Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Burma. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. Previous attacks have targeted government buildings, commercial premises, public transport, festivals, hotels and cinemas. You should take sensible precautions and follow the advice of the local security forces.
On 17 and 20 November 2016, there were 3 small explosions at 2 supermarkets in Rangoon. On 24 November 2016, there were 4 small explosions outside the Immigration Office in Rangoon. No serious injuries were reported.
There were a number of small explosions in Rangoon, Taungoo and Sagaing in October 2013 in which one foreign national was injured. The motivation for these attacks remains unclear.The last large-scale attack occurred in April 2010 when 3 bombs exploded injuring over 170 people celebrating the Burmese (Buddhist) New Year in Rangoon.
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.