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In this ever changing environment, political instability is plain to see in almost every region of the world.

This political instability can have a knock on effect for travellers, businessmen and members of government or non-government agencies.

With that, the SECURITY WEBSITE is pleased to bring you an up to date Travel Alerts section. This information is vital for your piece of mind and for your travel planning. Forewarned is Forearmed.

This section of the Security Website is updated on a daily basis, however our information is drawn from the US State Department who are the World leaders in Travel Security Information.

Below you will find a list of Current Travel Alerts

Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, generally within a particular country, that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.

 


 

Click on the country listed below and we will "Quick-Scroll" you to the relevant travel information......


India - Potential Terrorism posted on 10/18/2011

Congo, Democratic Republic of the posted on 10/13/2011

Worldwide posted on 10/11/2011

Japan posted on 10/07/2011

Tunisia posted on 10/05/2011

Bhutan posted on 09/23/2011

Nepal posted on 09/23/2011

Bahrain posted on 08/19/2011

Zambia posted on 08/11/2011

Egypt posted on 04/28/2011



 

Travel Alert for India - Potential Terrorism

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October 18, 2011

The Department of State reminds U.S. citizens of the continued possibility of terrorist attacks throughout India and urges citizens to pay particular attention to their personal security during the Indian holiday season, which includes Hindu, Islamic, and other religious and secular holidays between October and January. Recent Indian government advisories and local media report increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks in India. In the past, terrorists have targeted markets, public transportation such as trains and public buses, religious sites, hotels, and restaurants. During the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, terrorists specifically targeted hotels and other public places.

U.S. citizens traveling or residing in India are always urged to maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile, monitor local news reports, consider the level of security present when visiting public places, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.

This Travel Alert expires on January 20, 2012.

U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

Updated information on travel and security may be obtained from the Department of State 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. Follow us on Twitter, and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

U.S. citizens with questions or concerns may contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the Embassy or the Consulates General for further information:

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is located at Shanti Path, Chanakya Puri 110021; telephone 91-11-2419-8000; fax 91-11-2419-8587. For after-hours emergencies, please call the 24-hour operator at ( 91-11) 2419-8000 and ask for American Citizen Services.

The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay) is located at Lincoln House, 78 Bhulabhai Desai Road, 400026, telephone 91-22-2363-3611; fax 91-22-2363-0350. For after-hours emergencies, please call the 24-hour operator at ( 91-22) 2363-3611 and ask for American Citizens Services. If you are calling from within India, but outside Mumbai, first dial 022.

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras) is at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006, telephone 91-44-2857-4000; fax 91-44-2811-2027. For after-hours emergencies, please call the 24-hour operator at ( 91-44) 2857-4000 and ask for American Citizen Services. If you are calling from within India, but outside Chennai, first dial 044-.

The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata (Calcutta) is at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071; telephone 91-33-3984-2400; fax 91-33-2282-2335. For after-hours emergencies, please call our primary hotline cell phone (91) 99030 42956. If unable to reach the cell phone, please call (91) (33) 3984-2400 and dial "0" and ask for Duty Officer.

The U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad is at Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003; telephone: 91 (40) 4033-8300. For after-hours emergencies, please call the 24-hour operator at ( 91-40) 4033-8300 and ask for American Citizen Services. If you are calling from within India, but outside Hyderabad, first dial 040-.

 


Congo, Democratic Republic of the

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October 13, 2011

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for unrest or disruptions surrounding the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for November 28, 2011, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). U.S. citizens planning to travel to the DRC before, during, or immediately following the elections should monitor local news, assess local conditions and travel routes, and consult the Embassy's website for Emergency Messages to U.S. Citizens when making travel plans. When the official campaign season officially begins on October 28, 2011, political rallies and demonstrations may become more commonplace.

This Travel Alert expires on January 3, 2012.

The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations, as even peaceful ones can quickly become unruly, and a foreigner could unwittingly become a victim of harassment or encounter more serious danger. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

For U.S. citizens already in the DRC, the U.S. Embassy recommends that you take this opportunity to ensure that passports for all family members are up to date and your children have also been documented as U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens should also store sufficient food, water, fuel, and medicine in the event that it becomes necessary to shelter in place.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Kinshasa web site. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, 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).

If you are going to live in or travel to the DRC, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is located at 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, tel. +243-081-225-5872 (do not dial the zero when calling from abroad). The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached at tel. +243-081-884-6859 or +243-081-884-4609; fax +243-081-556-0173 (do not dial the first zero when calling from abroad) and is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens in the DRC should call 081-556-0151 and ask to speak with the duty officer.

