Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Planned for Friday

January 6, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that a large demonstration has been planned in Kathmandu for Friday, January 6, 2017.  From 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm on Friday afternoon, several political parties will be marching from various locations in Kathmandu, converging on Exhibition Road—in the vicinity of Ratna Park.  This is not a bandh (strike), however, traffic congestion is expected in numerous locations around the city, and will be especially difficult near Ratna Park.  A total of nine political parties are expected to participate, with the ability to draw large numbers.  The following areas are the projected starting points: Gongabu, Lainchaur, Bagbazar, Tripureshwor, Chabhil, Goushala, Hadi Gaun, Koteshwor, New Baneshwor, Koupondole, Lagankhel.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution and good judgment if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Please do not attempt to drive through any crowd that you might encounter.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu expects to conduct normal operations on Friday, January 6, 2017.  However, travel around Kathmandu may be difficult or impossible for members of the public.  The Embassy is located in Maharajgunj and is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, except U.S. and Nepali holidays posted on the Embassy website.  During working hours, the telephone number for the Embassy is +977(1) 423-4000.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours numbers for the Embassy are +(977)(1) 400-7266 and +(977)(1) 400-7269.  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).

See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, and Nepal Country Specific Information.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens living or traveling in Nepal enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  If you received this message, you are successfully enrolled.  If friends and family have not received this message, their STEP enrollment may not be complete.