Tajikistan Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Sep 26, 2001
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Tajikistan. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, the Department urges Americans residing in or visiting Tajikistan to reevaluate their continued presence there. The security situation in Tajikistan remains unstable, and the political situation is fluid. There have been outbreaks of fighting between government forces and former armed opposition leaders. These conflicts have included hostage taking and assassination. From time to time, the U.S. Embassy may suspend or otherwise restrict the travel of U.S. Embassy personnel to Tajikistan and within
The Department of State relocated Embassy operations from Dushanbe, Tajikistan to Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1998 due to threats to Americans and American interests worldwide, instability in Tajikistan and the limited ability to secure the safety of U.S. Embassy personnel in the Embassy facility in Dushanbe. All American diplomatic personnel currently reside in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and they travel periodically to Tajikistan.
During the summer periods of 1999 and 2000, Tajikistan experienced incursions of armed militants loyal to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). The Secretary of State has designated the IMU as a foreign terrorist organization. In past years, IMU forces took foreigners as hostages. There have been reports indicating an incursion by the IMU into Tajikistan may occur again during 2001. Americans should particularly avoid areas along the borders with Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, the Karategin Valley, and Tavildara District.
American citizens resident in or visiting Tajikistan are urged to consider their personal security and safety in view of this warning. Departure options from Tajikistan may be limited in an emergency. U.S. citizens, their family members and their dependents can maximize departure options by obtaining extended visas for travel to other countries. Destination countries with direct connections to Tajikistan include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
U.S. citizens are strongly advised to register and obtain updated security information at the American Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Contact information in Dushanbe (switchboard staffed 24 hours per day): 992-372-21-03-48; 24-15-60; 51-00-28. Consular services for Tajikistan are handled in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in Tajikistan may be severely limited. The telephone number for the American Embassy in Almaty is 7-3272-63-39-21; 50-76-27.
This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Tajikistan issued June 29, 2001, to update the security situation.