U.S. Reissues ‘DO NOT TRAVEL’ Warning For This Asian Country

U.S. Reissues 'DO NOT TRAVEL' Warning For This Asian Country

After reviewing its recommendations, the U.S. State Department still advises against traveling to Myanmar/Burma (Level 4: Do Not Travel). Explosions and other violent acts can happen anywhere, at any time, even in Yangon. Attacks against foreign-favorite locations, such as public areas and civilian infrastructure, can happen. The attack’s location and intensity are unpredictable. 

During a coup d’état in February 2021, elected government officials were detained and overthrown by the military regime in Myanmar. Protests and rallies against military rule are still held, frequently on important occasions. In response to these protests, the military has detained people without cause and used lethal force against both protestors and viewers.

The Department of State has concluded that there is a chance that the military regime will wrongfully detain American citizens.

Because U.S. government employees need special permission to travel outside of Rangoon, the U.S. government’s ability to provide emergency services in Myanmar is limited.

Tips On Keeping Safe While Traveling in Myanmar

  • Maintain a high level of vigilance at all times.
  • Minimize unnecessary movements, particularly during events of national importance.
  • Periodically assess and enhance your security practices.
  • Stay abreast of political and social developments by closely following the news.
  • Monitor media updates to stay informed about the evolving situation.
  • Prepare by stocking up on sufficient water and food supplies for a minimum of 4 days.
  • Charge your mobile phone in anticipation of potential internet, communication, and power disruptions.
  • Steer clear of participating in demonstrations and gatherings.
  • Be prepared for roadblocks, searches, and an increased military presence.

What’s the current situation in Myanmar in 2024?

As of 2024, Myanmar continues to face intense internal conflict and humanitarian crises. The ongoing resistance against the military junta, which began after the February 2021 coup, has intensified. Several resistance groups, including the Brotherhood Alliance and the National Unity Government, have coordinated widespread attacks against the military, leading to significant territorial gains and momentum for the resistance movement. Despite these developments, the conflict has had severe consequences, including increased military attacks on civilian populations and notable human rights violations.

The situation has led to a staggering number of civilian casualties, with Human Rights Watch reporting the arrest of over 24,000 anti-coup protesters and the death of 4,000 since the coup. The Myanmar military’s actions have been characterized by targeted attacks on civilians, including the use of thermobaric bombs and airstrikes, resulting in numerous deaths and violations of international humanitarian law.

The humanitarian situation in Myanmar is dire, with nearly 2 million people internally displaced and 94,000 refugees fleeing to neighboring countries. The United Nations’ Humanitarian Needs and Response Plan for 2024 highlights the escalating fighting, displacement, and protection threats affecting large parts of the country. Approximately 18.6 million people, including 6 million children, need humanitarian assistance due to disrupted healthcare, education, food insecurity, and other crises.

These developments in Myanmar indicate a prolonged and complex conflict, with significant implications for the region’s stability and the well-being of its citizens. For more detailed information about the current situation in Myanmar, you can refer to sources like ACLED (Conflict Watchlist 2024), Human Rights Watch (World Report 2024: Myanmar), and the United Nations in Myanmar (Myanmar Humanitarian Needs and Response Plan 2024).