Uzbekistan Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 07, 2003
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the
potential for terrorist actions against Americans in Uzbekistan. This
supersedes the Public Announcement of July 23, 2002 and expires on October
U.S. citizens should evaluate carefully the implications for their security
and safety before deciding to travel to Uzbekistan.
The U.S. Government has received information that terrorists may be planning
attacks against hotels in Uzbekistan frequented by Westerners. Supporters
of extremist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Al-Qaeda,
and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement remain active in the region.
These groups have expressed anti-U.S. sentiments and may attempt to target
U.S. Government or private interests in Uzbekistan. Terrorist groups do not
distinguish between official and civilian targets. As security is increased
at official U.S. facilities, terrorists and their sympathizers seek softer
targets. These may include facilities where Americans and other foreigners
congregate or visit, such as residential areas, clubs, restaurants, places
of worship, schools, hotels, outdoor recreation events or resorts. U.S.
citizens should increase their security awareness and avoid, if possible,
locations where Americans and Westerners generally congregate in large
numbers. The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent continues to employ heightened
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
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 which are located on the Department's
Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov.