Uzbekistan caution

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The US government continues to receive information indicating terrorist groups may be planning attacks, possibly against US interests, in Uzbekistan. In the past, these groups have conducted kidnappings, assassinations and suicide bombings.

The areas of Uzbekistan bordering Afghanistan should be avoided for all but essential travel. Extreme caution should also be exercised in the Ferghana Valley bordering Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and there have been exchanges of gunfire across the Uzbek/Kyrgyz border.

Travel within Uzbekistan by rail or land sometimes requires brief exits into neighboring countries. Travelers should have multiple-entry Uzbek visas and a proper visa for certain neighboring countries in order to avoid delays in travel.

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The US government continues to receive information indicating terrorist groups may be planning attacks, possibly against US interests, in Uzbekistan. In the past, these groups have conducted kidnappings, assassinations and suicide bombings.

The areas of Uzbekistan bordering Afghanistan should be avoided for all but essential travel. Extreme caution should also be exercised in the Ferghana Valley bordering Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and there have been exchanges of gunfire across the Uzbek/Kyrgyz border.

Travel within Uzbekistan by rail or land sometimes requires brief exits into neighboring countries. Travelers should have multiple-entry Uzbek visas and a proper visa for certain neighboring countries in order to avoid delays in travel.