Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (05 November 2019)

Location:  Rakhine State, Myanmar

Event:  Recent months have seen increasing armed conflict in northern Rakhine State, including this week’s abduction of five foreign nationals.  Armed groups have targeted public transit routes and have kidnapped persons regardless of their affiliation to the Burmese security forces.

Actions to Take:

  • Do not travel to Buthidaung, Kyauktaw, Maungdaw, Minbya, Mrauk- U, Ponnagyun, and Rathedaung townships, and reconsider travel to Ann and Myebon townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
  • If you do decide to travel to northern Rakhine State, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, monitor local media for updates, and notify friends and family of your safety.