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Demonstration Notice to US Citizens in Nepal
 

Updated Demonstration Notice – May 2012

This Notice is an update to the Demonstration Notice posted on May 7, 2012 regarding upcoming demonstrations that have been announced in May 2012.  Various Nepali groups have announced that they intend to hold demonstrations ("bandhs" as they are referred to locally or other programs) during the month of May on the dates listed below in the run-up to the May 28, 2012 Constitutional deadline.  These bandhs or other forms of demonstrations may or may not turn out to be effective.  In the past, similar protests have been successful in shutting down transportation and businesses.  There may also be other programs that take place that have not yet been announced or occur spontaneously.

We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Updated List of May Demonstrations
Date Areas Program Effective Districts
Indefinite Far-Western General Strike Far-Western districts
14-May Kathmandu Valley Peaceful Rally Kathmandu Valley
14-May Nationwide General Strike Nationwide 75 districts
14-18 May Tarai/Madhesh General Strike Tarai/Madhesh
15-May Nationwide General Strike Nationwide 75 districts
15-May Madhesh/Tarai Bandh Tarai districts
17-May Kathmandu Valley Bandh Kathmandu Valley
17-18 May Nationwide General Strike Nationwide 75 districts
18-May Nationwide General Strike Nationwide 75 districts
18-19 May Tarai Bandh Far-West Tarai
14-May Kathmandu Valley Peaceful Rally Kathmandu Valley
14-May Nationwide General Strike Nationwide 75 districts
14-18 May Tarai/Madhesh General Strike Tarai/Madhesh
15-May Nationwide General Strike Nationwide 75 districts
15-May Madhesh/Tarai Bandh Tarai districts
17-May Kathmandu Valley Bandh Kathmandu Valley
17-18 May Nationwide General Strike Nationwide 75 districts
18-May Nationwide General Strike Nationwide 75 districts
18-19 May Tarai Bandh East-West Tarai
19-May Nationwide Torch Rally Nationwide 75 districts
20-22 May Nationwide Bandh Nationwide 75 districts
21-27 May CA Hall Relay Hunger Strike New Baneswor
27-May zone 9C Promulgation of New Constitution Kathmandu Valley
30-May Nationwide Torch Rally Nationwide 75 districts
31-May Madhesh/Tarai Bandh Tarai districts

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu is located at Maharajgunj.  The telephone number is 977-1-4007200 or 4007201.  The number for after-hours emergencies is 977-1-4007266 or 4007269.  The Consulate’s e-mail address is consktm@state.gov and its internet web page is http://nepal.usembassy.gov

For additional information, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad".  U.S. citizens living or traveling in Nepal are encouraged to enroll with the U.S. Embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Travel enrollment allows the Department of State to contact its citizens in the event of an emergency and to provide up-to-date safety and security information.  Enrollees wishing to receive such information must provide an e-mail address with their enrollment. All enrollees are urged to provide complete contact information and a departure date when signing up on-line.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs internet website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and Country Specific Information can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Please monitor the local media for updates. English language local news is available on the following channels at the following times:

Nepal Television                     8:00 am, 12:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 10:30 pm, 1:00 am

Kantipur Television                 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 6:00 pm, 10:30 pm

News 24                                  10:00 am, 10:00 pm