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Uzbekistan Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Oct 31, 2002

This Public Announcement is being issued to remind U.S. citizens of continuing concerns about the safety and security of Americans in Uzbekistan. This extends the Public Announcement of July 23, 2002 and expires on April 28, 2003.

U.S. citizens should evaluate carefully the implications for their security and safety before deciding to travel to Uzbekistan. While the situation in Uzbekistan appears calm, ongoing events in the region warrant that all Americans in or traveling through Uzbekistan take measures to ensure their security and safety. The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent continues to employ heightened security precautions. Terrorist groups do not distinguish between official and civilian targets. Attacks on private institutions and private American citizens demonstrate that as security is increased at official U.S. facilities, terrorists and their sympathizers will seek softer targets.

The Uzbek Government maintains travel restrictions on large parts of the Surkhandarya oblast (administrative region) bordering Afghanistan, including the border city of Termez. Foreign citizens intending to travel to this region must obtain a special permission card from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs or Uzbek embassies and consulates abroad.

American citizens in Uzbekistan are strongly urged to register and obtain updated security information at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent. The Embassy is located at 82 Chilanzarskaya St., Tashkent, Uzbekistan 700115. The telephone number is 998-71-120-5450. The fax number is 998-71-120-6335.

For further information on travel to Uzbekistan, please consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet on Uzbekistan and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement http://intranet.ca.state.gov/cainternet/wwc1.html which are located on the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov.

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