Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma: Information for U.S. Citizens

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar): Information for U.S. Citizens

Location: Kyauktada Township, Rangoon

Event: An explosion occurred at a bus stop located at the corner of Anawratha Road and 35th Street, Kyauktada Township in downtown Rangoon on May 31, 2022 at approximately 15:30 p.m.  The media reported one fatality as a result of this event.

The security situation throughout Burma is unpredictable due to active fighting, explosions, and uncertain safety conditions.  Avoid large gatherings and organized events.  Conditions may deteriorate without warning.  U.S. citizens should remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  Know the location of your closest shelter and protected space.  If you feel your location is no longer safe, you should carefully assess the potential risks involved in moving to a different location.

  • If you hear a loud explosion or if sirens are activated, immediately seek cover.
  • If in a home or a building, go to the lowest level of the structure with the fewest exterior walls, windows, and openings; close any doors and sit near an interior wall, away from any windows or openings.
  • If you are outdoors, immediately seek cover in a hardened structure; if that is not possible, lie down and cover your head with your hands.
  • After the attack, stay away from any debris, and monitor major news outlets for official guidance.

Actions to Take:

  • Regularly monitor local and international news and social media news channels.
  • Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible.
  • Review your personal security plans and always have a contingency plan in place that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Get a COVID vaccine to facilitate your travel. 
  • Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.

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

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