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Turkmenistan Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Nov 16, 2001

U.S. citizens should carefully evaluate travel to Turkmenistan at this time. While the situation in Turkmenistan is currently calm, ongoing events in the region require that all Americans in or traveling through Turkmenistan closely consider the implications for their security and safety. The Government of Turkmenistan has taken steps to increase security throughout the country. However, the terrorist attacks in the United States and the proximity of Turkmenistan to Afghanistan raise continued concerns for the safety of American citizens in Turkmenistan. Afghanistan is the site of ongoing military operations and continues to harbor international terrorist Usama bin Laden.

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. American citizens may contact the American Citizens Services unit of the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat by telephone for up-to-date information on security conditions in Turkmenistan.

Although the Department of State authorized the return of embassy personnel in non-emergency positions and family members of embassy personnel effective November 7, 2001, U.S. citizens are urged to register at the American Embassy in Ashgabat, given the ongoing events in the region. 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. U.S. citizens 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.

In light of recent events in the United States, Americans traveling and residing abroad should monitor closely the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, particularly the Department of State's Worldwide Caution and the Consular Information Sheet for Turkmenistan.

This Public Announcement is being issued to update U.S. citizens to concerns about safety and security of Americans in Turkmenistan. This Public Announcement replaces the Travel Warning of November 7, 2001, and it expires on March 14, 2002.

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