US warns citizens from travelling to Nepal

The US has cautioned its nationals from travelling to the country, a popular tourist destination.

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2010, 15:33 PM IST

Washington: Concerned about the security
situation in Nepal, the US has cautioned its nationals from
travelling to the country, a popular tourist destination.

"The Department of State warns US citizens of the
potential risks of travelling to Nepal and urges caution when
travelling in that country," the travel advisory said, adding
that the US remains concerned about the security situation in
Nepal.

"US citizens are urged to obtain updated security
information before travelling and they should be prepared to
change their plans on short notice," the advisory, which
replaces that of November 19, said.

Noting that the US Embassy in Kathmandu continues to
monitor the political situation in Nepal closely, it advised
its citizens about the potential remains for spontaneous
demonstrations and political unrest, which could escalate into
violence.

"Crime in the Kathmandu Valley and in the major cities of
Nepal continues and includes violent crimes, robberies by
armed gangs, and harassment of female travellers. Police
resources to combat such crimes are limited.

"Theft and muggings occasionally occur in popular tourist
and trekking areas such as Chitwan, Pokhara, the Annapurna
region and the Thamel area of Kathmandu," the advisory said.
The travel advisory said protests, demonstrations, and
disruptions continue to occur, often without advance notice.

"In a recent indefinite strike imposed by the Unified
CPN-Maoist Party from May 3 to 7, business and transportation
were brought to a standstill. During this strike, large
demonstrations were held and incidents of localized violence
occurred," it said.

During past demonstrations, some protestors forcibly
closed businesses, damaged vehicles, threw rocks, and burned
tyres to block traffic, the advisory said.

PTI