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Turkmenistan Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

Sep 19, 2001

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Turkmenistan. While the Government of Turkmenistan has taken steps to increase security around the country, the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States and the proximity of Turkmenistan to Afghanistan have raised additional security concerns for Americans there. Afghanistan, which borders the southern part of Turkmenistan, continues to harbor international terrorist Usama bin Laden.

As a result of these concerns, the Department has approved the authorized (voluntary) departure of non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. Embassy personnel in Turkmenistan. All American citizens in Turkmenistan are urged to review their personal security situations and to take those measures they deem appropriate to ensure their well-being, including consideration of departure from the country. The U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat remains available for emergency American citizen services assistance.

Americans who decide to remain in or visit Turkmenistan should exercise maximum caution and take prudent measures. This includes maintaining a strong security posture by being aware of their surroundings, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low profile, varying times and routes and notifying the U.S. Embassy in case of any change in the local security situation as well as if there are changes in their contact information.

U.S. citizens in Turkmenistan are strongly urged to register and obtain updated security information at the American Embassy in Ashgabat. The U.S. Embassy is located at 9 Pushkin Street, off Maqtymquly Street. The telephone number is 993-12-35-00-45, fax number 993-12-51-13-05. Americans are encouraged to call the Consular Section of the Embassy. Emergency services for American citizens are available 24 hours per day through the same telephone number.

For further general information regarding travel to Turkmenistan, U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Turkmenistan, available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.

This Travel Warning alerts Americans to increased security concerns and of the authorized (voluntary) departure status of non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. Embassy personnel.

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