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Uzbekistan Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 20, 2003

This Public Announcement is being issued to remind U.S. citizens of the potential for terrorist actions against Americans in Uzbekistan. U.S. citizens should evaluate carefully the implications for their security and safety before deciding to travel to Uzbekistan. This supersedes the Public Announcement of September 29, 2003, and expires on June 17, 2004.

The U.S. Government has received information that terrorists may be planning attacks against hotels in Uzbekistan frequented by Westerners, and against foreign embassies and other organizations, facilities, and institutions associated with or representing foreign interests. Supporters of extremist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Al-Qaida, and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement continue to remain active in the region. These groups have expressed anti-U.S. sentiments and may also 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, resorts, beaches, maritime facilities, and planes.

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. U.S. citizens should report any unusual activity to local authorities and then inform the Embassy.

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.

U.S. citizens are urged to register and update their contact 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. Updated information on travel and security in Uzbekistan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, and, from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Uzbekistan, the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, and the Travel Publication "A Safe Trip Abroad," which are available on the Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov.

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