 

 

WORLDWIDE

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October 11, 2011

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the potential for anti-U.S. actions following the disruption of a plot, linked to Iran, to commit a significant terrorist act in the United States.

This Travel Alert expires on January 11, 2012.

An Iranian-born U.S. citizen, working on behalf of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force – designated by the Treasury Department in 2007 for its support of terrorism – is suspected of conspiring to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States. The U.S. government assesses that this Iranian-backed plan to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador may indicate a more aggressive focus by the Iranian Government on terrorist activity against diplomats from certain countries, to include possible attacks in the United States.

U.S. citizens residing and traveling abroad should review the Department's Worldwide Caution and other travel information when making decisions concerning their travel plans and activities while abroad. U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency.

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, 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 Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

 

 

JAPAN

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October 07, 2011

This Travel Alert updates the Travel Alert for Japan dated July 19, 2011, to note modifications to U.S. government recommendations for U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the area around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. This

Travel Alert expires on January 13, 2012.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Agencies of the U.S. government continue to review the conditions at and around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant and the measures taken by the Government of Japan. Additional data are now available from Japanese authorities, allowing for a fuller assessment by U.S. government scientists.

Areas We Recommend U.S. Citizens Avoid

Based on current data from Japan, we recommend that U.S. citizens avoid all areas within 20 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. In addition, U.S. citizens should avoid the area northwest of the plant that the Government of Japan has designated as the “Deliberate Evacuation Area.” This oblong area in a northwestern direction from the power plant covers Iitate-mura, the Yamagiya district of Kawamata-machi, Katsurao-mura, Namie-machi and parts of Minamisoma. U.S. citizens should also avoid all “Specific Spots Recommended for Evacuation” by the Government of Japan. U.S. citizens who are still within any of these areas should evacuate. Government of Japan maps and information on evacuation areas may be found at

http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/incident/health_and_safety.html.

 

Other Areas Within 80km of Fukushima Daiichi Plant

TEMPORARY VISITORS: Government of Japan data measurements show varying levels of radiation in land areas outside of the area described above, but within 80 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. The U.S. government believes the health and safety risks to temporary visitors to these areas are low and exposure does not pose significant risks to U.S. citizens making visits of less than one year. We recommend U.S. citizens contemplating travel to these areas consult with Japanese authorities regarding local conditions at the proposed destination.

LONG-TERM RESIDENTS: The risks may be higher for U.S. citizens who reside for more than one year within 80 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that U.S. citizens who choose to reside for more than one year within 80 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant consult with local authorities to receive current guidance on expected levels of radiation and recommendations for reducing exposure to radiation. In addition, pregnant women, children, and the elderly should avoid residing within 30 km of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.


Additional information about radiation and its effects on human health may be found at the following websites:


http://japan2.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-health.html

http://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/japan2011.asp

http://epa.gov/radiation/understanding-radiation-overview.html

http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/incident/health_and_safety.html

 

The U.S. government continues to advise that ships operating near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant should follow the U.S. Coast Guard's recommendations. Information may be found at the U.S. Coast Guard's website:

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/

 

Risk of Aftershocks

Japan is one of the most seismically active areas in the world. Aftershocks following an earthquake of this magnitude can be expected to continue for more than a year. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake. See the Embassy Website for detailed information on earthquake safety:

http://japan.usembassy.gov

 

American Citizen Services

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan are encouraged to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest travel updates and information and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Japan. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulates in Japan. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy/Consulates to contact them in case of emergency.

For the latest U.S. government information on the situation in Japan, please visit the Embassy website. Updated information on travel and security in Japan may also be obtained from the Department of State 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. For further information, please consult the Country Specific Information for Japan, as well as the Worldwide Caution.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of either the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or one of the U.S. Consulates in Japan listed below:

U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
Tel: 03-3224-5000
After Hours: 03-3224-5000
Fax: 03-3224-5856

http://japan.usembassy.gov/

 

The U.S. Embassy serves U.S. citizens in Tokyo, Chiba, Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Yamagata and Yamanashi.

