The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Nepal to the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections scheduled for November 19, 2013. This Travel Alert expires on December 19, 2013.
Although most of the major political parties in Nepal are in agreement regarding the upcoming elections, some parties have declined to participate, and have indicated that they may seek to disrupt the election process. Accordingly, despite efforts by the Government of Nepal to ensure security during and in advance of elections, there is an increased risk of violence during “bandhs” (strikes that disrupt transportation and commercial activity), as well as at political rallies and demonstrations. The possibility of spontaneous protests during this and any election cycle remains.
U.S. citizens in Nepal are strongly urged to avoid demonstrations, political rallies, or large crowds during the election period. In addition, U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution during any travel taking place during a “bandh” (strike). Most vehicular transportation is not permitted during “bandhs” and confrontations between motorists and protesters could occur, especially at major intersections.
The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu is closely monitoring election activity throughout Nepal and will provide updates as warranted on the Embassy website and via social media. U.S. citizens should monitor the Embassy website, and the local media. U.S. citizens are advised to be aware of their surroundings and exercise good judgment in the coming weeks.We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nepal enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.