Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (August 2, 2018) Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local sources report ongoing student protests in various areas throughout Dhaka and other major cities across Bangladesh.  The demonstrations are reportedly in reaction to a bus accident that caused the deaths of two students on Sunday, July ...
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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (July 31, 2018) Location: Dhaka Event: Local sources report that student-led protests are taking place in various areas of Dhaka.  The demonstrations are reportedly in reaction to the deaths of two students caused by a local bus accident on Sunday, July 29. According to local news, some ...
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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 14, 2018) Location: Colleges and universities across Bangladesh Event: Local sources report the potential for student demonstrations at colleges and universities across Bangladesh. The demonstrations would reportedly be in reaction to a Government of Bangladesh policy that allocates certain percentages (quotas) of civil service jobs to specific ...
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Reminder – Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy invites U.S. citizens to a Town Hall meeting for a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh.  The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Sharon A. Weber, in addition to officials from other Embassy offices, will be present to respond ...
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Security Alert

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 14, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, and potentially other cities in Bangladesh Event: Bangla New Year (Pohela Baishakh) is an all-day event observed on April 14.  This celebration is especially popular in the Ramna, Dhaka University, and Suhrawardy Uddayan areas of Dhaka.  Vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns are likely ...
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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 10, 2018) Location:  Dhaka, and potentially other cities in Bangladesh Event:  Local sources report ongoing student demonstrations in Dhaka.  Similar demonstrations may also occur in other cities in Bangladesh.  The demonstrations are reportedly in reaction to a Government of Bangladesh policy that allocates certain percentages of civil ...
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Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy invites U.S. citizens to a Town Hall meeting for a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh.  The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Sharon A. Weber, in addition to officials from other Embassy offices, will be present to respond ...
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Update on Bangladesh Travel Advisory

Update on Bangladesh Travel Advisory: U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 8, 2018 Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Dhaka due to crime and terrorism. Southeast Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to crime and terrorism. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, and rape, is widespread. ...
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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 6, 2018 Location: Throughout Dhaka, and all major cities in Bangladesh Event: Demonstrations may take place on February 8, 2018 in conjunction with the expected announcement of a verdict in a court case against opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Demonstrations may or may ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide Demonstration & Dec 16 Victory Day Celebrations

With the United States Government’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, there have been calls for a countrywide demonstration against the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka scheduled for Friday, December 15 immediately following noon prayers by Islami Shashontontro Andolon (ISA).  Historically, demonstrations in Dhaka by Islamist organizations have been held in the area of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Expected

According to local sources, several organizations have announced plans to hold demonstrations over the next several days in Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh in reaction to the recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Islami Andolon has ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration on Friday

According to local sources, a demonstration is occurring on Friday afternoon in the vicinity of the Baitul Mukarrom National Mosque.  The demonstration is reportedly in reaction to the recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  The U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy, Dhaka reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Read the full message . (PDF ...
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Nationwide Strike or Hartal called for Thursday, November 30, 2017

According to local news sources, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesh Samajtantrik (BSD), and other left-leaning political parties have called for a six-hour nationwide hartal on Thursday, November 30, from 6 a.m. to 12 noon in reaction to nationwide electricity price hikes. Read the full message . (PDF 364KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader .
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Nationwide Hartal (General Strike) Called for Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist political group, has called for a nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Thursday, October 12, in reaction to the arrest and remand of its top leaders.  “Dawn-to-dusk” hartals almost always officially begin at 6:00 a.m. on the day they are called, and generally end at 6:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message . (PDF 336KB) ...
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Notice regarding Social Security Services

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Bangladesh who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal ...
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Demonstrations in the Diplomatic Zone

In response to the recent developments regarding the Rohingya population in Myanmar, different political, socio-cultural, and religious organizations have announced plans to conduct demonstrations nationwide with a focus on the Baridhara/Gulshan Diplomatic Zone in Dhaka. Read the full message. (PDF 336KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader .
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Security Message: Ongoing police action in vicinity of Dhanmondi

Ongoing police activity with explosions and gunfire reported at Hotel Olio International where suspected militants have been discovered.  Avoid all travel to the Panthapath neighborhood of Dhaka City (Dhanmondi/Panthapath area) until the situation is resolved. Read the full message (PDF 332 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader .
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Mora Warning for Bangladesh

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens that a cyclone named ‘Mora’ is expected to strike Bangladesh, northeastern India and Myanmar.  The storm is expected to make landfall around Chittagong, Bangladesh late Monday night or Tuesday morning.  Local authorities have issued a warning for fishing boats and trawlers to take appropriate precautions. Expect extremely high winds, ...
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Security Message: Public Celebrations on Bengali New Year

New Year celebrations on April 14, 2017 may disrupt movement in Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh.  The Government of Bangladesh has issued a prohibition on celebrations after 5 p.m., more than one person riding on a motorcycle, and carrying backpacks.  The Department of State’s Bangladesh Travel Warning of January 5, 2017 is still in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Security Incident

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh Security Message for U.S. Citizens Security Incident March 24, 2017 According to local press reports, on Friday, March 24 at approximately 7:40 pm, a suicide attack was carried out on a police check post at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport intersection in Dhaka. Please review your personal security plans, remain aware ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Security Incident

