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Ethiopia Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jan 31, 2005

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to enhanced security measures during the February 1-15 celebration of the 60th birthday of the late Bob Marley. Public transportation and traffic in Addis Ababa may be affected during that period. This Public Announcement expires on February 28, 2005.

Several events are scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa celebrating the 60th birthday of deceased reggae singer Bob Marley during the February 1 through February 15 period. Ethiopian officials estimate 500,000 people will attend the festivities, many of whom will arrive from overseas. Americans traveling in Ethiopia during this time are reminded that traffic and public transportation in the vicinity of the festivities concentrated in downtown Addis Ababa are likely to be affected.

Ethiopian authorities plan to enhance security measures for the celebration. The security enhancements will include increased checks for illegal weapons and drugs at ports of entry and border crossings. Possession of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in prison. Americans traveling in Ethiopia during this period should be prepared for security checks and should have their valid U.S. passports available at airports, ports, and border crossing points.

Americans living or traveling in Ethiopia are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov <>, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Ethiopia. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

Updated information on travel and security for Ethiopia may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the U.S., or from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. U.S. citizens should consult the Consular Information Sheet for Ethiopia <>, the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement <>, and the travel publication A Safe Trip Abroad <> , all of which are available on the State Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov <>.

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