Security Alert: Durga Puja – Personal safety reminder – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert: Durga Puja – Personal safety reminder – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (September 29, 2022)

Location:  Bangladesh, countrywide

Event:  Durga Puja, the five-day Hindu festival, will take place October 1-5, 2022.  Thousands of participants will gather at temples throughout the country in celebration.

Security Guidance for all U.S. citizens:  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large gatherings of any kind may be potential flashpoints for violence.  During this time of increased activity, the Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to employ good personal security practices:

  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations;
  • Be aware of your surroundings;
  • Keep a low profile;
  • Monitor local media for updates; and
  • Review your personal security plans and foster good security practices among your family members.

Review and adhere to the guidance found in the current Bangladesh Travel Advisory (state.gov) located on the U.S. Embassy Dhaka website.

Assistance:

  • You can contact the S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, located on Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1212, at (88) (02) 5566-2000, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday except for holidays.  On holidays, during weekends, or after-hours for emergencies, U.S. citizens can call (88) (02) 5566-2000 and press “0” and ask for the duty officer.
  • DhakaACS@state.gov
  • State Department – Consular Affairs – 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • Bangladesh Country Information
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