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Georgia Public Announcement

Issued by U.S. State Department

Nov 08, 2007

This Public Announcement is being issued to inform American citizens that a State of Emergency has been decreed in Georgia for the next fifteen days.  The decree has imposed restrictions on the press, demonstrations, and strikes, among other activities.  This Public Announcement expires on November 30, 2007.

Demonstrations have occurred over a several day period in the capital city, Tbilisi, some of which have escalated to violence.  As a result, official U.S. Government employees were temporarily relocated from hotels in the immediate vicinity of the demonstrations.  Americans residing in Georgia may wish to review their home emergency preparedness plans. At this time, Rustaveli Avenue and Baratashvili Street in Tbilisi are closed to vehicular traffic and the Freedom Square and Rustaveli metro stations are closed.  High schools and universities are closed but are expected to reopen on Monday, November 12.  Media coverage has been restricted, and Georgia Public Broadcasting, also known as Channel One, is currently the only channel authorized to broadcast news.

Due to the potential for demonstrations, the Department of State urges U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Georgia to be aware of their surroundings at all times, to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.  We remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.

Americans planning travel to Georgia, as well as Americans residing or traveling in Georgia, are urged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy through the State Departments travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov.  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.  The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is located at 11 Balanchine Street (in Didi Dighomi), Tbilisi 0131, Georgia, Tel: 995-32-27-70-00.  The after hours emergency number is 995-99-57-39-69, or, if dialing locally on a mobile telephone, 899-57-39-69.  The Embassy webpage is http://georgia.usembassy.gov.

Updated information on travel and security in Georgia may be obtained from the Department of State 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.  For further information, please consult the Consular Information Sheet for Georgia and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov.

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