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Cayman Islands Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 13, 2004

This Public Announcement is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risk of travel to the Cayman Islands at this time due to the threat posed by Hurricane Ivan. The storm is predicted to make landfall in Jamaica the morning of September 10, then move on towards The Cayman Islands. This Public Announcement expires on September 23, 2004.

The U.S. Consular Agency in George Town, Cayman Islands is closed. The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, which has consular jurisdiction over The Cayman Islands, has closed for all but emergency American Citizens Services.

U.S. citizens in areas likely to be impacted by Hurricane Ivan who do not have access to adequate and safe shelter should consider departing as soon as possible. Cayman Islands authorities have reported they lack sufficient shelter space for visitors and other non-residents, and flights into and out of The Cayman Islands may be suspended at any time. If staying in The Cayman Islands, U.S. citizens are urged to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Visitors to The Cayman Islands should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans, policies, or procedures.

Americans living or traveling in The Cayman Islands are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Kingston through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov.

Updated information on travel in The Cayman Islands may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. For further information please consult the Consular Information Sheet for The Cayman Islands available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov or contact the U.S. Embassy in Kingston at (876) 935-6044, after hours (876) 935-6000. Please also see the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.

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