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Below please find recent public announcement(s) and emergency message(s) issued by the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon.

Security Message to U.S. Citizens

March 31, 2016

Burmese Water Festival (Thingyan)

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon alerts U.S. citizens residing in, or traveling to Burma that the Water Festival in Burma, also known as Thingyan, will take place the week of April 11, 2016.  In the past, festive gatherings during Thingyan have led to increases in incidents of drunk driving, occasional criminal behavior, and unexpected violence, such as a bomb attack at one of the water spraying platforms, known as “pandals,” which killed ten people and wounded more than 170 people in 2010. 

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens, the Embassy advises U.S. citizens to take normal precautions to ensure your safety and security.  When in public areas, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.  If you see something suspicious, report it to the authorities, if possible, and leave the area immediately. 

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Burma 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 Burma, located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, at +95 1 536 509, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Please note that the Embassy will be closed throughout Thingyan,  April 11-18, 2016 . After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +95 (0)95124330, or +95 1 500 547.
  • 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).
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Archived Messages

  1. Message for U.S. Citizens - Worldwide Caution (March 03, 2016)
  2. Message for U.S. Citizens - Travel Alert (November 23, 2015)
  3. Message for U.S. Citizens - Travel Alert (November 8, 2015)
  4. Message for U.S. Citizens - Town Hall Meeting (October 14, 2015)
  5. Security Message to U.S. Citizens - Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens October 07, 2015
  6. Security Message to U.S. Citizens - Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens September 10, 2015
  7. Security Message to U.S. Citizens - Taxis Incidents May 21, 2015
  8. Security Message to U.S. Citizens - Burmese Water Festival March 31, 2015
  9. TRAVEL ALERT WORLDWIDE 2015
  10. Security Message for United States Citizens - TRAVEL ALERT WORLDWIDE - Dec 20, 2014
  11. Security Message for United States Citizens - Worldwide Caution- Oct 16, 2014
  12. Security Message for United States Citizens - Town Hall Meeting for American Citizens- Oct 24, 2014
  13. Security Message for United States Citizens - Bomb explosion in Taunggyi - Oct 08, 2014
  14. Security Message for United States Citizens - Kayin and Mon - Sept 30, 2014
  15. Security Message for United States Citizens - Thailand Travel Alert - May 28, 2014
  16. Internal Revenue Service Webinar on Reporting Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts - May 27 2014
  17. Security Message for United States Citizens - Curfew in Sittwe, Rakhine State - May 14, 2014
  18. Security Message to United States - Burmese Water Festival (Thingyan) - April 4, 2014
  19. Security Message for United States Citizens - Ongoing Violence in Rakhine State- March 29, 2014
  20. Security Message to United States Citizens – Recent Bombings in Burma and General Security Awareness - October 15, 2013
  21. Emergency Message: 8.7 magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia; travelers are advised to heed regional tsunami warnings.
  22. Security Message to United States Citizens – August 21, 2013
  23. Warden Message – Burma’s Elections
  24. World Caution
  25. Message for U.S. Citizens - Travel Alert (November 8, 2015)

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