US warns its citizens of continuing threats from ‘terrorist groups’ in Bangladesh
The US Department of State has warned the US citizens of continuing threats from "terrorist groups" in Bangladesh and asked them to consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country, reports news agency UNB.
The Department has updated the travel warning to reflect the change in the US Embassy in Dhaka's status to "partially accompanied", effective from 24 August allowing all spouses, partners of the US government personnel to remain in or return to Dhaka.
Previously, only adult family members employed by the US government were permitted to remain or return to Dhaka.
"Minor dependents are still prohibited from residing in Dhaka," reads the travel warning posted by the US Passports and International Travel wing.
The US Embassy, it said, remains open and will provide all consular services. This travel warning replaced the travel warning dated 5 January.
US government officials and their adult family members are not permitted to travel on foot, motorcycle, bicycle, rickshaw, or other uncovered means on public thoroughfares and sidewalks in Bangladesh.
In addition, the travel alert said US government officials and their family members remain severely restricted in their ability to visit public establishments and places or to attend large gatherings in Bangladesh.
The US citizens should take stringent security measures, remain vigilant, and be alert to local security developments, it said.