Consulates:

Osaka-Kobe: 11-5, Nishitenma 2-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543; Tel: 06- 6315-5912, Fax: 06-6315-5914; serving Americans in Osaka, Tel: 06-6315-5912, Fax: 06- 6315-5914; serving U.S. citizens in Osaka, Aichi, Ehime, Fukui, Gifu, Hiroshima, Hyogo, Ishikawa, Kagawa, Kochi, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Okayama, Shimane, Shiga, Tokushima, Tottori, Toyama, and Wakayama prefectures.

http://osaka.usconsulate.gov

 

Nagoya: Nagoya International Center Bldg. 6th floor, 1-47-1 Nagano, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001; Tel (052) 581-4501, Fax: (052) 581-3190; providing emergency consular services only (including death and arrest cases) for Americans living in Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures.

http://nagoya.usconsulate.gov

 

Fukuoka: 5-26, Ohori 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052; Tel: 092-751-9331, Fax: 092-713-9222; serving U.S. citizens in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Yamaguchi prefectures.

http://fukuoka.usconsulate.gov

 

Sapporo: Kita 1-jo, Nishi 28-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821; Tel: 011- 641-1115, Fax: 011-643-1283; serving U.S. citizens in Akita, Aomori, Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.

http://sapporo.usconsulate.gov

 

Naha: 2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe City, Okinawa 901-2104; Phone: 098.876.4211, Fax: 098.876.4243, DSN: 645-7323; serving U.S. citizens in Okinawa and the Amami Oshima Island group

http://naha.usconsulate.gov

 

 

TUNISIA

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October 05, 2011

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for unrest in Tunisia.  Spontaneous and unpredictable events, such as work stoppages and demonstrations still occur, a state of emergency remains in force, and curfews can be re-established on short notice.  The U.S. Department of State continues to advise U.S. citizens currently in Tunisia to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security.  Travelers contemplating trips to the interior of the country should assess local conditions and routes when making travel plans, as conditions can quickly change.

This Travel Alert supersedes the Travel Alert for Tunisia dated July 8, 2011, to update information on the security situation, upcoming general elections and travel within Tunisia, and expires on January 5, 2012.

General elections are scheduled to take place on October 23, 2011.  Politically-motivated demonstrations are likely to occur in the period leading to and following the election.  In the past nine months, demonstrations have degenerated on several occasions into violent clashes between police and protesters, resulting in deaths, injuries, and extensive property damage.  While demonstrations have not been directed toward foreigners, U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security.  The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations, as even peaceful ones can quickly become unruly, and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse.

In a September 21 incident, Tunisian military aircraft exchanged fire with a convoy of unidentified armed vehicles crossing the desert south of Douz, in the Governorate of Kebili.  The incident underscored the need for U.S. citizens to carefully consider all travel in the interior and to avoid travel in remote regions in the south of Tunisia.  U.S. citizens should also be aware of continuing international humanitarian response operations underway in southern Tunisia, particularly at the Ras Jedir border crossing, where over 300,000 persons have crossed so far to escape the unrest in Libya.  While the vast majority of evacuees have been repatriated, nearly 4,200 refugees are in camps near the border pending resettlement or repatriation.

Government security forces, including the police, army, and National Guard, are visibly present throughout Tunisia.  Travelers should heed directions given by uniformed security officials, and should always carry a copy of their passport as proof of nationality and identity.  Security personnel, including plainclothes officials, may at times place foreign visitors under surveillance.  It is against Tunisian law to photograph government offices and other sensitive facilities.  Suspicious incidents or problems should be reported immediately to Tunisian authorities and to the U.S. Embassy.

The Embassy is located in the Les Berges du Lac suburb of Tunis.  The Embassy telephone number is 216 71 107 000 and the Embassy fax number is 216 71 963 263.  The Consular section can also be contacted by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

U.S. citizens in Tunisia are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

Updated information on travel and security in Tunisia may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or via regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook. You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

 

BHUTAN

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September 23, 2011

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the difficulties of traveling in and around the areas of Sikkim and northern West Bengal in India, the western areas of Bhutan, and the eastern areas of Nepal, all of which suffered damage from the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on September 18, 2011.

Media and government reports indicate the quake caused a significant number of injuries and deaths, destroyed roads and buildings, and created landslide conditions.  Furthermore, meteorological forecasts predict weather that could hamper rescue efforts and impede safe travel.  Infrastructure damage and downed communication links warrant extra precautions by U.S. citizens.  Those traveling in these areas should consider emergency preparedness, including the availability of reliable sources of food, water, and medical supplies.  There have been no reports of U.S. citizen casualties as a result of the earthquake.  This Travel Alert expires on November 15, 2011.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

Updated information on travel and security in India, Nepal, and Bhutan may be obtained from the Department of State 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. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook.

