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Emergency Messages and Announcements
 

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

TRAVEL ALERT –WORLDWIDE

November 23, 2015

1.  The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.  This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016.

2. Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq.  Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.  Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services.  In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali.  ISIL/Da’esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt. 

3.   U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation.  Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed places.  Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.  U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.  Persons with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country.  U.S. citizens should:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.  Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.  
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

4.  Foreign governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and some have made official declarations regarding heightened threat conditions.  Authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots.  We continue to work closely with our allies on the threat from international terrorism.  Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

5.  For further information:

Archived Messages

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

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