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Tajikistan Public Announcement

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Feb 07, 2008

This Travel Alert is being issued to inform U.S. citizens about the impact of the energy and severe weather situation in Tajikistan.  U.S. citizens should consider deferring non-essential travel to Tajikistan at this time. This Travel Alert expires on April 1, 2008.   

Electricity and heating supplies have been cut off in many rural areas of Tajikistan and are rationed in the capital, Dushanbe.  Electricity supplies have been limited to Tajik industrial enterprises (except for the vital infrastructure) and consumer service centers in Dushanbe.  The state-owned power company has also warned of probable further cuts.  According to the company, severe low temperatures in Tajikistan have led to a drop in the water level in the Nurek reservoir.  This has adversely affected the production capacity of the Nurek hydroelectric power plant and limited the electricity supply throughout the country.  Problems with water supply caused by water freezing in wells and pipes have been also reported in some areas of the country.

The severe winter weather can also affect transportation throughout the country.  During the winter months, accidents and casualties occur on Tajikistans mountain roads and passes, often when drivers ignore warnings not to travel over a closed mountain pass.  Avalanches are a common occurrence in Tajikistans mountains during the winter months.  Timely information about avalanches is often difficult to obtain. The tunnel bypassing the Anzob Pass is still not complete and travel via this construction project is not advised in any season.  Please exercise caution and limit winter travel to Tajikistans rural regions.

U.S. citizens in Tajikistan are advised to take appropriate measures to protect and equip themselves (installing a generator and keeping emergency supply of water might help).  At this time, we advise U.S. citizens consider deferring non-essential travel to Tajikistan.  U.S. citizens who travel to Tajikistan despite this Travel Alert are urged to monitor the local news and weather reports, ensure that all their travel documents are up-to-date, and register with the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe at https://travelregistration.state.gov to maintain contact with the U.S. Embassy.  At the moment, the U.S. Embassys operations are not affected by the energy crisis.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Tajikistan, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe, which is located at 109A Ismoili Somoni Avenue; main telephone: 992-37-229-20-00. Consular Direct Line: 992-37-229-23-00, consular fax: 992-37-229-23-09, embassy fax: 992-37-20-50, Duty Officer: 992-90-770-10-32, Website: http://dushanbe.usembassy.gov.

As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its consular information program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada or, outside the U.S. and Canada, on 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).

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