U.S. State Department issues travel warning for Kyrgyzstan

April 21st, 2010 - 6:21 pm ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — The U.S. State Department on Wednesday issued a Travel Warning for Kyrgyzstan in the wake of political demonstrations and the subsequent unrest which killed dozens of people and injured hundreds more.

The warning replaces a Travel Alert for the country which was issued on April 9. “We urge U.S. citizens to defer travel to the Kyrgyz Republic until the security situation improves, and alert U.S. citizens traveling or residing in the Kyrgyz Republic of the potential for further instability,” the U.S. State Department said. “There remains a persistent danger of further demonstrations, unrest, and crime.” It warned that demonstrations may occur without warning, and may result in injury or even death.

The U.S. State Department urged its citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and advises to take ‘appropriate steps’ to increase their security awareness. It said U.S. citizens in Kyrgyzstan should avoid areas of large gatherings and demonstrations, including demonstrations that appear to be peaceful.

U.S. citizens who choose to travel to Kyrgyzstan despite the warning are asked to register through the State Department’s travel registration website https://travelregistration.state.gov so they can obtain updated information on travel and security. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Registration also makes it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of an emergency.

For those who want to visit the U.S. Embassy to register: The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek is located at 171 Prospect Mira, Bishkek 720016. Non-emergency e-mail messages about consular matters may be sent to consularbishkek@state.gov. For inquiries or after-hours emergencies, call (996) (312) 551 241.

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