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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.

 

Security Message to United States

April 4, 2014

Burmese Water Festival (Thingyan)

Water Festival in Burma, also known as Thingyan, will take place the week of April 13, 2014.  While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens, some past Thingyans have been marred by violence.  A bomb attack in 2010 at one of the water spraying platforms, also known as “pandals,” near Kandawgyi Lake killed 10 and wounded over 170 civilians.  Also, increased inter-ethnic and religious tensions have occasionally led to spontaneous outbreaks of violence throughout Burma. 

While in public areas, stay alert and be aware of the people around you at all times.  If you see something suspicious, report it to the authorities if possible and leave the area.  Even gatherings like Thingyan that are meant to be festive can become violent and unpredictable.  During the holiday, revelers have been known to consume large amounts of alcohol, resulting sometimes in criminal behavior.  Incidents of drunk driving also increase dramatically during Thingyan.

We recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burma enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's Consular Affairs website where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, the Worldwide Caution, and the Country Specific Information for Burma at. For additional information, refer to our Travelers’ Checklist on the State Department's Consular Affairs website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Please note that the Embassy will be closed throughout Thingyan and on April 17 and 18 in observance of Burmese New Year.  The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330.  If calling the 24-Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

 

Security Message for United States Citizens

March 29, 2014 

Ongoing Violence in Rakhine State

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens in Rakhine State, ongoing mob violence prompts the Embassy to advise U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Burma to avoid travel to Rakhine State, except to the tourist resort Ngapali via Thandwe airport. 

Demonstrations or mobs associated with the ethnic strife in Rakhine State, coupled with inter-ethnic and religious tensions, have occasionally led to spontaneous outbreaks of violence in other parts of the country.  Although many demonstrations throughout Burma have been generally non-violent, even events that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable.  Stay clear of all demonstrations or large public gatherings.  While in public areas, stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.  If you see something suspicious, leave the area immediately and report it to local authorities.  

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burma enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov.STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Burma. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F. The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330.If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

Security Message to United States Citizens – Recent Bombings in Burma and General Security Awareness

October 15, 2013

This Security Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Burma of recent bombings in several locations around the country.  A series of seven Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have detonated, or have been discovered and rendered safe, over the course of the last several days.  These IEDs have been located in: the city of Mandalay; Taungoo City; Insein Township, Thar Kay Ta Township, and Ahlone Township in Rangoon; and Sagaing City. Two people were reportedly killed and several more wounded in these bombings.  One IED exploded at the Traders Hotel in Rangoon at around midnight on October 15, 2013, seriously injuring an American tourist.

While there is no indication at this time that any of these IEDs were specifically directed toward U.S. citizens, the Embassy asks that all U.S. citizens exercise an appropriate level of caution when traveling around Rangoon and/or Burma.  Extra attention should be taken when in public areas such as parks, markets, and bus stops.  The Embassy is in close contact with the local police authorities, who have advised that they have no specific threat information related to any potential additional targets.  When in public areas, stay alert and aware of the people around you at all times.  If you see something suspicious, report it to the proper authorities if possible and leave the area.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.
Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burma enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Burma.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F.  The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330.  If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

 

Security Message to United States Citizens – August 21, 2013

Ongoing Violence in Rakhine and Kachin States and in Mandalay Division

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens in Rakhine State, ongoing communal violence prompts the Embassy to advise U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the area, except to the tourist resort Ngapali via Thandwe airport.  Also, persistent armed conflict in Kachin State prompts the Embassy to advise U.S. citizens to exercise caution when traveling to Kachin and to avoid travel outside the towns of Myitkyina, Bhamo and Putao.  Communal strife in Mandalay Division continues to occur periodically.  Therefore, the Embassy advises U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling to this area. 

Demonstrations associated with the communal strife in Rakhine State have been known to occur with little notice throughout Burma.  Although these demonstrations have been generally non-violent, even events that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable.  Stay clear of all demonstrations or large public gatherings.  While in public areas, stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.  If you see something suspicious, leave the area immediately and report it to local authorities. 

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burma enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Burma. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F.  The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330.  If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

 

 

Worldwide Travel Alert
(August 05, 2013)

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.  Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August.  This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2013.

Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests.  U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.  Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services.  U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling.

We continue to work closely with other nations on the threat from international terrorism, including from al-Qa'ida.  Information is routinely shared between the U.S. and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

We recommend U.S. citizens register their travel plans with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website.  We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling abroad enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Internet website at travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  Download our free Smart Traveler app, available through iTunes or Google Play, to have travel information at your fingertips. 

