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Ethiopia Public Announcement

Issued by U.S. State Department

Sep 10, 2007

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to security concerns and travel disruptions in light of millennium celebrations in Ethiopia from September 10  14, 2007.  The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa may be closed for routine business during this period.  This Public Announcement expires September 17, 2007. 

September 12 marks the first day of the year 2000 on the Ethiopian calendar, and Ethiopia will be hosting millennium celebrations September 10  14, 2007. Crowds are expected to be extremely dense at the venues for the millennium festivities as well as at hotels, restaurants and public places.  American citizens are advised to exercise extra caution during the celebrations and to avoid crowded public places.  There is currently a Travel Warning for all of East Africa due to enhanced security concerns.

American citizens are also advised to exercise caution when going to a public venue to ensure their personal safety and security during this period.  Disruptions may include interruption of telephone service, severe vehicular traffic and pedestrian congestion, road closures and security checkpoints, significantly increased police and security service presence around town, increased likelihood of petty street crime, crowd control problems at large public events, and increased motor vehicle accidents, especially late at night related to intoxicated drivers.  Security may be of concern at cafes, night clubs, restaurants, hotels and other public areas.  Americans are also advised to refrain from travel outside Addis during the millennium period because of disruptions to public transportation.

The U.S. Embassy tentatively plans to be closed for routine business from September 11 to 14 due to anticipated traffic congestion.  While emergency assistance for American citizens will be available, the Embassys ability to respond quickly will likely be affected by the millennium celebrations.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Departments travel registration website 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.

The U.S. Embassy is located at Entoto Avenue, P.O. Box 1014, in Addis Ababa.  American citizens with questions or concerns may telephone the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa at 251-11-124-2424; emergency after-hours telephone: 251-11-124-2400; website: http://addisababa.usembassy.gov/.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Departments Bureau of Consular Affairs internet website at http://www.travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found.  Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. Federal Holidays.)

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