Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur

Location: U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur Event:  U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur would like to advise U.S. citizens that a planned demonstration will take place in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday, May 18, 2018.  Due to the fact that this demonstration was quickly organized this week we do not have an accurate assessment of the crowd ...
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U.S. Embassy Closure on Thursday, May 10, 2018, and Friday, May 11, 2018

Due to the newly announced public holidays in Malaysia,  U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur is closed for routine consular services on Thursday, May 10, 2018, and Friday, May 11, 2018. For emergency assistance regarding the death, arrest or serious injury of an American citizen when the Consular Section is closed, please telephone +6 03-2168-5000 . Assistance: U.S. Embassy ...
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Planned Demonstration Friday – April 13, 2018

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur (April 12, 2018) Location: U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur Event:  A small planned demonstration is expected to take place on Friday, April 13, 2018, beginning at approximately 2:00 PMin front of the U.S. Embassy.  The demonstration is anticipated to last one hour. U.S. government personnel are advised that the Embassy front ...
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Travel Safety Tips and Immigration Requirements

Now that spring break and summer vacation are approaching, the U.S. Embassy would like to advise all U.S. citizens in Malaysia about the following travel safety tips and immigration requirements: Before you travel, make sure your U.S. passport has at least 6 months validity and has 2 blank pages Enroll in STEP ( https://step.state.gov/step/ ) for ...
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Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. Follow ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur

Location: The Beach Club located at 924 Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur Event: U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur advises all U.S. citizens that The Beach Club located at 924 Jalan P Ramlee Kuala Lumpur is officially designated as an off-limits location to all personnel under Chief of Mission authority, precipitated by a coordinated drink-spiking event targeting ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens : Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice. The Travel Advisory will ...
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Worldwide Caution

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. ...
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Alert on Rabies in Sarawak

21 August 2017   What is the current situation? The Malaysian state of Sarawak has declared parts of three divisions to be “rabies infectious areas.” Five human rabies cases and almost 800 cases of people being bitten by rabid animals have been reported in Serian, Sri Aman, and Kutching divisions as of July 2017. All ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus Update

United States Embassy Kuala Lumpur Security Message for U.S. Citizens Zika Virus Update March 29, 2017 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Zika travel guidance on March 10, 2017, recommending that pregnant women not travel to any area where there is a risk of Zika virus infection. For a world map ...
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Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Kuala Lumpur, November 25, 2016

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on November 25, 2016  The U.S. Embassy in Malaysia advises U.S. citizens that there will be a demonstration in front of the Myanmar Embassy on Friday, November 25, 2016 beginning at approximately 2:00PM. The Myanmar Embassy is located on Jalan Ampang Hilir,  near the small traffic ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur on November 19, 2016

The Malaysian media has reported that a large rally is likely to occur in Kuala Lumpur starting the morning of Saturday, November 19. The coalition of civil society groups known as Bersih has stated its intention to assemble supporters at the National Mosque and the Maybank Tower at Jalan Bangsar and walk toward Merdeka Square ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus

United States Embassy Kuala Lumpur Security Message for U.S. Citizens Zika Virus October 3, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for Malaysia regarding the risk of Zika virus infection. Zika virus is endemic .  The risk of Zika to travelers, especially ...
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Security Message for US Citizens

Reminder of Security Practices Malaysian authorities have confirmed links between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the June 28 explosion at a nightclub in the Puchong area of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In view of this and the recent incidents in Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, the U.S. Embassy in ...
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Security Message

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ...
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Typhoid Outbreak

The Ministry of Health Malaysia has reported 32 confirmed cases of typhoid since August in the following areas of Kuala Lumpur: Titiwangsa, Kepong, Pantai, and Cheras. No fatalities have been reported. Typhoid is a communicable disease and there is a vaccination for it that is recommended by the CDC prior to travel to Malaysia. You ...
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Avoid Jalan Alor on September 24, 2015

