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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: On-going Demonstrations in Phnom Penh

Released on December 27, 2013

This security message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Cambodia to ongoing political protests and demonstrations in the country. Daily protests organized by the political opposition continue in Phnom Penh at Freedom Park (Streets 106/108 between 51 and 63), with marches through the central part of the city often disrupting traffic on major north-south and east-west streets. The opposition has called for large-scale participation in these events on Sundays for at least the next several weeks. Other political protests have also occurred for the past several days at City Hall, located on Monivong Boulevard near the Raffles Hotel, and separate marches by protesting factory workers have been reported in front of the airport and on other roads leading into Phnom Penh. Additionally, large protests have occurred sporadically in other sections of the country, including the tourist center of Siem Reap.

During demonstrations and marches, severe restrictions may be imposed on movements into and around Phnom Penh. Although recent political gatherings in Cambodia have been largely nonviolent, even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence without warning. The U.S. Embassy encourages you to avoid large crowds and immediately leave any area where crowds are gathering. You should remain alert to local security developments by monitoring local news reports, be vigilant regarding your personal security and preparedness, be aware of your surroundings, and plan your activities accordingly.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Cambodia enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Cambodia. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is located at 1, Street 96 (near Wat Phnom), Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and is open Monday thru Friday (except for U.S. federal holidays) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The telephone number is 023-728-000. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance during regular office hours, please call (+855) 023-728-402, 023-728-051, or 023-728-234. In the event of an emergency after hours, please call (+855) 023-728-000, then press 1 and then 0 to be transferred to the operator.