Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Luanda (December 10, 2021)

U.S. Embassy, Luanda

Security Alert

December 10, 2021

Event: The holiday season in Angola provides increased risk for criminal activity.  There is a heightened risk of armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping, including at gunpoint.  Foreigners in Angola are often perceived by criminals to have gifts or large amounts of cash.

Actions to Take:

  • Exercise additional vigilance throughout the holiday season and at holiday events.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use caution when driving at night and avoid walking after dark.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches, or flashing cash or smart phones in public.