Skip to comments.Tashkent (Old City), Uzbekistan Security Notice
Posted on 08/30/2009 11:53:48 PM PDT by Cindy
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U.S. Embassy Tashkent issued the following Warden Message on August 30:
Several local sources report that on the evening of Saturday, August 29th Uzbek police forces clashed with unknown armed assailants in the Old City area of Tashkent. The Embassy has confirmed that there has been a substantial increase in police activity in this part of town. Because of ongoing police operations in the Old City U.S. Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid this area of Tashkent for the next 72 hours.
The U.S. Embassy would like to take this opportunity to remind U.S. Citizens that a Travel Warning for Uzbekistan remains in effect. The Department of State continues to urge Americans in Uzbekistan to exercise caution when traveling in the region.
The Embassy will be closed for routine business starting Monday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 2, 2009 in observance of local holidays. During this time, please contact the Embassy at 120-5450 for any emergency American Citizen Services.
The U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan is located at 3, Moyqorghon Street, 5th Block, Yunusobod District, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 100093. The main telephone number is 998-71-120-5450. The fax number is 998-71-120-6335. The website is http://uzbekistan.usembassy.gov. Travelers should also consult the Department of State's latest Country Specific Information for Uzbekistan and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or Canada, and 202-501-4444 from overseas.
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United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520
This information is current as of today, Sun Aug 30 2009 23:55:28 GMT-0700 (PDT).
June 16, 2009
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens that the potential for a terrorist attack or localized civil disturbance still exists in Uzbekistan. The Department of State continues to urge Americans in Uzbekistan to exercise caution when traveling in the region. This supersedes the Travel Warning dated July 3, 2008.
The U.S. Government continues to receive information that indicates terrorist groups may be planning attacks, possibly against U.S. interests, in Uzbekistan. Supporters of terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Al-Qaida, the Islamic Jihad Union, and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement are active in the region. Members of these groups have expressed anti-U.S. sentiments and have attacked U.S. Government interests in the past, including the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, and may attempt to target U.S. Government or private American interests in Uzbekistan. In the past, these groups have conducted kidnappings, assassinations, and suicide bombings.
High security at official U.S. facilities may lead terrorists and their sympathizers to seek softer targets. These may include facilities where Americans and other foreigners congregate or visit, such as residential areas, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels, outdoor recreation events, and resorts. The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent continues to employ heightened security precautions. U.S. citizens should report any unusual activity to local authorities and then inform the Embassy.
Uzbekistan experienced a wave of terrorist violence in 2004 and a number of incidents have occurred since then. In July 2004, there were three suicide bombings in Tashkent, including one outside the U.S. Embassy. The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) claimed responsibility for the attacks. The IJU also used suicide bombers in multiple attacks focused on police and Uzbek private and commercial facilities in Tashkent and Bukhara in late March and early April 2004. In May 2005, armed militants stormed a prison in Andijon, released its prisoners, and then took control of the regional administration and other government buildings in Andijon Province. Fighting broke out between government forces and the militants, and reports indicated that several hundred civilians died in the ensuing violence. In May 2009, there were attacks on a border post in Khonobod and a suicide bombing at a police station in the city of Andijon.
The Uzbek Government tightly controls all official border crossings. Travel within Uzbekistan by rail or land sometimes requires brief exit into neighboring countries. Travelers should have multiple-entry Uzbek visas and a proper visa for the neighboring country in order to avoid delays in travel. Furthermore, American citizens affiliated with nongovernmental organizations that have been closed in Uzbekistan may be denied entry, even with a valid visa.
Americans traveling to or remaining in Uzbekistan are strongly urged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Uzbekistan. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent. The U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan is located at # 3, Moyqorghon Street, 5th Block, Yunusobod District, Tashkent-700093, Uzbekistan. The telephone number is 998-71-120-5450 and can be reached after hours as well in the event of an emergency. The Consular fax number is 998-71-120-5448. The website is http://uzbekistan.usembassy.gov.
As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its consular information documents, including the Country Specific Information for Uzbekistan and the Worldwide Caution, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, outside the United States and Canada, on 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).
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