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 recently carried out raids on suspected militants, and multiple media reports have quoted officials as stating that they uncovered explosive devices and plans for attacks. The Government of Bangladesh has announced increased security measures in Dhaka for New Year’s Eve.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to review the Bangladesh Travel Warning. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places, especially where Westerners are known to frequent.

For further information:

  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, located at Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1212, at (88) (02) 5566-2000, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Sunday through Thursday. Weekends and After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (88) (02) 5566-2000 and press “0” and ask for the duty officer.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Mondaythrough Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).