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Bangladesh Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Nov 08, 2006

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Bangladesh to recent events related to the security situation in Bangladesh. American citizens are urged to continue to monitor events closely and remain vigilant with regard to their personal security while in the country. This Public Announcement expires on May 6, 2007.

In late October 2006, political violence erupted in Dhaka and provincial cities, killing approximately 15 people and wounding several hundred. The political opposition successfully shut down the country's major port in Chittagong, border entry points from India, and major highways leading to Dhaka and Chittagong. All modes of transportation, including rail and river, were temporarily disrupted.

An interim "caretaker" government took office at the end of October to begin preparations for general elections anticipated for January 2007. The two main political parties - the former ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the opposition Awami League - have failed to agree on key modalities for the elections. Based on experience from elections in 2001, the Embassy expects the situation throughout Bangladesh to remain uncertain through January 2007. During that four-month election cycle, nearly 400 people were reported killed and over 17,000 injured.

Transportation networks and other services may be disrupted by sporadic local or countrywide general strikes (hartals). The Embassy advises all Americans traveling or residing in Bangladesh to keep abreast of developments when planning travel. American citizens in Bangladesh should remain vigilant and avoid large crowds and political demonstrations.

U.S. citizens planning to travel to Bangladesh should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Bangladesh and the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and (202) 501-4444 from overseas.

U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Bangladesh are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy, where they may obtain updated information on travel and security within Bangladesh. Security updates are e-mailed to all registered Americans with an e-mail address. American citizens may register online at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/. During normal business hours American citizens may call the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka at (880-2) 882-3805; for after-hours emergencies, call (880-2) 885-5500, dial "0" and ask for the duty officer. The fax number of the consular section is (880-2) 882-4449. The U.S. Embassy is located in the diplomatic enclave north of downtown Dhaka, at Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka 1212. The Embassy's workweek is Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The American Citizens Services (ACS) unit is open to the public from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday, except for American and most local holidays.

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