Security Alert – February 08, 2024

U.S. Embassy in Burma

Security Alert – February 08, 2024


Location: Rangoon, Burma

Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon has learned a ceremony will take place in People’s Square and Park at 5:30 a.m. on February 12, 2024, to commemorate Union Day’s 77th anniversary.  Due to the expected increased security presence and history of anti-regime incidents at regime-affiliated locations, consider avoiding the area.  

Also, Pyay Road, between the intersections of Ahlone Road and Bargayar Road, will be closed from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on February 10 and February 12.  Traffic will be diverted accordingly, according to announcements.

REMINDER: Criminal activities also remain a common occurrence in Rangoon.  Pickpocketing, robberies, and scams have increased, likely due to the difficult economic situation in the country.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid large public gatherings.
  • Maintain constant awareness of your surroundings.
  • Pay attention to changes to security in your area.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry or displaying cash.
  • Regularly monitor local and international news and social media news channels.
  • Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive information and alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency overseas.

For Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Rangoon
(+95) (1) 753-6509

Embassy website 

Department of State – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Burma Country Information
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.

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