooting of a protester in Mitsoudje in the south of the island.  According to reports, a number of injured have also been taken to the hospital.  The incident follows the arrest of several members of civil society who organized so-called ‘isle morte’ (dead city) strikes on Monday, February 9, to protest electricity shortages on the island.  U.S. Government personnel both resident and visiting Grande Comore have been advised to shelter in place following these incidents.

We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Madagascar enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Comoros.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar is located at:

Lot 207 A Point Liberty
Andranoro-Antehiroka, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Telephone:  [261] (20) 234-8000 (available 24-hours)
Fax:  [261] (20) 234-8035
Web site:  https://mg.usembassy.gov/

U.S. citizens in need of urgent assistance should call the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy: 034-493-2854