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Turkmenistan Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

Nov 08, 2001

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to Turkmenistan at this time. While the Department of State has authorized the return of embassy personnel in non-emergency positions and family members of embassy personnel effective November 06, 2001, the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States and the proximity of Turkmenistan to Afghanistan have raised ongoing concerns for the safety of American citizens in Turkmenistan. Afghanistan is the site of military operations and continues to harbor international terrorist Usama bin Laden. The U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat will continue to employ heightened security precautions.

All American citizens in Turkmenistan are urged to review their personal security situations and to take those measures they deem appropriate to ensure their well-being. The Government of Turkmenistan has taken steps to increase security throughout the country. Nevertheless, the current situation in the region requires that all Americans in or traveling through Turkmenistan evaluate carefully the implications for their security and safety.

Americans who decide to remain in or visit Turkmenistan should exercise caution and take all appropriate measures to ensure their personal safety and monitor the local news.

U.S. citizens in Turkmenistan are strongly urged to register and obtain updated security information at the American Embassy in Ashgabat. The U.S. Embassy is located at 9 Pushkin Street, off Maqtymquly Street. The telephone number is 993-12-35-00-45, fax number 993-12-51-13-05.

For further general information regarding travel to Turkmenistan, U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet on Turkmenistan, available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.

This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning of September 19, 2001 and alerts Americans to ongoing security concerns in Turkmenistan and to the discontinuation of the authorized (voluntary) departure status of non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. Embassy personnel.

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