Personal Security Reminder

Security Messages and Warnings

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news for updates.  Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further detailed information regarding Botswana and travel:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Botswana.
  • 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 Gaborone, located at Embassy Drive, Government Enclave, Gaborone at (+267-395-3982), 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number is +267-373-2222.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

If you have received this message but are no longer in Botswana and wish to stop receiving email messages from us please follow these instructions:

  • If you registered with the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone using the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) please log into your account and make sure your departure date from Botswana has been entered. The STEP system may not let you “back-date” your departure so to close your trip you should enter today’s date.
  • If you registered with the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone using any other method, please send us an email with your details and request that we close your travel to Botswana manually.