released March 24, 2005, this information is current as of
Thursday, June 02, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.
This Travel Warning is being issued to update security information
on Kyrgyzstan and to note that the Department of State urges U.S.
citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to the country.
This Travel Warning supersedes the Public Announcement issued on
October 22, 2004.
Political demonstrations in March, throughout the country, have
led to clashes between pro-government and opposition forces. Press
reporting indicates that some members of the Kyrgyz Government
have resigned. There have also been some reports of stores being
looted in Bishkek in conjunction with the demonstrations.
On March 20, 21 and 22, political demonstrations in southern Kyrgyzstan
led to clashes between government and opposition forces. The continued
instability in the cities of Jalalabad and Osh has significantly
added to concerns about the security situation for Americans residing
and visiting there. The U.S. Peace Corps is exploring the possibility
of removing its Peace Corps Volunteers from Jalalabad and Osh Oblasts
as a safety precaution.
The Department of State is urging U.S. citizens to defer travel
to Kyrgyzstan because of the current instability in that country.
U.S. citizens are urged to consider their safety and security
before traveling to Kyrgyzstan. In addition to the ongoing political
instability, the U.S. government is also aware of increased extremist
activity in Central Asia. Extremist groups such as the Islamic
Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a terrorist organization with links
to al-Qaida, may be planning terrorist acts targeting U.S. Government
facilities, Americans or American interests in Kyrgyzstan. New
tactics, including the use of suicide bombers, have been employed
by terrorists in neighboring Uzbekistan. As a result, the U.S.
Embassy in Bishkek continues to maintain a heightened security
U.S. Embassy personnel continue to observe heightened security
precautions at work and in places where westerners congregate,
as well as public places, such as markets and bazaars.
Travel by U.S. Government personnel to areas of Kyrgyzstan south
and west of Osh is currently restricted. This is due to the history
of IMU activity in the area and the presence of land mines in the
Batken Oblast region and along the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. The U.S.
Embassy strongly recommends against travel to these areas.
U.S. citizens are urged to register and update their contact information
at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek. The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek is
located at 171 Prospect Mira, 720016 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The phone
number is 996-312-551-241, fax: 996-312-551-264, and website: http://www.usemb-bishkek.rpo.at.
on travel and security in the Kyrgyzstan may be obtained from
the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747
within the United States, or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. U.S.
citizens should consult the Department of State's Consular Information
Sheet for Kyrgyzstan, the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement,
and the travel publication “A Safe Trip Abroad,” all
of which are available on the Department’s Internet site
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