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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Basrah - Day of the Oppressed

March 18, 2012

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General Basrah wish to inform U.S. citizens living and working in Basrah, Iraq, about the possibility of significant disruptions in Basrah resulting from demonstrations planned on Monday, March 19, 2012.  In anticipation of the “Day of the Oppressed” demonstration, the Basrah Provincial Council has announced that Monday will be an official holiday.  Iraqi Security Forces in Basrah are planning for the possibility of large numbers of people gathering in public places, which will likely affect normal traffic flows.  The Embassy and Consulate General Basrah recommend that all U.S. citizens be prepared to adjust travel plans according to the possible impact of this event, and to the extent possible, avoid travel in Basrah on Monday, March 19.

U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

U.S. citizens may contact the U.S. Embassy, located in the International Zone, via e-mail to BaghdadACS@state.gov.  In the event of a U.S. citizen emergency please contact:  0770-443-1286 (from Iraq) or 011-964-770-443-1286 (from the United States).

U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad. 

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain the latest information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).