U.S. citizens with questions or concerns may contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, or the Consulates General in India for further information.  Please note that consular issues related to Bhutan, including assistance to U.S. citizens, are covered by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.  Embassy and Consulate contact information is as follows:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal is located at Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal; telephone +977-1-400-7200; fax +977-1-400-7281.  For after-hours emergencies, please call +977-1-400-7266.
  • The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India is located at Shanti Path, Chanakya Puri 110021; telephone +91-11-2419-8000; fax +91-11-2419-8407. In case of emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-11) 2419-8000 and ask for American Citizen Services.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay), India is located at Lincoln House, 78 Bhulabhai Desai Road, 400026, telephone +91-22-2363-3611; fax +91-22-2363-0350. In case of an emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-22) 2363-3611 and ask for American Citizens Services.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras), India is at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006, telephone +91-44-2857-4000; fax +91-44-2811-2027. In case of emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-44) 2857-4000 and ask for American Citizen Services.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata (Calcutta), India is at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071; telephone +91-33-3984-2400; fax +91-33-2282-2335. If you are an American citizen with an after hours emergency, please call our primary hotline cell phone (91) 99030 42956.  If unable to reach the cell phone, please call (91) (33) 3984-2400 and dial "0" and ask for Duty Officer.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, India is at Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003; telephone: +91 (40) 4033-8300. In case of emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-40) 4033-8300 and ask for American Citizen Services.

 

 

NEPAL

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September 23, 2011

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the difficulties of traveling in and around the areas of Sikkim and northern West Bengal in India, the western areas of Bhutan, and the eastern areas of Nepal, all of which suffered damage from the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on September 18, 2011.

Media and government reports indicate the quake caused a significant number of injuries and deaths, destroyed roads and buildings, and created landslide conditions.  Furthermore, meteorological forecasts predict weather that could hamper rescue efforts and impede safe travel.  Infrastructure damage and downed communication links warrant extra precautions by U.S. citizens.  Those traveling in these areas should consider emergency preparedness, including the availability of reliable sources of food, water, and medical supplies.  There have been no reports of U.S. citizen casualties as a result of the earthquake.  This Travel Alert expires on November 15, 2011.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

Updated information on travel and security in India, Nepal, and Bhutan may be obtained from the Department of State 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. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook.

U.S. citizens with questions or concerns may contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, or the Consulates General in India for further information.  Please note that consular issues related to Bhutan, including assistance to U.S. citizens, are covered by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.  Embassy and Consulate contact information is as follows:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal is located at Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal; telephone +977-1-400-7200; fax +977-1-400-7281. For after-hours emergencies, please call +977-1-400-7266.
  • The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India is located at Shanti Path, Chanakya Puri 110021; telephone +91-11-2419-8000; fax +91-11-2419-8407. In case of emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-11) 2419-8000 and ask for American Citizen Services.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay), India is located at Lincoln House, 78 Bhulabhai Desai Road, 400026, telephone +91-22-2363-3611; fax +91-22-2363-0350. In case of an emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-22) 2363-3611 and ask for American Citizens Services.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras), India is at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006, telephone +91-44-2857-4000; fax +91-44-2811-2027. In case of emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-44) 2857-4000 and ask for American Citizen Services.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata (Calcutta), India is at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071; telephone +91-33-3984-2400; fax +91-33-2282-2335. If you are an American citizen with an after hours emergency, please call our primary hotline cell phone (91) 99030 42956.  If unable to reach the cell phone, please call (91) (33) 3984-2400 and dial "0" and ask for Duty Officer.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, India is at Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003; telephone: +91 (40) 4033-8300. In case of emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-40) 4033-8300 and ask for American Citizen Services.

 

 

BAHRAIN

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August 19, 2011

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for unrest in Bahrain. While the presence of security forces on the street has diminished since the redeployment of Bahrain Defense Force personnel and lifting of the State of National Safety on June 1, 2011,the potential for spontaneous civil and political unrest continues. This Travel Alert supersedes the Travel Alert dated May 13, 2011, and updates information on the security situation. This Travel Alert expires on November 19, 2011.

All travelers to Bahrain face increased scrutiny from Bahraini authorities, and the Government of Bahrain has refused to allow some U.S. citizens permission to enter Bahrain. The airport remains open and operational.

Since the lifting of the State of National Safety on June 1, 2011, Bahrain Defense Force armored vehicles and personnel have withdrawn from the streets of Bahrain; however, active securityoperations continue in various parts of the country, and checkpoints are present in some areas. Spontaneous demonstrations occur in some neighborhoods, particularly at night and on weekends, and often result in violent clashes between security forces and demonstrators. Travel in and around Bahrain could become dangerous without advance warning.

The U.S. Embassy restricts its employees from traveling to specific areas and advises all U.S. citizens to do the same. We continue to urge U.S. citizens to follow the latest security guidance and to avoid demonstrations. Please check our Demonstration Notices where the latest information and security guidance along with the latest map outlining the recommended areas of travel can be found.