In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F.  The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330.  If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

 

Security Message to United States Citizens 

Ongoing Violence in Rakhine State
(July 09, 2013)

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens in Rakhine State, ongoing communal violence in Rakhine State prompts the Embassy to advise all U.S. citizens to avoid travel to that area. 

In addition, the ongoing violence in Rakhine State has resulted in periodic demonstrations in Rangoon and elsewhere in Burma during the last year. Although these demonstrations have been mostly non-violent, even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable. Stay clear of all demonstrations or public gatherings. While in public areas, stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. If you see something suspicious, leave the area immediately and report it to local authorities. 

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burma enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Burma. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F. The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330. If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

 

Security Message to United States Citizens 

Tropical Cyclone Mahasen 
(May 14, 2013)

Tropical Cyclone Mahasen is gathering strength over the Indian Ocean's Bay of Bengal, and is a potential threat to Bangladesh and Burma.  As of May 13, advisories from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center put Mahasen's top sustained winds at 58 mph, with a motion northwest at 9 mph into the center of the Bay of Bengal.  The official forecast brings Mahasen to Category 1 strength before landfall occurs in Bangladesh near the border of Burma in Northern Rakhine State on Friday morning, May 17.  Western Burma will likely receive heavy rains and strong winds that could cause flooding, landslides, power outages, and difficult travel conditions.  Increased rainfall levels may be experienced throughout the country.  All U. S. citizens are consequently strongly urged to avoid travel to Rakhine State until the storm has dissipated, which is expected to occur gradually after landfall.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor Tropical Cyclone Mahasen’s track, and will issue updated messages as necessary.  U.S. citizens are urged to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions.  U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents at all time (i.e. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in safe, waterproof locations.  We also suggest that U.S. citizens contact friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts. 

Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found on our “Hurricane Season-Know Before You Go” webpage, and on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.  Updated information on travel in the Burma may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website for updated information.  Please consult the Country Specific Information for Burma, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website .

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook , and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F.  The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330.  If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

 

Map of Communal Unrest in Mandalay and Bago Divisions
(April 04, 2013)

Travelers concerned about communal violence that took place in Mandalay and Bago Divisions in late March 2013 can find a map of affected locations. Please note this map is for consular information purposes only.

 

Security Message to United States Citizens
U.S. Citizens Strongly Advised to Avoid Bago Division (Updated March 29, 2013)

The communal violence in Mandalay region over the last week has spilled southward toward Rangoon. Violence in Bago Division, especially along the old Pyay Road, has resulted in reports that mosques and homes have been destroyed as close as 90 miles north of Rangoon, in the town of Nattalin, among others.  U.S. citizens are strongly advised to avoid all travel to Bago Division.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burma enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Burma at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter at https://mobile.twitter.com/travelgov and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/travelgov, and
download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smart-traveler/id442693988?mt=8 to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F.  The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330.  If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

 

Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Burma
(March 20, 2013)

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing in, or traveling to Burma that the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon urges all U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Mandalay region because of escalating violence in that area. Violence in the Mandalay region poses threats to U.S. citizen travelers. 

In the Mandalay region communal violence on March 20, 21, and 22 left dozens of local residents dead or injured and left hundreds homeless. Violence is said to be centered around Meikhtila, in central Mandalay Division.  Burmese state media reported that on March 22 President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in response to the unrest.  This state of emergency affects the following townships in the Mandalay region: Meikhtila Township; Wantwin Township; Ma Hlaing Township; and Tharsi Township.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burma enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Burma at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter at https://mobile.twitter.com/travelgov and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/travelgov, and
download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smart-traveler/id442693988?mt=8 to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F.  The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330.  If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

 

Worldwide Caution
(February 20, 2013)

1.  The Department of State has issued this Worldwide
Caution to update information on the continuing threat
of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens
and interests throughout the world.  U.S. citizens are
reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to
take appropriate steps to increase their security
awareness.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated
July 18, 2012, to provide updated information on
security threats and terrorist activities worldwide.

2.  The Department of State remains concerned about the
continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations,
and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and
interests overseas.  Current information suggests that
al-Qaida, its affiliated organizations, and other
terrorist organizations continue to plan terrorist
attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions,
including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics
including suicide operations, assassinations,
kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.

3.  Extremists may elect to use conventional or
non-conventional weapons, and target both official and
private interests.  Examples of such targets include
high-profile sporting events, residential areas,
business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of
worship, schools, public areas, and other tourist
destinations both in the United States and abroad where
U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during
holidays.

