Yangon Heritage Trust Publishes Plans to Rejuvenate Yangon

The Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) released on September 27 its new plan to rejuvenate Yangon by conserving its heritage sites and modernising its infrastructure to make it “Asia’s most livable city”.

The plan includes maps, descriptions and opinions on preserving Yangon’s heritage places and strategies for long-term development. The plan includes 24 projects, including expanding green spaces and upgrading road systems in downtown Yangon to make the city a hub for international art and culture. Read more here.building_0

TRAVEL ALERT- EUROPE

TRAVEL ALERT- EUROPE
November 21, 2016
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets. This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017.
Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe, with a focus on the upcoming holiday season and associated events. U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility that extremist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks during this period with little or no warning. Terrorists may employ a wide variety of tactics, using both conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.
While extremists have carried out attacks in Belgium, France, Germany, and Turkey in the past year, the Department remains concerned about the potential for attacks throughout Europe. If you are traveling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the U.S. Embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages.
U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when attending large holiday events, visiting tourist sites, using public transportation, and frequenting places of worship, restaurants, hotels, etc. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds, when possible. Review security information from local officials, who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. U.S. citizens should:
· Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
· Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
· Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
· Have an emergency plan of action ready.
· Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
European authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots. We continue to work closely with our European allies on the threat from international terrorism. Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.
For further information:
· See the Department of State’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and 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.
· 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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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel to Northern Shan State

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens, and most areas in Burma remain safe for tourists to visit, the Embassy would like to advise U.S. citizens to avoid the area between Muse, Lashio, and Hsipaw in Northern Shan State due to the continued conflict between the Burmese military and various ethnic armed groups and militia forces.
The Embassy advises U.S. citizens in other parts of Burma to take normal precautions to ensure your safety and security. 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. 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. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Please be aware that we may not be able to reach you immediately if you are traveling in remote or restricted areas.
• 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. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +95 (0)95124330, or +95 1 500 547.
• 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).

• Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Burma: Small Explosions

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens in Burma, the Embassy advises that there have been small explosions at retail commercial centers in Rangoon. On November 17, there were two small explosions at the Ocean Supercenter in Mayangone Township and on November 20, there were small explosions at the Capital Hyper Market in Thaketa Township.

The Embassy urges U.S. citizens residing in or traveling in Burma to exercise good situational awareness, especially during the height of tourist season. If you see something suspicious, leave the area immediately and report it to local authorities. Do not touch, move, or tamper with any suspicious package. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including at local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. Stay clear of all demonstrations or large public gatherings, including festival crowds. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

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. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate
• 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. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +95 (0)95124330, or +95 1 500 547.
• 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).
• Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Traveling this Holiday Season?

Heading abroad this holiday season? Make sure your passports and visas are in order. Should you require additional passport support, visit the U.S. Citizen Services in Yangon website for more information on applying and renewing your American Passport.

https://mm.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/

If you need to replace a lost, stolen, or expired passport for imminent or urgent travel, contact the Consular Section directly during business hours (see info below), before coming to the Embassy. For assistance after normal business hours contact the Duty Officer. If you have been a victim of a crime report your lost or stolen passport to the police station nearest the incident. Request a copy of the police report for submission with your application for a new passport.

All emergency passports applications should be submitted in person and are valid for one year. Please be aware that in most cases, except for serious emergencies, you will need to submit your application during American Citizen Services Hours (2-3:30pm), and the emergency passport will be issued the next business day.

Address: 110 University Ave, Kamayut Township, Rangoon, Burma
Business Hours: 08:00am – 4:30pm (MON-FRI), except for Embassy Holidays
Phone: (95)- (1) 536-509
Fax: (95)-(1)-511-069
After Hours Duty Officer Phone: (95)-(9)-51-24330 (NO visa enquiries)
After Hours Embassy Phone: (95)-(1)-500-547 (NO visa enquiries)
E-mail: consularrangoon@state.gov

If calling the After Hours Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.

The safety and well-being of United States citizens in Burma is the Consular Office’s primary concern. Consular Officers and staff are able to assist citizens in distress, citizens who are the victims of crime, and citizens who find themselves in other emergency situations.

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at AERA

You are invited to the AERA (American) Club on Saturday, November 26th between 6:00-9:00 p.m. for Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner. This family style feast will include soup, tossed garden salad, pasta with American Club’s famous sauce, maple glazed roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, baked ham, gravy, herb- seasoned stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash and other assorted fixings. It will cost Adults $22.00, Children (Ages 5-10) $11.00 and Children 4 & Under Free!

Please RSVP to NaingKT@state.gov by COB Wednesday

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Peak Tourism Season is Right Around the Corner…

November through February is the peak tourist season in Myanmar. If you plan on traveling through the Golden Land, or are hosting some fellow travelers the following websites offer some great information:

E-Visas: Applying for a Myanmar visa is now easier than ever with the e-visa online tool. Apply for a tourist or business visa here.

Restricted Areas: Foreign travelers making there way across Myanmar must be aware of the restricted areas, and areas that require prior permision to enter. If you plan to visit Kachin State, Kayah State, Kayin State, Chin State, Sagaing Region, Mandalay Region, Rahkine state, Yangon Region, Shan State, or Naypyitaw click here for more information.

Important Information for Travelers: The Consular Section for the U.S. Embassy in Yangon has a wealth of information for U.S. Citizens traveling to Myanmar, including important security information, STEP Registration, and emergency services. Visit our website here.

Myanmar Tourism: Interested in guided tours, hotels, important cultural guidelines, or exploring the different regions of Myanmar? The Ministry of Tourism is a great website to start your research.