Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations/Bandhs

12 August 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that the All Nepal National Independent Student Union (ANNISU-R) has called for a nationwide educational strike (bandh) on August 15th and 16th.  Planned actions could include disturbances, demonstrations, and actions that could result in violence or other disruptions. Confrontations between protesters and motorists could occur, especially at major chowks (intersections).  Clashes between protestors and police may occur anywhere within the Kathmandu Valley and greater Nepal.  The Embassy will be open for normal operations.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Avoid large crowds and gatherings.  Use good judgment and common sense when traveling.  Please do not attempt to drive through any crowd that you might encounter.

On [normal working day date(s) within the bandh period, usually a Monday] the U.S. Embassy will conduct normal operations.  However, travel around Kathmandu may be difficult or impossible for members of the public.  The Consular Section is open for emergency American citizen services from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, on normal work days.  In the event of an emergency situation after hours, please contact the Embassy and ask for the Duty Officer.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

  • 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.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu is located on Maharajgunj and is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, excepting U.S. and Nepali holidays.  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 number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate 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 from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).