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April 20, 2010

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the situation in the Kyrgyz Republic in the aftermath of recent political demonstrations and subsequent unrest. The Department of State has authorized the voluntary departure of all non-emergency U.S. government personnel and eligible family members from the Kyrgyz Republic. This replaces the Travel Alert for the Kyrgyz Republic dated April 9, 2010, and provides information on potential threats to U.S. citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Kyrgyz Republic. In the aftermath of anti-government demonstrations on April 6-8, the situation remains unstable. 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. There remains a persistent danger of further demonstrations, unrest, and crime. Demonstrations could occur without warning, sometimes resulting in injury or death. We remind U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. U.S. citizens remaining in the Kyrgyz Republic are urged to avoid the areas of large gatherings and demonstrations, including peaceful demonstrations.

U.S. citizens who choose to travel to the Kyrgyz Republic despite this Travel Warning are urged to register through the State Department's travel registration website 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. By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's web-site where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. 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 Bishkek is located at 171 Prospect Mira, Bishkek 720016. Non-emergency e-mail messages about consular matters may be sent to For inquiries or after-hours emergencies, call (996) (312) 551 241.

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