Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Dhaka (Bangladesh), Holiday Season Security Reminder

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and maintain awareness of your surroundings during the upcoming month of Ramadan, expected to be observed in Bangladesh from the end of May 2017.

The Department of State's Bangladesh Travel Warning of January 5, 2017 is still in effect and the terrorist threat remains credible. The Islamic State (also referred to as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)) and al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) have publicly claimed credit for various attacks in Bangladesh since September 2015, and further terrorist attacks could occur against foreigners. These attacks may be timed to coincide with the holiday season. Historically, there has also been an increase in the number of petty crimes such as theft during Ramadan.

Please review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council