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
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.