On 21 December 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Bangui issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Reports of Pre-Election Increased Violence, Criminality and Armed Group Activity

“U.S. Embassy Bangui has received reports of increased violence, criminality, and armed group activity in the regions of Ombella-Mpoko, Ouham, Ouham-Pende, Lobaye and Ouaka.

“Although there have been no specific incidents of violence or threats targeting U.S. citizens, civil unrest, demonstrations, and violence have already occurred, and may recur in the period leading up to, during, and following the December 27 elections. Armed groups may seek to move towards Bangui and/or cut off supply routes into the city.

“Commercial flight options are available and should be utilized if you are concerned for your security. Please check with airlines directly regarding their schedules, as flights may change at the last-minute.”