4.  U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for
terrorists to attack public transportation systems and
other tourist infrastructure.  Extremists have targeted
and attempted attacks on subway and rail systems,
aviation, and maritime services.  In the past, these
types of attacks have occurred in cities such as Moscow,
London, Madrid, Glasgow, and New York City.

5.  EUROPE:  Current information suggests that al-Qaida,
its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups
continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. and
Western interests in Europe.  Additionally, there is a
continuing threat in Europe from unaffiliated persons
planning attacks inspired by major terrorist
organizations but conducted on an individual basis.  On
February 1, 2013, an individual detonated a bomb at a
side entrance to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, killing one
Embassy guard and injuring others.  The Revolutionary
People's Liberation Party/Front (Devrimci Halk Kurtulus
Partisi/Cephesi or DHKP/C) claimed responsibility for
the attack on its website.  The DHKP/C has stated its
intention to commit further attacks against the United
States, NATO, and Turkey.  European governments have
taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and
some have made official declarations regarding
heightened threat conditions.  In the past several
years, attacks have been planned or carried out in
various European countries.  On February 5, the
Bulgarian government announced its judgment that
Hizbollah was responsible for a July 2012 terrorist
attack in Burgas which resulted in the deaths of five
tourists and a bus driver.

6.  MIDDLE EAST and NORTH AFRICA:  Credible information
indicates terrorist groups also seek to continue attacks
against U.S. interests in the Middle East and North
Africa.  The U.S. government remains highly concerned
about possible attacks against U.S. citizens,
facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western
interests.  Terrorist organizations continue to be
active in Yemen, including al-Qaida in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP).     Security threat levels remain high
in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest.
In September 2012, a mob of Yemeni protestors attacked
the U.S. Embassy compound.  U.S. citizens have also been
the targets of numerous terrorist attacks in Lebanon in
the past (though none recently) and the threat of anti-
Western terrorist activity continues to exist there.
There are a number of extremist groups operating in
Lebanon, including Hizballah, a group designated by the
U.S. government as a terrorist organization.  Iraq
remains dangerous and unpredictable.  U.S. military
forces departed as of December 31, 2011, but the threat
of attacks against U.S. citizens, including kidnapping
and terrorist violence, continues.  In Algeria, Al-Qaida
in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is active and
operates throughout the country.  Terrorists
sporadically attack westerners and Algerian targets,
particularly in the Kabylie region, and near Algeria's
borders with Libya and Mali.  In January, terrorists
attacked a natural gas facility at In Amenas resulting
in the deaths of dozens, including three U.S. citizens.
Terrorists have also targeted oil processing plants in
Saudi Arabia and Yemen.   Some elements in Iran remain
hostile to the United States.  U.S. citizens should
remain cautious and be aware that there may be a more
aggressive focus by the Iranian government on terrorist
activity against U.S citizens.   No part of Syria should
be considered immune from violence, and the potential
exists throughout the country for unpredictable and
hostile acts, including kidnappings, sniper assaults,
large and small-scale bombings, as well as arbitrary
arrest, detention, and torture. The conflict in Syria
has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths with many
thousands wounded and over one million displaced
persons.

7.  In September 2012, civil unrest, large scale
protests and demonstrations as well as violent attacks -
some of which were in reaction to an anti-Islamic video
and cartoons - targeted U.S. missions and schools
overseas including in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, and
Yemen.  U.S. citizens are warned that demonstrations
intended to be peaceful can escalate into violent
clashes.  U.S. citizens are also reminded that
demonstrations and riots can occur with little or no
warning.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of
demonstrations if possible and to exercise caution if
within the vicinity of a demonstration.

8.  AFRICA:  A number of al-Qaida operatives and other
extremists are believed to be operating in and around
Africa.  In February 2012, the emir of U.S-designated
Foreign Terrorist Organization al-Shabaab and al-Qaida's
leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, announced the alliance of the
two organizations.  Al-Shabaab assassinations, suicide
bombings, and indiscriminate attacks in civilian-
populated areas are frequent in Somalia.  Terrorist
operatives and armed groups in Somalia have demonstrated
their intent to attack Somali authorities, African Union
Missions in Somalia and non-military targets.
Additionally, the terrorist group al-Qaida in the Lands
of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has declared its intention
to attack Western targets throughout the Sahel (an area
that stretches across the African continent between the
Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea to include Senegal, Mali,
Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan, and Eritrea).  It has
claimed responsibility for kidnappings, attempted
kidnappings, and the murder of several Westerners
throughout the region, including southern Algeria.  The
loosely organized group of factions known as Boko Haram
continues to carry out significant improvised explosive
device and suicide bombings in northern Nigeria, mainly
targeting government forces and innocent civilians;
attacks have increased since their attack on the UN
building in the capital of Abuja last year.  The
president of Nigeria declared a state of emergency in
certain areas in response to activities of extremist
groups.  AQIM and related extremist groups have
threatened to attack and kidnap Westerners in Mali and
the region in response to the U.S.-supported French
intervention in Northern and Central Mali, where the
political conditions remain fluid, and the Malian
government has yet to reassert control over its northern
provinces.

