Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Gathering near the U.S. Embassy- June 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a gathering is expected to take place on Azadliq Avenue near the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, today, Monday, June 13 at approximately 3:00 PM. An increased police and security presence is expected.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. U.S. Mission personnel have been advised to continue to practice personal security awareness and we advise the U.S. citizen community to do the same.

For further information about security in Azerbaijan:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Azerbaijan 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 Baku, located at 111 Azadlig Avenue, at (+994) 12 488 3300. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+994) 12 488 3300.
  • 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).