Security Message: Demonstrations planned in Yerevan

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan informs U.S. citizens residing in Armenia of two public demonstrations in Yerevan planned for Saturday, April 9, 2016 and Sunday, April 10, 2016. U.S. Embassy employees have been advised to avoid the area.

Saturday – April 9, 2016

On April 9th at 1900 hours, a demonstration has been called to be held in Republic Square. Roads and the surrounding areas will likely be congested.

Sunday – April 10, 2016

On April 10th at 1900 hours, a demonstration will begin at Shahumyan Square and move to Yerablur Military Cemetery. While the route has not been formally announced, one of the possible routes is in front of the Embassy and could affect entry and exit. Roads and the surrounding areas will likely be congested.

Expect delays in the vicinity of these demonstrations. Citizens planning to arrive to Yerevan during the demonstration time may want to consider adjusting their travel plans accordingly.

We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can become confrontational and turn violent. Citizens should exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations, or avoid them if possible.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted violence to the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan at the number below. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Armenia 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 Yerevan, located at 1 American Avenue, tel. 10-46-47-00 and fax 10-46-47-42. The Consular Section is open from 9:00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m., with time reserved for U. S. citizen services from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for official U.S. Embassy holidays. For more information, see the Embassy’s website. For after-hour U.S. citizen emergencies please call (374-10) 49-44-44.

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).