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Uzbekistan Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 22, 2001

U.S. citizens should evaluate carefully travel to Uzbekistan at this time. The September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, and the proximity of Uzbekistan to Afghanistan, which continues to harbor international terrorist Usama bin Laden, has raised concerns for the safety of Americans in Uzbekistan. As a result of these concerns, the American Embassy in Tashkent has placed some limits on the travel of Embassy personnel. The Embassy continues to operate with full staffing. However, as a precaution against the potential deterioration in security conditions outside the capital and consequent disruption of travel, the personnel of a USG-affiliated organization located outside the capital are preparing to leave the country.

All American citizens in Uzbekistan are urged to take those measures they deem appropriate to ensure their well being. While the Government of Uzbekistan has been helpful in ensuring the safety of U.S. citizens, the rising tensions in the region require that all Americans in or traveling through Uzbekistan evaluate carefully the implications for their security and safety.

Americans who decide to remain in or visit Uzbekistan should exercise maximum caution and take prudent measures. These measures should include maintaining a strong security posture by being aware of their surroundings, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low profile, and varying times and routes. Americans should also notify the U.S. Embassy of any changes in the local security situation or changes in their contact information.

U.S. citizens are strongly advised to register and obtain updated security information at the American Embassy in Tashkent. Emergency services to American citizens are available 24 hours per day. The Embassy is located at 82 Chilanzarskaya St., Tashkent, Uzbekistan 700115. The telephone number is 998-71-120-5450, the fax number 998-71-120-6335.

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

This Public Announcement alerts Americans to increased security concerns and the possible departure of some USG-affiliated personnel. It expires January 8, 2002.

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