Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Cambodia Supreme Court Decision

On November 16 2017, Cambodia’s Supreme Court is expected to rule on a motion to dissolve the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The Cambodian government has placed its security forces on alert in anticipation of potential demonstrations and protests in response to the decision. Expect a heightened security presence in Phnom Penh, especially around the Supreme Court. Roads around the Supreme Court, Royal Palace and riverfront may be blocked, causing significant traffic delays. U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor the local media, follow the instructions of local authorities and avoid protests and demonstrations. Although the Embassy has no specific information regarding any planned demonstrations or security issues at this time, we urge all U.S. citizens to exercise caution. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence without warning.

The U.S. Embassy encourages you to avoid large crowds and immediately leave any area where crowds are gathering. You should remain alert to local security developments by monitoring local news reports, be vigilant regarding your personal security and preparedness, be aware of your surroundings, and plan your activities accordingly.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Cambodia Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, located at 1, Street 96 (near Wat Phnom) Phnom Penh, Cambodia, at +855 23-728-402 / +855 23-728-051 / +855 23-728-234, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except for U.S. federal holidays). After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +855 23-728-000, press 1 and then 0 to be transferred to the operator.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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