On 7 September 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Yangon issued a Message to U.S. citizens, which reads in part as follows: “The Embassy advises all Americans that recent developments, including the National Unity Government’s announcement of a ‘people’s defensive war against the military,’ could result in heightened tensions in Yangon and in outlying areas. While the Embassy has no knowledge of specific threats, recent explosions and attacks in Yangon, coupled with military responses to these events, present a serious threat to American citizens and may increase in frequency and intensity. Roadblocks and military operations could become more prevalent in Yangon and throughout the country. The Embassy advises Americans to avoid public gatherings and limit their outside activities. Review your personal security plans and keep a low profile. Always keep some form of communication with you and monitor local events. Maintain an adequate stock of medicine, food and water should you need to shelter in place. Please note that there are now some reports of panic buying.

“Please have a plan in the event telecommunications become limited or unavailable. Advise family and associates of this possibility in advance. Updates from the Embassy may not be readily accessible due to a telecommunications outage during a crisis.

“The current Level 4 Travel Advisory is the highest level issued by the Department of State and advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Burma or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so due to the greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. As a result of these conditions, if you experience an emergency, the U.S. Embassy has a very limited ability to provide assistance.”