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Uzbekistan Public Announcement

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Oct 01, 2003

This Public Announcement is being re-issued without change to remind U.S. citizens of the potential for terrorist actions against Americans in Uzbekistan. This supersedes the Public Announcement of April 5, 2003 and expires on January 1, 2004.

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-Qaida, 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 security precautions.

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 http://travel.state.gov/uzbekistan.html and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement http://travel.state.gov/wwc1.html which are located on the Department's Internet web site http://travel.state.gov at http://travel.state.gov.

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