Travel Warning

This information is current as of today, Wed Dec 31 14:44:38 2008.

Bangladesh

December 23, 2008

...The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Bangladesh.

...and urges caution while traveling...

This Travel Alert

expires on January 5, 2009...

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Bangladesh, and urges caution while traveling during the period before and after the upcoming election on December 29. This Travel Alert expires on January 5, 2009.

On December 17, 2008, the Government of Bangladesh lifted a State of Emergency that had been in place since January 11, 2007. With the December 29 national election approaching, political parties have begun to organize large gatherings and election rallies throughout the country. Large gatherings in Bangladesh, including those organized for campaigning purposes, in the past have erupted in violence. Several newspapers also have reported terrorist threats focused on the elections. With these developments in mind, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling to or already in Bangladesh to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to review their security awareness.

The security situation in Bangladesh can be fluid, and Americans are urged to check with the U.S. Embassy for the latest information. U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can quickly and unexpectedly escalate into violence. American citizens therefore are urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. U.S. citizens should monitor media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times. Information regarding demonstrations in Bangladesh can be found on the U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s web site at http://dhaka.usembassy.gov/. The Government of Bangladesh has stated it may suspend cell phone coverage during this period. Landlines, however, should not be affected. The Embassy will remain open during elections.

Visitors to Bangladesh should check with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka for updated information on the current political situation. The U.S. Embassy is located approximately four miles south of Zia International Airport, and five miles north of downtown in the Diplomatic Enclave, Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka, telephone (88-02) 885-5500, fax number (88-02) 882-3744. The Consular Section is open for American Citizens Services Sunday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For emergency services and general information during business hours, please call (88-02) 882-3805. For emergency services after hours, please call (88-02) 885-5500 and ask for the duty officer.



Form DS-5504: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement

 

SUBMIT FORM DS-5504 IF:
 

  • You need to change your name in your valid U.S. passport
  • You need to extend the validity of a limited passport (if eligible)
  • You need to correct a printing error in your valid U.S. passport

 

 

If your U.S. passport was issued more than one year ago, you may not be eligible to use Form DS-5504. See Correcting or Changing Information in Your U.S. Passport for more information.


STEPS TO SUBMITTING FORM DS-5504 :

Read and understand Steps 1-3 before leaving this page. There is no fee when submitting Form DS-5504 using Routine Processing. Printing errors (typos) will be corrected at any time while the passport is valid for no fee using Form DS-5504.

STEP 1: Complete and Print Form

  • If completing Form DS-5504 online, make sure that all of the entered information is complete and correct before printing. Print the completed form using black ink on one-sided pages.

If completing Form DS-5504 by hand, do so legibly and in black ink.  Make sure that all of the entered information is complete and correct. Illegible applications may delay application processing times.


 

STEP 2: Sign and Date

You must sign and date Form DS-5504 on page 1 of the application.

STEP 3: Submit Completed Form + Additional Documents

  • If it has been less than 90 days since your passport was issued, please mail Form DS-5504 to the address listed on the form, along with:
  • Your valid U.S. passport
  • Evidence to support the change requested (see Instruction Page 2 of the form)
  • If it has been more than 90 days since your passport was issued, please mail Form DS-5504 to the address listed on the form, along with:
  • Your valid U.S. passport
  • Evidence to support the change requested (see Instruction Page 2 of the form)
  • Two new Passport Photos

From DS-64: Statement Regarding a Stolen or Lost Passport

Your stolen passport is worth $10,000+ on the black market. Take every precaution to protect it against theft. If it is stolen report it IMMEATELY!! Your stolen passport can and likely will be used in terrorism if not reported.

 

FORM DS-64 SHOULD BE COMPLETED IF:
 You need to report and replace a lost or stolen U.S. passport

 


STEPS TO SUBMITTING COMPLETED FORM DS-64:

Read and understand Steps 1-3 before leaving this page. Passports reported lost or stolen are invalidated and can no longer be used for travel. See Important Notes for more information.

STEP 1: Print and Complete Form

When completing Form DS-64, do so legibly and in black ink. Answer all questions completely. If you do not know the answer in detail, be as exact as possible

STEP 2: Sign and Date

You must sign and date Form DS-64 on page 1 of the form.

STEP 3: Submit From DS-64+ Form DS-11

To replace your lost or stolen U.S. passport, submit Form DS-64 with completed Form Form DS-11 to an Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency.

If you are not applying for a replacement passport at this time, but wish to report the loss or theft of your U.S. passport, submit Form DS-64 to:

U.S. Department of State
Passport Services
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The information you provide on Form DS-64: Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen
    Passport
    will be entered in our Consular Lost/Stolen Passport System.
  • If you recover the passport after you have reported it lost or stolen, please submit it to the address listed above. When you submit it, if requested – we will cancel it and return it to you. If not requested, it will be destroyed.
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