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 Kuala Lumpur reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. In the past, terrorist organizations have on occasion planned their attacks to coincide with significant dates on the calendar.
At present, the U.S. Embassy is not aware of any specific terrorist threat to U.S. citizens in Malaysia. U.S. citizens should remain vigilant at all times while traveling; U.S. citizens overseas may be targeted by extremist groups regardless of the country they are in. 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, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website (http://travel.state.gov/) for the Worldwide Caution (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html), Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Malaysia Country Specific Information (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/malaysia.html).
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (https://step.state.gov/step/) [STEP (https://step.state.gov/step/)] to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia, located at 376 Jalan Tun Razak 50400, Kuala Lumpur, and is open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are a U.S. citizen and have any questions or concerns, please call the U.S. Embassy at (030) 2168-4979 or 4997 during normal business hours, or visit the U.S. Citizens Service website at https://my.usembassy.gov/. We will post the most updated information on the website. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (03) 2168-5000.
- 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).