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Nepal Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Feb 02, 2005

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert American citizens to the possibility of civil unrest in and around Kathmandu and other urban centers in Nepal in reaction to the dissolution of Prime Minister Deubas government on February 1 and the declaration of a State of Emergency throughout Nepal. This Public Announcement supplements the Travel Warning for Nepal issued October 26, 2004 and expires May 2, 2005. On February 1, the King of Nepal dissolved the government of Prime Minister Deuba and declared a State of Emergency throughout Nepal. According to the State of Emergency declaration, except for fundamental rights mentioned in the Nepali constitution, all other rights have been suspended. While there is no indication of any direct threat to private or official American citizens in Nepal, the Department of State alerts Americans to the possibility of unrest in Kathmandu and other urban centers in response to the State of Emergency Declaration and continues to urge U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Nepal. U.S. citizens in Nepal are urged to maintain a low profile, to avoid all road travel in and around Kathmandu Valley, and to exercise extra caution until the situation stabilizes. Kathmandu s international airport has reopened. Nepali authorities may impose curfews with little if any notice. Land and mobile telecommunications may be inoperational at times. From time to time, the U.S. Embassy may close to the public for security reasons. Americans living or traveling in Nepal are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within nepal. 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.

Updated information on travel and security for Nepal may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the U.S., or from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. U.S. citizens should consult the Consular Information Sheet and Travel Warning for Nepal, as well as the travel publication A Safe Trip Abroad, all of which are available on the State Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov. Specific information may also be obtained by consulting the U.S. Embassy website at http://www.south-asia.com/USA.

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