9.  U.S. citizens considering travel by sea near the
Horn of Africa or in the southern Red Sea should
exercise extreme caution, as there have been armed
attacks, robberies, and kidnappings for ransom by
pirates.  Merchant vessels continue to be hijacked in
Somali territorial waters, while others have been
hijacked as far as 1,000 nautical miles off the coast of
Somalia, Yemen, and Kenya in international waters.

10.  U.S. government maritime authorities advise
mariners to avoid the port of Mogadishu and to remain at
least 200 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.  In
addition, when transiting around the Horn of Africa or
in the Red Sea, it is strongly recommended that vessels
travel in convoys and maintain good communications at
all times.  U.S. citizens traveling on commercial
passenger vessels should consult with the shipping or
cruise ship company regarding precautions that will be
taken to avoid hijacking incidents.  Commercial vessels
should review the Department of Transportation Maritime
Administration's Horn of Africa Piracy page for
information on maritime advisories, self-protection
measures, and naval forces in the region.  Review our
International Maritime Piracy Fact Sheet for information
on piracy in the southern Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and
the Indian Ocean.

11.  SOUTH ASIA:  The U.S. government continues to
receive information that terrorist groups in South Asia
may also be planning attacks in the region, possibly
against U.S. government facilities, U.S. citizens, or
U.S. interests.  The presence of al-Qaida, Taliban
elements, Lashkar-e-Taiba, indigenous sectarian groups,
and other terror organizations, many of which are on the
U.S. government's list of Foreign Terror Organizations
(FTOs), poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens in the
region.  Terrorists and their sympathizers have
demonstrated their willingness and ability to attack
targets where U.S. citizens or Westerners are known to
congregate or visit.  Their actions may include, but are
not limited to, vehicle-born explosive attacks,
improvised explosive device attacks, assassinations,
carjackings, rocket attacks, assaults, or kidnappings.

12.  Such attacks have occurred in a number of South
Asian states, including Pakistan, where a number of
extremist groups continue to target U.S. and other
Western citizens and interests, and Pakistani government
and military/law enforcement personnel.  Suicide bombing
attacks continue to occur throughout the country on a
regular basis, often targeting government authorities
such as police checkpoints and military installations,
as well as public areas such as mosques, and shopping
areas.  Kidnappings of U.S. citizens are also on the
increase.  No part of Afghanistan should be considered
immune from violence, and the potential exists
throughout the country for hostile acts, either targeted
or random, against U.S. and other Western nationals at
any time.  Elements of the Taliban and the al-Qaida
terrorist network, as well as other groups hostile to
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) military
operations, remain active.  There is an ongoing threat
of kidnapping and assassination of U.S. citizens and
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) workers throughout
the country.  India has experienced terrorist and
insurgent activities which may affect U.S. citizens
directly or indirectly.  Anti-Western terrorist groups,
some on the U.S. government's list of designated Foreign
Terrorist Organizations, have been active in India,
including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-
Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen,
Jaish-e-Mohammed, and the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e
Tayyiba.  Terrorists have targeted public places in
India frequented by Westerners, including luxury and
other hotels, trains, train stations, markets, cinemas,
mosques, and restaurants in large urban areas.

13. Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and other countries
experienced civil unrest, large scale protests and
demonstrations following the release of anti-Islamic
videos and cartoons in September 2012.

14.  CENTRAL ASIA:  Supporters of terrorist groups such
as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, al-Qaida, the
Islamic Jihad Union, and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic
Movement remain active in Central Asia.  These groups
have expressed anti-U.S. sentiments and may attempt to
target U.S. government interests.

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15.  The Department of State encourages U.S. citizens
living overseas or planning to travel abroad to enroll
in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  When
you enroll in STEP, we can keep you up to date with
important safety and security announcements.  Enrolling
will also make it easier for the Embassy to contact you
in the event of an emergency.  You should remember to
keep all of your information in STEP up to date; it is
particularly important when you enroll or update your
information to include a current phone number and e-mail
address.

