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Travel Warning: Niger

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Niger on April 6, 2012.  It reads as follows:

Niger

April 06, 2012

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger, and urges extreme caution due to increased kidnapping threats against Westerners. This replaces the Travel Warning for Niger dated August 5, 2011 to update information on security concerns.

Al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a terrorist group, continues its attempts to kidnap Westerners in Niger, including U.S. citizens, and has been successful in kidnapping Europeans in the region. On January 7, 2011, two French nationals were kidnapped in the capital city of Niamey. They were found dead less than 24 hours later following a rescue attempt by French and Nigerien military forces. In September 2010, seven people, including five French citizens, a Togolese national, and a Malagasy citizen, were kidnapped by AQIM from the northern mining town of Arlit. Four French citizens are still being held hostage by AQIM. In April 2010, a French citizen and his Algerian driver were kidnapped. The Algerian was freed. AQIM claimed to have killed the French citizen in retaliation for the July attempted rescue operation conducted by Mauritanian and French military forces. In November 2009, heavily armed individuals attempted to kidnap U.S. Embassy officials in Tahoua. Although there have been no kidnappings in Niger since January 2011, the Department of State Worldwide Caution dated January 24, 2012, reminds U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling in the region. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by OSB

07/04/2012 at 01:44

Travel Warning: Niger

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Niger today.  It reads as follows:

Niger

August 05, 2011

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger, and urges extreme caution due to increased kidnapping threats against Westerners. This replaces the Travel Warning for Niger dated January 12, to update information on security concerns, registering with the U.S. Embassy, and access to current security information. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by OSB

06/08/2011 at 08:49

Travel Warning: Syria

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Syria yesterday.  It reads as follows:

Syria

April 25, 2011

The U.S. Department of State urges U.S. citizens to depart immediately while commercial transportation is readily available. Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens who must remain in Syria are advised to limit nonessential travel within the country. U.S. citizens not in Syria should defer all travel to Syria at this time. The Department of State has ordered all eligible family members of U.S. government employees as well as certain non-emergency personnel to depart Syria. Embassy operations will continue to the extent possible under the constraints of an evolving security situation. Full consular passport and visa services continue to be provided. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Syria issued on April 4, 2011, to provide updated information on violent confrontations at demonstrations, increased security measures, and to note the ordered departure of some U.S. Embassy personnel and all family members. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by OSB

26/04/2011 at 18:13

Travel Warning: Uzbekistan

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Uzbekistan yesterday.  It reads as follows:

Uzbekistan

April 25, 2011

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 U.S. citizens in Uzbekistan to exercise caution when traveling in the region.  This supersedes the Travel Warning dated July 22, 2010, to provide information on potential border area hazards.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by OSB

26/04/2011 at 17:40

Travel Warning: Mexico

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Mexico on Saturday.  It reads as follows:

Mexico

April 22, 2011

The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico about the security situation in Mexico. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Mexico dated September 10, 2010 to consolidate and update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government personnel. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by OSB

25/04/2011 at 16:51

Travel Warning: Nigeria

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Nigeria yesterday.  It reads as follows:

Nigeria

April 15, 2011

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and continues to recommend U.S. citizens to avoid all but essential travel to the Niger Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers; the Southeastern states of Abia, Edo, Imo; the city of Jos in Plateau State, Bauchi and Borno States in the northeast; and the Gulf of Guinea because of the risks of kidnapping, robbery, and other armed attacks in these areas.  Violent crime committed by individuals and gangs, as well as by persons wearing police and military uniforms, remains a problem throughout the country.  This notice replaces the Travel Warning for Nigeria, dated October 19, 2010, to update information on violent activity and crime in Nigeria. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by OSB

16/04/2011 at 10:39

Travel Warning: Cote d’Ivoire

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Cote d’Ivoire yesterday.  It reads as follows:

Cote d’Ivoire

April 09, 2011

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against traveling to Cote d’Ivoire.  Fighting has become more intense in a number of neighborhoods in Abidjan.  As with most armed conflicts, the situation is fluid and dynamic, and it remains difficult to predict where fighting might spread.  U.S. citizens should watch conditions carefully, maintain situational awareness, and pay very close attention to their personal security.  It is strongly advised citizens shelter in place if it is otherwise generally secure to do so.  Due to present safety and security concerns, the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan has been forced to draw down additional personnel from the mission.   This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning of April 5, 2011 to update U.S. citizens on the current security situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by OSB

10/04/2011 at 11:39