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Turkmenistan Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Dec 23, 2002

This Public Announcement alerts Americans to security concerns following the November 25 attack on the motorcade of the President of Turkmenistan. This Public Announcement expires on March 28, 2003.

U.S. citizens are advised to carefully evaluate travel to Turkmenistan at this time. There is currently a heightened state of security in Turkmenistan. Police have conducted widespread questioning, home searches, and car searches. Security personnel have set up checkpoints on major roads. U.S. citizens are strongly advised to ensure they have complied with Turkmenistan's visa and registration requirements and to carry their passports with them at all times. Americans in Turkmenistan should exercise due caution and maintain a strong security posture by remaining aware of their surroundings.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to register and obtain updated security information at the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat. The Embassy is located in Ashgabat at 9 Pushkin Street, off Magtymguly Street. The telephone number is 993-12-35-00-45, and the fax number is 993-12-39-26-14.

Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the State Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the Consular Information Sheet for Turkmenistan can be found. Please see the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement also at that site.

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