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Guinea Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jan 18, 2007

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert American citizens that a general strike in Guinea is now into its second week; as of January 19, negotiations remained at a standstill. The Department recommends that American citizens defer non-essential travel to Guinea at this time. This Public Announcement is valid until February 18, 2007.

The strike, which has political as well as economic objectives, began peacefully January 10. The security climate has become more tense, with sporadic demonstrations, rock-throwing, tire-burning, and barricades. These incidents have occurred in Conakry and in towns around the country. Police continue to intervene to quell these disruptions, at times using tear gas and firing live ammunition into the air to disperse protestors.

Americans are not targets of the strike but could be affected by unrest or disruptions. The U.S. Embassy is open, but operating with reduced staffing. The Embassy has restricted official Americans to their houses, permitting them to travel only to the Embassy for work purposes. The Department recommends that American citizens defer non-essential travel to Guinea until the situation improves.

U.S. citizens who must travel to Guinea should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings, and other 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).

Americans living or traveling in Guinea are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy, where they may obtain updated information on travel and security within Guinea. Security updates are e-mailed to all registered Americans with an e-mail address. Registration is done online and can be done in advance of travel at https://travelregistration.state.gov. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Conakry. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

The U.S. Embassy located on the Transversale No. 2, Centre Administratif de Koloma opposite the New Radio Station in Ratoma, Conakry, Guinea; telephone +224-30-42-08-62 through 68 or fax +224-30-42-08-71; email consularconakr@state.gov. The U.S. embassy website is http://conakry.usembassy.gov/index.html. The Embassy's workweek is Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. The American Citizens Services (ACS) unit is open to the public each Tuesday and Friday, except for American and most local holidays.

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