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Chad Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Apr 12, 2006

This Travel Warning is issued to update U.S. citizens on the current unrest and violence that is occurring in Chad and to alert them to ongoing safety and security concerns. Because of the recent violence and the unsettled security situation, the Department of State has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and all eligible family members of U.S. Embassy personnel. American citizens are urged to evaluate their personal security posture and consider whether it is appropriate to remain in Chad. The Department of State urges American citizens to defer non-essential travel to Chad and urges those Americans currently in Chad to consider departing in light of the information below.

The United States Embassy in Chad received reports that from April 9 - 11, rebels attacked southern, eastern, and central Chad. On April 11, rebels attacked the town of Mongo, approximately 400 kilometers outside N'Djamena. As a result of reports that rebels may be moving towards NDjamena, the Embassy recommends that Americans limit movement to the extent possible, stay in their residences, and avoid travel outside of N'Djamena. Americans should avoid large demonstrations at all times. These rebel attacks could continue in the lead up to the scheduled May 3 presidential elections and the risk of civil unrest and political instability is high.

U.S. citizens affiliated with humanitarian relief efforts in Eastern Chad are strongly urged to coordinate travel plans with UNHCRs security offices in Abeche and NDjamena, and to follow UNHCR guidance regarding safety and security.

When traveling anywhere in Chad, American citizens should travel in groups, keep a cell phone (for when service is available) or two-way radio in reach at all times, avoid travel after dusk, and leave detailed travel plans with a reliable point of contact. Americans traveling with Thurarya satellite phones should register the phones with Chadian authorities.

On April 12, the Department of State authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and all eligible family members. U.S. citizens who remain in Chad despite this Travel Warning should consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Chad and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from overseas.

The U.S. Embassy in NDjamena may close temporarily for general business from time to time to review its security posture. For the status of services, consult the Embassy web site at http://usembassy.state.gov/ndjamena.

American citizens visiting or resident in Chad are strongly encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy on line at https:// travelregistration.state.gov to provide contact information and specific travel data if traveling outside the capital. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in N'Djamena. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency and provide updates on the security situation as necessary. The U.S. Embassy is located in N'Djamena on Avenue Felix Ebou; mailing address B.P. 413; telephone (235) 51-62-11, 51-70-09, 51-77-59, 51-90-52, 51-92-18, and 51-92-33; fax (235) 51-56-54; web site http://usembassy.state.gov/ndjamena.

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