This weekend, residents of Comoros will elect a new president. There is potential for the vote to prompt unrest and disruption, and the US Embassy has prohibited ‘non-official travel’ to Anjouan and Moheli between Friday 22nd and Tuesday 26th of March.

Travel advice

If you are in the area, please consider the following –

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the US Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros –

Event: Upcoming elections raise the potential for internal travel disruption in the Union of the Comoros. In such an event, roads may be blocked and travel off of the islands may become impossible. Embassy employees are prohibited from conducting non-official travel to Anjouan and Moheli from March 22, 2019 to March 26, 2019.

Actions to take:

  • Reconsider travel to the Islands of Anjouan and Moheli, in the Union of Comoros.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.

Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.

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