Exercise increased caution in The Union of the Comoros due to civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Reconsider travel to:
- The island of Anjouan due to civil unrest.
Violent demonstrations and civil unrest opposing a recent constitutional referendum occur regularly. The government has issued a mandatory curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. beginning on October 15.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in The Union of the Comoros as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of Moroni.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Comoros:
- Stay away from political rallies, demonstrations, and crowds.
- Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Comoros.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Island of Anjouan – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Civil unrest on Anjouan has taken the form of violent protests, some resulting in injuries and deaths. In July 2018, Comoros held a referendum which resulted in a new constitution. Opposition groups in Anjouan are contesting the validity of the new constitution.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
Originally Published: October 23, 2018