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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rangoon (Burma), Burmese Water Festival (Thingyan)

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The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon alerts U.S. citizens that the Water Festival in Burma, also known as Thingyan, will take place the week of April 9, 2017.  In the past, festive gatherings during Thingyan have led to increased incidents of drunk driving, occasional criminal behavior, and unexpected violence.  While the Embassy will be closed for Thingyan from April 12-18, 2017, emergency consular services will continue to be available by calling
+95 (0)95124330, or +95 1 500 547. 

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens, the Embassy advises U.S. citizens to be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  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. 

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. 

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries 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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