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Indonesia Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 27, 2004

This Public Announcement is issued to inform United States citizens that the northern parts of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and particularly the province of Aceh, suffered severe damage following an earthquake and series of tsunami waves on December 26, 2004. The Government of Indonesia has declared a National Disaster and has mobilized civilian and military assistance to the affected areas. Communications infrastructure, roads, medical care and tourist facilities on the western and northern coasts of Sumatra, and on coastal islands off Sumatra, have been damaged and in some cases completely destroyed. More than 4,700 people have been killed in Indonesia, mainly in Aceh. The Government of Indonesia continues to restrict foreigners' travel to Aceh. This Public Announcement expires January 28, 2005.

The Department of State continues to urge Americans to defer all non-essential travel to Indonesia. Americans are encouraged to read the December 17, 2004 Travel Warning for Indonesia at http://travel.state.gov/travel/indonesia_warning.html. U.S. citizens who travel to Indonesia are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta or the U.S. Consular Agency in Bali through the State Department's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, and 317-472-2328 from overseas.

Further Department of State travel information, including the complete text of the Consular Information Sheet for Indonesia is available at the Department of State's website: http://travel.state.gov and the Embassy's website at http://jakarta.usembassy.gov.

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