On 16 March 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka issued a Security Alert regarding the upcoming Independence Day holiday, which reads in part as follows: “Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) request all residents to refrain from non-essential movements throughout the city from Wednesday, March 17 through Saturday, March 27 in observance of Bangladesh’s 50 Years of Independence. Police officials made this request to minimize vehicular traffic so official VIP visitors will be able to move unimpeded with police escorts through the city. Police have also advised against holding political rallies or social gatherings in public spaces.

“During this 10-day period, DMP may implement additional security measures in select locations to include road closures. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority will suspend air traffic during the flight arrivals and departures of state guests. In honor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday on March 17 shopping malls and shops will be closed. Pharmacies, grocery stores, and restaurants will remain open.

“U.S. citizens are encouraged to exercise increased vigilance during this period. Please be aware of surroundings, review personal security plan, monitor local media for updates, and keep mobile phones accessible in case of emergency.”