Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Northern Rakhine State

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U.S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Violence in Northern Rakhine State

July 7, 2017

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 travel to Northern Rakhine State due to violence that began in October, 2016. Specifically, we advise against travel to Maungdaw and Buthitaung townships. If you must travel to this region, review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, and monitor local news for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens in other parts of Burma to take normal precautions to ensure your safety and 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. 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. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +95 (0)95124330, or +95 1 500 547.

If you are in the United States, call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free or 1-202-501-4444 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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