Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel to Northern Shan State

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U.S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Travel to Northern Shan State

November 22, 2016

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens, and most areas in Burma remain safe for tourists to visit, the Embassy would like to advise U.S. citizens to avoid the area between Muse, Lashio, and Hsipaw in Northern Shan State due to the continued conflict between the Burmese military and various ethnic armed groups and militia forces.

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens in other parts of Burma to take normal precautions to ensure your safety and security.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  If you see something suspicious, report it to the authorities, if possible, and leave the area immediately.
For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Burma Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  Please be aware that we may not be able to reach you immediately if you are traveling in remote or restricted areas.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Burma, located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, at +95 1 536 509, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +95 (0)95124330, or +95 1 500 547.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).