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Nepal Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

Nov 27, 2001

Beginning November 23, Maoist insurgents violently attacked Government of Nepal facilities and security forces in numerous districts throughout Nepal. Attacks in the southern portion of the Solu Khumbu Valley resulted in deaths in and around the tourist areas of Salieri and Phaplu. Since November 23, violence has also occurred in Banke, Dang, Gorka, Jajarkot, Kalikot, Kaski, Khotang, Makawanpur, Morang, Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan, Surkhet, and Syangja. Because other areas of the country could experience violence without prior notice, no particular region can be considered safe.

To date no American citizens have been attacked. As a precautionary measure, however, the Embassy has severely restricted travel outside the Kathmandu Valley by official Americans. The Maoists have called for a nationwide "bandh," or general strike, on December 7 and for continued violence. The King has declared a nationwide state of emergency.

Americans contemplating travel to Nepal should factor the potential for continued violence into their plans and weigh carefully the need for travel to Nepal. Americans already in Nepal should review carefully the need for travel outside the Kathmandu Valley, especially travel by road to outlying areas of Nepal. Travelers already in areas outside the Valley should monitor local conditions and should exercise great caution when undertaking any travel. Americans in Nepal, including those in Kathmandu, should exercise caution, avoid demonstrations, and closely monitor the situation.

For further information on travel to Nepal, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet on Nepal at and the American Embassy in Nepal's home page at Americans living in or visiting Nepal are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Nepal and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Nepal. The U.S. Embassy is located at Pani Pokhari in Kathmandu, telephone (977) (1) 411179; fax (977) (1) 419963. U.S. citizens may also register by e-mail by accessing the Embassy's home page.

This Public Announcement expires March 26, 2002.

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