U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur Security Alert: Exercise Increase Caution in Eastern Sabah

Location: Eastern Area of Sabah State

Issue: Potential for kidnappings  

The Embassy would like to remind U.S. Citizens that there is a threat of kidnappings-for-ransom from both terrorist and criminal groups.  These groups may attack with little to no warning targeting coastal resorts, island resorts, and boats ferrying tourists to resort islands.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in eastern Sabah.  U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to parts of eastern Sabah.

Read the Safety and Security Section on the country information page for further information regarding the Eastern area of Sabah State.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Do not draw attention to yourself.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.