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Comoros Travel Alert

Issued by US Department of State

May 07, 2009

1.  The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of safety and security concerns in The Union of the Comoros due to the possibility of demonstrations in conjunction with a presidential referendum. American citizens are urged to carefully consider the risks of travel to Comoros from May 14 to May 30, 2009. This replaces the Travel Alert for Comoros issued March 16, 2009, and expires June 30, 2009. 

2. On May 17, the Government of the Union of the Comoros will hold a constitutional referendum to revise the legal mandate and powers of the President. Opposition leaders have publicly called the referendum illegitimate and vowed to prevent it from taking place. The controversy over the referendum could lead to political tension. 

3. In the days before and after the referendum, political demonstrations are likely and there is the potential for violence. Demonstrations involving emotionally-charged issues have become violent in the past, and the response of security forces is unpredictable. American citizens in the Comoros before, during, and after the referendum should exercise caution and avoid all large public gatherings.

4. The Department of State urges American citizens to take responsibility for their own personal security while traveling overseas, to review emergency procedures and contingency plans, and to remain aware of their surroundings at all times. 

5. American citizens considering travel to Comoros despite this Travel Alert are urged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar, through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy in Antananarivo to contact them in case of emergency. Please be sure to include your e-mail address and cellular phone number.

6. There is no American Embassy in the Union of the Comoros. The US Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar has jurisdiction over the Union of the Comoros. The Embassy is located at 14-16 Rue Rainitovo, Antsahavola, Antananarivo. The mailing address is B.P. 620, Antsahavola, Antananarivo, Madagascar; telephone [261] (20) 22-212-57 during regular business hours and for after hours emergencies; fax [261] (20) 22-345-39. The Consular Section e-mail address is antanwarden@state.gov. The Embassy's web site is located at http://www.antananarivo.usembassy.gov.

7. Updated information on travel and security in Comoros 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 the Comoros and the Worldwide Caution available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov.

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