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Georgia Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 26, 2001

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi has received credible information that American citizens in Georgia are being targeted for kidnapping. U.S. citizens are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to enhance their security. Americans should maintain a low profile, vary routes and times for all required travel, and if at all possible, are encouraged not to travel alone or to remote or sparsely inhabited sections of the city. U.S. Government personnel have been advised to take the same precautions. There is no information to suggest that this threat has any connection to the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

While previous kidnapping concerns have centered around the Pankisi Gorge north of, and including, Akhmeta and the northern mountainous areas of Georgia bordering Chechnya and Dagestan, the current threat focuses on the Tbilisi region. Furthermore, we can not discount the possibility of a similar risk to Americans elsewhere in the country. The Embassy's previous warnings to avoid travel to the Pankisi Gorge, Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia remain in effect.

The Embassy will provide additional information should it become available. American citizens overseas may contact the American Citizens Services unit of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi by telephone or fax for up-to-date information on security conditions. The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is located at 25 Atoneli Street, Telephone: (995)(32) 98-99-67; fax (995)(32) 93-37-59.

For further general information regarding travel to Georgia and, in view of recent events, Americans traveling and residing abroad should monitor closely the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, particularly the Department's Worldwide Caution, when considering travel abroad.

This Public Announcement expires on November 30, 2001.

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