There are no indications that Westerners or U.S. citizens are being threatened or targeted, but U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal securityby knowing the locations of police and fire stations, hospitals, and the U.S. Embassy. The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations, as even peaceful ones can quickly become unruly and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse. If you are in immediate danger, call the police at 999.

The U.S. Embassy in Manama can be reached at (973) 1724-2700; the after-hours emergency number is (973) 1724-2957; the fax number is (973) 1725-6242. The U.S. Embassy in Manama is located at Building No. 979, Road 3119, Block 331 Zinj District, Manama. Demonstration Notices can be found on the Embassy’s website.

The U.S. Embassy is open for all routine American Citizens Services (such as passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarials) by appointment via our website, bahrain.usembassy.gov. U.S. citizens with routine inquiries can write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Emergency passport services can be arranged via email or by calling the Embassy directly.

U.S. citizens in Bahrain are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), found at travel.state.gov or bahrain.usembassy.gov. Those enrolled in STEP receive emails regarding American Citizen Messages and Emergency American Citizen Messages as well as Demonstration Notices. These same messages and notices are placed on our website at the same time that they are sent via email to STEP enrollees. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

Updated information on travel and security in Bahrain may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers 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).

 

 

ZAMBIA

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August 11, 2011

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for unrest or disruptions surrounding the September 20, 2011 presidential, parliamentary, and local elections in Zambia. U.S. citizens planning a trip to Zambia during or immediately following the elections should monitor local news and assess local conditions and travel routes when making travel plans. This Travel Alert expires October 15, 2011.

The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations, as even peaceful ones can quickly become unruly, and a foreigner could unwittingly become a victim of harassment or more serious danger. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

For U.S. citizens already in Zambia, the U.S. Embassy recommends that you take this opportunity to ensure that passports for all family members are up to date and children have also been documented as U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens should also store sufficient food, water, fuel, and medicine in the event that it becomes necessary to shelter in place.

Should the need arise, the Embassy will communicate emergency messages for U.S. citizens via email and SMS for those who have provided contact information through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. To schedule an appointment for passport renewal, report of birth abroad of a U.S. citizen child, or other routine services, please make an appointment online through the U.S. Embassy’s appointment system. If you are unable to book an appointment online or slots are full leading up to the elections, you can contact the embassy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0211-357-260. The Embassy will create additional slots as necessary to accommodate U.S. citizens seeking to keep travel and citizenship documents current. Emergency passport issuance is appropriate only in certain circumstances, and routine processing of a new full-validity passport can take up to two weeks, so it’s important to plan ahead.

The U.S. Embassy is located on Ibex Hill Road in Lusaka. The main switchboard number is 260-211-357-000. You may also contact the Consular section by email.

U.S. citizens in Zambia or planning travel to Zambia are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

Updated information on travel and security in Zambia may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444

 

 

EGYPT

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April 28, 2011

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens that, given the continuing improvements since the January 25 Revolution, the ordered departure status for the U.S. Embassy has been lifted as of April 29, 2011 and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo has resumed normal operations. Given that Egyptian security services have not yet fully redeployed, the Department alerts U.S. citizens planning to travel to Egypt to the possibility of sporadic unrest. The security situation in Luxor, Aswan, and the Red Sea Resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh, continues to be calm. This Travel Alert replaces the Travel Warning dated March 29, 2011.

Until the Egyptian civilian police has fully redeployed, police response to emergency requests for assistance or reports of crime may be delayed.

All airports, including the Cairo airport, are open and operating; commercial airlines report flight availability. Travelers should contact airlines or tour operators concerning flight schedules. U.S. citizens who reside in Egypt should keep their travel documents up to date and maintain sufficient funds on hand to depart by air should security conditions change.

The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations in Egypt, as even peaceful ones can quickly become violent and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse. Should security forces block off the area around the U.S. Embassy during demonstrations, and U.S. citizens should not attempt to come to the U.S. Embassy during that time. U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to carry identification and, if moving about alone, a cell phone or other means of communication that works in Egypt.

The U.S. Embassy is open for all routine American Citizens’ Services by appointment. U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance do not need an appointment. Visit the Embassy website to check the latest changes to Embassy hours or services. U.S. citizens with routine phone inquiries may call the Embassy's American Citizens Services section at 2797-2301, Sunday to Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard on 2797-3300. The U.S. Embassy is closed on U.S. federal holidays. U.S. citizens in Egypt are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. 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 Egypt is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo. For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard on 2797-3300.

 


 

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The SW Team.........

 

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