Message for U.S. Citizens Concerning Gas Shortage

United States Embassy Luanda, Angola

Message for U.S. Citizens:

May 8, 2019

As you probably know, Angola is experiencing a fuel shortage.  Although Angolan officials have said they expect this situation to be resolved soon, there are some important steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe.  Please review this list of tips and reminders:

  • Assess your fuel supplies before you travel, even a short distance.  Carpool with friends when possible.
  • Always have a fully charged phone or other communication device with you.
  • Notify friends or colleagues if you are going to a gas station, and be aware of the potential for violence at gas stations; if you foresee any danger, leave immediately.
  • Frustration levels are high; do NOT add to the situation.
  • Traffic congestion is an opportunity for criminals – keep you windows rolled up and your doors locked.
  • Be mindful of where you park your vehicle – thieves may try to steal your gas.
  • Criminals who normally operate on motorcycles may now be on foot.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Angola Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Angola, located at Rua Presidente Houari Boumedienne, 32, Luanda, Angola, at (244) 222-641-000, (244) 222-445-481, 222-445-727, or 222-446-096, After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is  (244) 923-404-209 or (244) 923- 640-154.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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