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Italy Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

Jul 03, 2001

From July 20 to July 22, the city of Genoa in northwestern Italy will host the G-8 Summit, a meeting among heads of state and government from eight nations including the United States. There will be thousands of government officials, press representatives, and security personnel in Genoa.

In addition, it is estimated that from fifty to eighty thousand or more demonstrators will be present before and during the Summit meeting period. As at past international meetings it is likely that some of the demonstrators will become disorderly or violent. If that occurs, clashes could result in injuries and/or arrests.

Italian officials are working to minimize the potential for disruption. Access to many areas of the city, including well-known tourist sites, will be closed to the general public. Travelers to and through Genoa are likely to experience delays, detours, and limitations on their movement due to traffic and other restrictions. Travelers scheduled to arrive in or depart from Genoa via train, ferry, cruise ship, or plane during the Summit period should confirm with their companies whether there have been changes in their travel arrangements or instructions regarding travel to or from their points of arrival or departure.

U.S. citizens, other than those with official Summit-related duties, should avoid travel to Genoa during the Summit period. Those who must travel to Genoa, should exercise caution, avoid any crowds or demonstrations, and monitor the local media to keep informed.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome is located at Via Veneto 119A, telephone (24 hours) (39) 06-46741, fax (39) 06-4674-2217.

The U.S. Consulate General in Milan is located at Via Principe Amadeo 2/10, telephone (39) 02-290351, fax (39) 02-2900-1165, and after-hours telephone (39) 02-2903-5928.

For further information regarding travel to Italy, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet, which is available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.

This Public Announcement expires on July 26, 2001.

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