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Canada Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jun 19, 2002

This Public Announcement is being issued to inform Americans traveling in Canada of potential disruptions related to the G8 Summit later this month in Alberta. It will expire on July 3, 2002.

The annual G8 Summit, in which the U.S. President and leaders of seven other countries meet to discuss and coordinate policy on key global issues, will take place June 26 and 27 in Kananaskis, Alberta, 70 miles from Calgary, and 44 miles from Banff. Consequently, there will be extremely tight security in the area. In addition, previous summits have drawn "anti-globalization" and other activists from around the world. While past demonstrations and protest activity have been mainly peaceful, sporadic violence and clashes between police and protestors have occurred. At last year's G8 Summit in Genoa, Italy, large numbers of protestors were arrested or injured, and one was killed.

Demonstrations and protest marches are expected in downtown Calgary, possibly as early as June 21 and as late as June 30, as well as closer to Kananaskis itself if activists gain access to the area. Travelers are advised to follow news and traffic reports, avoid crowds and exercise caution.

Travelers should be aware of heightened security and potential delays in entering Canada during this period. Be sure to carry proof of citizenship, such as a passport or birth certificate and photo identification, such as a driver's license.

A security area with a radius of 6-1/2 kilometers, about 4 miles, will be established around Kananaskis Village. Camping and recreational facilities within this area will be closed to the public as early as June 17, and north-south travel along Alberta Highway 40 will be sharply restricted. In addition, a no-fly zone is being established with a radius of 80 nautical miles around Kananaskis. For further details on security-related closings, please go to the G8 Summit Security web site, http://www.g8summitsecurity.ca, and the Transport Canada web site, http://www.tc.gc.ca.

The U.S. Consulate is located at 615 Macleod Trail, S.E., Calgary, and stands ready to provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens traveling to the area. The Consulate may be contacted 24 hours a day at telephone 403-266-8962 in connection with emergencies such as the arrest, serious injury or death of a U.S. citizen. The American Citizen Services Unit will be open for routine, non-emergency matters from 8:30 am -12:00 noon, Monday through Friday, except June 26 and 27 when the Consulate will be closed. For further information on travel to Canada, please consult the latest Department of State Consular Information Sheet for Canada at http://travel.state.gov. This Public Announcement will expire on July 3, 2002.

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