In the wake of recent bombings in Myanmar, US Embassy alerted its citizens on October 15 to take caution in traveling around the country.
Since a week ago, seven Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have detonated, or have been discovered and rendered safe in Yangon and other regions. The bombings have reportedly killed two people and injured several others, including an American tourist.
The Embassy has asked the US citizens to take appropriate caution especially in public places such as parks, markets, and bus stops, even though there is no indication that any of these bombings were specifically directed toward U.S. citizens. Travellers have been requested to remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. The Embassy recommended informing the authorities and leaving the area if anything suspicious is discovered.
The Embassy also advised the US travellers to enrol in the Department of State’s Smart Travellers Enrolment Program (STEP) at http://www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrolment gives latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact the travellers in case of emergency. The Embassy also suggested enrolling directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if the internet access is not available.