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh Security Message for U.S. Citizens Security Incident March 17, 2017 According to local press reports, on Friday, March 17 at approximately 1:30pm, an individual climbed over a fence onto Bangladesh Police Rapid Action Battalion’s proposed new headquarters compound (about 200 meters east of Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport). Initial reports ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution Issued

The State Department has updated its Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 9, 2016. Read the full message (PDF 44 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acroba t Reader .
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Report of Birth application submission by Mail

Effective March 1, U.S. citizens who live in Bangladesh should submit their child’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) application by mail.  A Consular Report of Birth (CRBA) is evidence of United States citizenship, issued to a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s Official currency exchange rate changes

The consular exchange rate at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is now 80 BDT.  All consular services including visa fees, Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications, passport applications, and notaries will follow this new exchange rate. Read the full message (PDF 64 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acroba t Reader .
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy would like to invite U.S. Citizens to a Town Hall meeting to engage in a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh.  The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Elizabeth Gourlay will be present to respond to questions or concerns ...
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Security Message: Strike or Hartal in Dhaka called for January 26, 2017

Anti-Rampal power plant campaigners have called an “eight hour” strike or hartal in Dhaka city on Thursday, January 26, to protest the construction of the Rampal power plant near the Sunderbans.  This “eight hour” hartal will begin at 6:00 a.m. and will end at 2:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message (PDF 72 KB) PDF Files ...
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Bangladesh Travel Warning

January 5, 2017 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of continuing threats from terrorist groups in Bangladesh and to consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country.  The Department is updating this Travel Warning to reflect the change in the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka’s status to “partially accompanied,” effective January 5, 2017, ...
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Security Message: Bishwa Ijtema Annual Gathering

Islam’s second-largest annual gathering after the Hajj, “Bishwa Ijtema,” will take place January 13-15 and January 20-22, 2017 on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi.  The main gathering point is about 3 km north of the International Airport.  The government expects between three to four million visitors to attend the Ijtema this year. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Season Security Reminder

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh December 29, 2016 U.S. citizens should take stringent security measures and be alert to local security developments during the holiday season. There is an ongoing potential for extremist violence in Bangladesh. The Travel Warning of July 10, 2016 is still in effect and the terrorist threat remains credible. Police have ...
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Security Message: The Narayanganj City Corporation Election and the District Council Election of Bangladesh

The Narayanganj City Corporation election will be held on Thursday December 22, 2016 and the District Council election is scheduled for Wednesday December 28, 2016.  In light of these forthcoming events, please be advised that there’s been a historic trend of civil unrest during pre-election periods. Read the full message . (PDF 72 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader ...
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Security Message: Security Incident at Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport

On Nov 6 at approximately 7:10 pm, there was a security incident at the Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.  An individual clothed similar in appearance to airport cleaning staff attempted to gain entry to the airport through the international departures (second level) access point.  Members of the airport security staff challenged the individual and were ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait – return your voted ballot right away!  Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate ...
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Security Message: Worldwide Caution

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  Current information suggests that terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in ...
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Security Message: 15th Anniversary of September 11th

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Bangladesh that the terrorist threat remains real and credible. While there are no known specific threats to U.S. citizens or interests in Bangladesh, U.S. citizens should continue to be vigilant and take extra caution as we approach the anniversary of the ...
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Security Message: Nationwide Strike or Hartal on Monday

Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist political group, has called for a nationwide 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. hartal on Monday, September 5 in reaction to the execution of one of its leaders. “Dawn-to-dusk” hartals almost always begin at 6:00 a.m. on the day they are called and generally end at 6:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message (PDF ...
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Security Message: Nationwide Strike or Hartal on Wednesday

Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist political group, has called for a nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Wednesday, August 31st in reaction to the death sentence announced today of of one of its leaders.  “Dawn-to-dusk” hartals almost always begin at 6:00 a.m. on the day they are called and generally end at 6:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message (PDF ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy would like to invite the U.S. Citizens to a Town Hall Meeting to engage in a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh. The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Elizabeth Gourlay will be present to respond to questions or concerns ...
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Security Message: Demonstration and Rally for July 27 and July 29

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has called for a demonstration in all metropolitan cities of Bangladesh, including Dhaka, and all upazilla (sub-district) headquarters on Wednesday, July 27 to protest the conviction of its Senior VC Tarique Rahman in a money laundering case. Additionally, Hefazat-e-Islam has called for a rally on Friday, July 29, at the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy would like to advise U.S. citizens of the possibility of further terrorist attacks in Bangladesh. Please give consideration to your personal security. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that U.S. government personnel are not permitted to: Visit public places Travel on foot, motorcycle, bicycle, rickshaw or other uncovered means on public thoroughfares ...
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Security Message: Hartal or Strike on May 8th

Jamaat-e-Islami, a political group, has called for a nationwide twenty-four hour hartal on Sunday, May 8 to protest the death sentence that was upheld today by the Supreme Court against one of the defendants convicted by the International Crimes Tribunal. Read the full message.  (PDF 192 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader .
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Security Message: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. Read the full message (PDF 232KB) PDF Files Require the ...
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Security Message

Islam’s second-largest gathering after the Hajj, “Bishwa Ijtema,” will take place January 8-10 (Fri-Sun) and January 15-17 (Fri-Sun), 2016 on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi. The main gathering point is about 3 km north of the International Airport. The government expects between three and four million visitors from around the world will attend ...
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