Based on credible threat information regarding a potential terrorist act, the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur advises U.S. citizens to avoid Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Alor (Alor Street) and the immediate surrounding areas, on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  For all other locations, the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution ...
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Unhealthy Air Conditions in Malaysia

According to the Malaysian Department of Environment, many areas throughout Malaysia are currently suffering from air pollutants (haze) in the “unhealthy” or “very unhealthy” ranges caused by smoke from burning in Indonesia and Malaysia. Updated information on air quality levels in Malaysia may be obtained from the Department’s website (in English) at:  http://apims.doe.gov.my/v2/.  Air quality is ...
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Demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur on September 16, 2015

The Malaysian media has reported that a large demonstration is likely to occur in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.  Please be aware that local law prohibits non-Malaysians from participating in public demonstrations.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, or demonstrations.  Monitor ...
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Updated Security Info on Travel to Eastern Sabah

Following the May 14, 2015 kidnapping of two Malaysian nationals from a restaurant outside the city of Sandakan, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review important security information regarding travel in the eastern coastal region of the Malaysian state of Sabah. The targeted areas are detailed in our most recent Malaysia Specific Information-Threats to ...
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Alleged Drugging of Foreign Nationals in Local Nightclub

The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has become aware of several foreigners who have been targets of an alleged drugging incident in a nightclub in Kuala Lumpur. As a result of this incident, the U.S. Embassy has restricted embassy personnel from frequenting The Beach Club located on Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur. The U.S. Embassy ...
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ASEAN Meetings in Kota Kinabalu, January 27, 2015

The U.S. Government urges U.S. citizens to exercise caution when traveling to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meetings from January 27-28, 2015. Extremists view large gatherings of foreign dignitaries as attractive targets for potential terrorist attacks. As such, U.S. citizens should be especially vigilant in and around venues ...
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Flooding in Central and East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

Due to heavy rainfall, the coastal and river areas of the Malaysian states of Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan are severely flooded and flood waters continue to rise. More than 10,000 residents in these regions have been evacuated, including the resort guests in the Taman Negara National Park. U.S. citizens are advised to defer travel to ...
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U.S. Embassy Encourages Increased Vigilance for International Schools

A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other international schools in 16 Muslim countries, including Western teachers employed at these schools. That message referenced schools in the localities of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) as examples, and these two cities as locations with high concentrations of potential targets. ...
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Security Reminder on Travel to Eastern Sabah

The Embassy remains concerned that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) may target U.S. citizens for kidnapping near the coastal resorts and islands in Eastern Sabah. These areas are detailed in the Safety and Security section of the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for Malaysia. The full text is included in this message. The U.S. ...
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Travel to Coastal Eastern Sabah

The Embassy has received renewed information that extremist groups continue to plan kidnapping for ransom operations near the coastal resorts and islands in Eastern Sabah, particularly during the last days of Ramadan. The targeted areas are detailed in our most recent Malaysia Specific Information-Threats to Safety and Security. The full text is included in this ...
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Planned Demonstration at Merdeka Square, Thursday, May 1, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has learned from local police and social media that a group of protestors are planning a demonstration related to domestic political issues.  The protest is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Merdeka Square.  The protestors may begin gathering at 10:00 a.m. in ...
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Warning Against Travel to Coastal Eastern Sabah and Islands

Malaysian authorities have confirmed the kidnapping of two women, a foreign tourist and a hotel employee, on April 2, 2014, from a water village resort off the coast of the town of Semporna in Eastern Sabah. Police are investigating the incident and no further details are available at this time. The Department of State recently ...
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Avoiding Snatch Theft

Snatch theft and pickpocketing are the most commonly reported crimes in Malaysia and all of us are at risk. Thieves on motorcycles or leaning out of car windows typically snatch handbags, necklaces, and mobile phones from unsuspecting pedestrians. Snatch thieves on motorcycles have been known to drive through “red” traffic signals and onto sidewalks to ...
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