16.  U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a
high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and
take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal
security.  For additional information, please refer to
"A Safe Trip Abroad" on our website,
http://travel.state.gov/.
17.  U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a
heightened state of alert.  These facilities may
temporarily close or periodically suspend public
services to assess their security posture.  In those
instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every
effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.
U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news
and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or
consulate.

18.  As the Department of State continues to develop
information on potential security threats to U.S.
citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information
through its Consular Information Program documents,
including Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Country
Specific Information, and Emergency Messages, all of
which are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs
website at http://travel.state.gov.  Stay up to date by
bookmarking our website or downloading our free Smart
Traveler iPhone or Android App for travel information at
your fingertips.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of
Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

19.  In addition to information on the internet,
travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security
conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the
United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a
regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are
available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday,
Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).

20.  Minimize considered.

 

Escalating Violence in Kachin State
(March 20, 2013)

The Embassy advises all U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Kachin State. Recent military actions in Kachin State by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burmese Army have endangered the lives of civilians and reflect escalating violence in the region.

Ongoing hostilities in Kachin State may lead to demonstrations in Rangoon and elsewhere. Please keep in mind that even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable. While in public areas, stay alert and aware of the people around you at all times. Stay clear of all demonstrations or public gatherings. If you see something suspicious, report it to the U.S. Embassy or local authorities if possible and leave the area.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burma enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Burma. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F. The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330. If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

 

Security Message for U.S. Citizens
Ongoing Violence in Rakhine State
(February 04, 2013)

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens, the Embassy advises all U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Rakhine State. The Rakhine State government confirmed media accounts of communal violence in Minbya Township in Rakhine State starting on October 21. Other sources indicate that violence has spread to Mrauk U, Kyauk Phyu, and Myebon townships. 

Ongoing sectarian violence in Rakhine State has resulted in demonstrations in Rangoon and elsewhere. Though these demonstrations have been mostly non-violent, even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable. While in public areas, stay alert and aware of the people around you at all times. Stay clear of all demonstrations or public gatherings. If you see something suspicious, report it to local authorities if possible and leave the area. 

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burma enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.GovSTEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Burma.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F. The Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330. If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

 

Security Message to United States Citizens
Protests in Downtown Rangoon beginning Friday, June 15, 2012

The sectarian violence in Rakhine State over the last week has resulted in strong feelings on many sides with calls for demonstrations in Rangoon beginning June 15, 2012.  A small demonstration that took place on June 14, 2012 outside the UK Embassy was peaceful and marked by a large police presence.  

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens, you are advised to avoid downtown Rangoon south of Dama Zedi/Shwe Gon Tain roads from June 15 through June 17, 2012.   

While in public areas, stay alert and aware of the people around you at all times.  Stay clear of all demonstrations or public gatherings.  If you see something suspicious, report it to the U.S. Embassy or local authorities if possible and leave the area.  Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable.   

The safety and well-being of U S. citizens in Burma is the U.S. Embassy’s primary concern.  Consular Officers and staff are ready to assist in the event of an emergency.  The Embassy’s 24 Hour Duty Officer Telephone is (95)-(9)-512-4330. The 24 Hour Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509.  If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings and health-information resources can be found.

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

 

Violence in Rakhine and Kachin States Poses Potential Threats to U.S. Citizen Travelers

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon urges all U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Kachin and Rakhine States because of escalating violence in these areas.  

In Rakhine State, situated on the border of Bangladesh in southwest Burma, sectarian violence on June 8 and June 9 reportedly left many local residents dead and hundreds homeless.  Violence between Buddhists and Muslims is said to be centered around Rakhine State’s capital, Sittwe, and in other northern areas of Rakhine State, including Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships.  Burmese state media reported that on June 10, President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency and curfews in response to the violence. 

In Kachin State, in northern Burma on the border of China, armed clashes between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burmese Army have been ongoing since June 2011 and have reportedly displaced up to 100,000 people.  The violence continues to affect civilians; on April 29, 2012, an improvised explosive device exploded on a passenger train bound for Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, injuring two people. 

The safety and well-being of U S. citizens in Burma is the U.S. Embassy’s primary concern.  Consular Officers and staff are ready to assist in the event of an emergency.  The Embassy’s 24 Hour Duty Officer Telephone is (95)-(9)-512-4330. The 24 Hour Embassy Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509.  If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer. 

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings and health-information resources can be found. 

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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  10. New Law makes voting overseas easier - 02/22/2010
  11. Increased Security - 07/29/2009
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