Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh, countrywide.

Event:  Durga Puja, the 5-day Hindu festival, will be held from October 22-26.  Thousands of participants will gather at Hindu temples throughout the country in celebration.

Security Guidance Reminder for all U.S. citizens:  In addition to continuing to take sound COVID-related health precautions, practice sound personal security measures by remaining alert, being aware of your surroundings, and avoiding large gatherings.  Avoid protests, demonstrations, and/or rallies.  Especially during this time of increased activity, we remind you to employ good personal security practices:

  • Avoid large crowds/demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, taking a mental note of locations that provide a safe retreat.
  • Report to the police any vehicles or persons possibly involved in suspicious activity.
  • In traffic, try to leave space to maneuver if needed or take an alternate route.
  • If your schedule allows, vary routes and times to and from home.
  • Carry your phone, ID, and emergency contact information with you.
  • Only offer your personal information such as family member and/or household staff    names, addresses, or telephone numbers to known persons.
  • Only accept trusted deliveries and grant known or expected individuals access to your residence.
  • Foster good personal security practices among your family members.
  • Do not engage with unknown persons who could compromise your security.  Report any incident to the police and contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit, as appropriate.
  • Review and adhere to the guidance found in the current Travel Advisory located on the U.S. Embassy Dhaka web site.


  • You can contact the U.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.
  • State Department – Consular Affairs – 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • Bangladesh Country Information
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