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Tonga Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Nov 17, 2006

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in the Kingdom of Tonga that major civil disturbances have taken place in the capital, Nuku'alofa. Many fires were set on November 16 and much of the city has been made off-limits by the authorities. There is risk of continued unrest. Although none of the unrest appears to be directed at Americans, we advise Americans to avoid the downtown areas of Nuku'alofa, especially areas around government buildings. This Public Announcement expires on March 17.

The Department of State advises all American citizens contemplating travel to Tonga to be aware of these civil disturbances. All American citizens in Tonga are urged to continue to monitor events closely and to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security.

The Department of State and the Embassy in Suva are continuing to follow developments closely. For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings, and Public Announcements can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

American citizens traveling or residing in Tonga are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. American citizens may also register at https://travelregistration.state.gov. The Embassy is located at 31 Loftus Street in Suva. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling (679) 331-4466 and by e-mail at consularsuva@state.gov.

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