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Kyrgyz Travel Alert

Issued by US Department of State

Apr 09, 2010

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to evolving security concerns in Kyrgyzstan, and reminds them of the continuing threat of violence following anti-government demonstrations in Talas on April 7, and in many cities, including the capital Bishkek, on April 8. We urge U.S. citizens to defer travel to Kyrgyzstan until the security situation improves, and alert U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Kyrgyzstan of the potential for further demonstrations. This Travel Alert expires on May 9, 2010.

U.S. citizens in Kyrgyzstan should be particularly vigilant in light of the ongoing unrest in Bishkek and some other cities. Large groups continue to move throughout Bishkek and looting and arson continues. Roads in the city are sometimes blocked by large groups of people, and some roads into and out of the city are reported to be closed. We remind U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the areas of large gatherings and demonstrations, including peaceful demonstrations, if possible. U.S. citizens are urged to stay indoors, particularly at night, to avoid becoming victims of opportunity. Some U.S. Embassy personnel and their families have been temporarily relocated to the Manas Transit Center. U.S. citizens who are unable to find a location they feel is safe to shelter in place may contact the Embassy at 996 (312) 551 241 for further information.

The Department of State encourages U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency. For additional information, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad."

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's web site where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek is located at 171 Prospect Mira, Bishkek 720016. Non-emergency e-mail messages about consular matters may be sent to For inquiries or afterhours emergencies, call (996) (312) 551 241.

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