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Cuba Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Oct 20, 2005

This Travel Warning is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Cuba at this time due to the threat posed by Hurricane Wilma. The Department of State has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and eligible family members of the U.S. Interests Section.

Current weather predictions indicate that Hurricane Wilma may pass the vicinity of western Cuba and Havana late Friday, October 21. U.S. citizens in Cuba are urged to consider departing until the storm has passed. Flights entering and departing Cuba may be suspended at any time. If unable to depart, U.S. citizens are advised to take necessary precautions, such as moving inland and/or to higher ground due to the likelihood of flooding and storm surge. American citizens are urged to locate shelter and to monitor media reports as well as the National Hurricane Center's website at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov. Visitors to Cuba should be familiar with their hotel evacuation plans, policies, or procedures.

The U.S. Interests Section in Havana will be closed to the public as of the afternoon of October 21. Consular officials will be available to provide emergency services to American citizens, but their ability to do so may be severely limited.

Americans living or traveling in Cuba are encouraged to register with the Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov.

Updated information on travel in Cuba may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. For further information please consult the Consular Information Sheet for Cuba available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov or contact the U.S. Interests Section at 011-537-833-3551. Please also see the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.

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