Chad Travel Advisory: US issues “Reconsider Travel” – If you go, draft a will

The US Department of State has reissued a “Reconsider Travel” Advisory for the Republic of Chad due to civil unrest in the country.

The U.S. Government said on October 2, 2019 that this Level 3 Travel Advisory was issued because “it has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Chad as U.S. Government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside the capital of N’Djamena, including the Lake Chad Basin, where a state of emergency remains in place.

Chad is a landlocked country in north-central Africa with a population of 14.9 million residents. Chad is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south.

The U.S. Embassy in Ndjamena is located at Rond-Point Chagoua, B.P. 413, N’Djamena, Chad.

During August 2019, the Government of the Republic of Chad declared a state of emergency in Ouaddaï and Sila provinces due to ongoing intercommunal violence.

Furthermore, there are unmapped and undocumented minefields in Chad along the borders with the neighboring countries of Libya and Sudan.

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Previously, the Canadian and United Kingdom governments issued similar high-level, Travel Advisories.

If people decide to travel to Chad, the U.S. State Department suggests the following action items:

  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or a power of attorney.
  • Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, and the like.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations, such as this Traveler’s Checklist.
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