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Macedonia Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

Jun 09, 2001

The Department of State warns American citizens to defer all nonessential travel to Macedonia. Those who must travel to Macedonia, or who are resident there, should exercise extreme caution. The situation in Macedonia is potentially dangerous as a result of armed attacks by ethnic Albanian extremists in the northwest of the country, most recently in the village of Aracinovo near Skopje. In addition, there have been incidents of violence in other areas of the country including anti-Albanian riots in Bitola.

At the present time, all civilian airlines are continuing to fly in to Skopje. This situation may change, however, depending on the security situation.

Armed gunmen have set up checkpoints, and claim control of some villages in the area east of the Crna Gora Mountains and the area west of Tetovo. Macedonian security forces have also established checkpoints. U.S. Government personnel are currently prohibited from going into the area north of Skopje and Tetovo up to the Kosovo and Serbian border, and to the north and west of Kumanovo to the Kosovo border. Private Americans should take similar precautions. In addition, while American citizens have not been targeted during the recent violence, they should exercise caution throughout Macedonia by avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low profile, monitoring local news sources and reviewing their travel plans accordingly. It is recommended that travel be restricted to primary roads and daylight hours. Americans also should be aware that a curfew, subject to change, is in effect from 2200 to 0500 hours in the cities of Tetovo, Bitola, and Kumanovo. Throughout the winter and spring of 2001, there have been periodic closures of the border between Macedonia and Kosovo. Future border closings may occur on short notice. All Americans in Macedonia are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Skopje and to consult the Embassy for updated safety and security information.

This travel warning replaces the May 4, 2001 Public Announcement for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to update the security situation. For further information, please consult the consular information sheet for Macedonia on the internet at http://travel.state.gov.

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