ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA - Public Announcement
- Public Announcement
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA
July 27, 2001
Because of the possibility of civil unrest or terrorist threats related to
the Jewish holiday of Tisha B'av (commemorating the destruction of the first
and second temples) the
U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has placed the entire city of Jerusalem off limits
to Embassy staff and their dependents from Friday, July 27 through Sunday,
July 29. The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem has placed the Old City
and surrounding downtown areas of both East and West Jerusalem off limits to
Consulate staff and their dependents from Friday, July 27 through Sunday,
The Department of State wishes to remind American citizens to exercise
extreme caution and avoid shopping areas, malls, public buses and bus stops
as well as crowded areas and demonstrations throughout Israel, the West
Bank, and Gaza. U.S. Embassy and Consulate employees and their families
have been prohibited from using public buses. American citizens should
maintain a low profile and take appropriate steps to reduce their
This Public Announcement supplements the Travel Warning for Israel, the West
Bank and Gaza, and it expires on August 3, 2001.
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520
ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA
October 12, 2000
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Israel,
the West Bank and Gaza at this time due to continuing tensions and violence.
Violent clashes and confrontations continue to take place throughout the
West Bank and Gaza. Violence has also taken place in Israel and Jerusalem.
U.S. Government employees who live in East Jerusalem have been relocated for
the time being, and U.S. Government employees have been prohibited from
traveling to the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, including the Old City
and urged to avoid the Jaffa section of Tel Aviv. Private U.S. citizens
should defer travel to these areas at this time. Private American citizens
who reside in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza are advised to stay at
home or relocate to a safe location. U.S. citizens throughout Israel, the
West Bank and Gaza should exercise caution and avoid any large crowds or
The U.S. Consulate General facility on Nablus Road in Jerusalem has been
temporarily closed. U.S. citizens who require emergency passport issuance
should contact the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. For other emergency services,
U.S. citizens may telephone the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972) (2)
622-7230 or the Embassy in Tel Aviv at (972) (3) 519-7355.
For further general information on travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza,
please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet
for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
This Travel Warning replaces the Public Announcement for Israel dated
October 7, 2000 and supplements the Public Announcement for Israel issued on
August 16, 2000.
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520
For recorded travel information, call 202-647-5225
Internet Address: http://travel.state.gov
For information by fax, call 202-647-3000 from your fax machine
Consular Information Sheet
ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA
April 18, 2001
WARNING: The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The U.S. Government has indications that
there is a heightened threat of terrorist incidents in Israel, the West Bank
and Gaza. In light of several recent terrorist bombings in Israel and
continuing violence in Gaza and the West Bank, American citizens should
exercise extreme caution and avoid shopping areas, malls, public buses and
bus stops as well as crowded areas and demonstrations. U.S. Embassy and
Consulate employees and their families have been prohibited from using
public buses. American citizens should maintain a low profile and take
appropriate steps to reduce their vulnerability. Violent clashes and
confrontations continue to take place throughout the West Bank and Gaza.
U.S. Embassy and Consulate employees have been prohibited from traveling to
the West Bank, Gaza, commercial districts of East Jerusalem, and the Old
City of Jerusalem, except for mission essential business. Private American
citizens should avoid travel to these areas at this time and Americans
residing in the West Bank and Gaza should consider relocating to a safe
location, if they can do so safely. From time to time, the Embassy or
Consulate General will temporarily suspend public services as necessary to
review its security posture. In those instances U.S. citizens who require
emergency services may telephone the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972)
(2) 622-7230 or the Embassy in Tel Aviv at (972) (3) 519-7355.
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: The State of Israel is a parliamentary democracy with a
modern economy. Tourist facilities are widely available. Israel occupied
the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem as a result of
the 1967 War. Pursuant to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,
an elected Palestinian Authority now exercises jurisdiction in parts of Gaza
and the West Bank. Palestinian Authority police are responsible for keeping
order in those areas and the Palestinian Authority exercises a range of
civil functions. The division of responsibilities and jurisdiction in the
West Bank and Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is complex.
Definitive information on entry, customs requirements, arrests, and other
matters in the West Bank and Gaza is subject to change without prior notice
or may not be available.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:Israel: A valid passport, an onward or return ticket, and
proof of sufficient funds are required for entry. A no-charge three-month
visa may be issued upon arrival and may be renewed. Travelers carrying
official or diplomatic U.S. passports must obtain visas from an Israeli
embassy or consulate prior to arrival in Israel. Anyone who has been
refused entry or experienced difficulties with his/her visa status during a
previous visit, or who has overstayed a visa, should consult the Israeli
Embassy or nearest Israeli Consulate before attempting to return to Israel.
Anyone seeking returning resident status must obtain permission from Israeli
authorities before traveling.
West Bank and Gaza: Except during periods of heightened security
restrictions, most U.S. citizens may enter and exit the West Bank and Gaza
on a U.S. passport with an Israeli entry stamp. It is not necessary to
obtain a visitor's permit from the Palestinian Authority to travel to the
West Bank or Gaza. Private vehicles may not cross from Israel into Gaza and
may be stopped at checkpoints entering or leaving the West Bank.
The Allenby Bridge crossing from the West Bank into Jordan, and the Rafah
crossing from Gaza into Egypt are under the jurisdiction of the Israeli
Government, which also controls entry and exit via the Gaza International
Airport. This may have special ramifications for Palestinian Americans and
other Arab Americans.
Palestinian Americans: American citizens of Palestinian origin who were born
on the West Bank or Gaza or resided there for more than three months, may be
considered by Israeli authorities to be residents, especially if they or
their parents were issued a Palestinian ID number. Any American citizen
whom Israel considers to be a resident is required by Israel to hold a valid
Palestinian passport to enter or leave the West Bank or Gaza via Israel, the
Gaza International Airport, or the Rafah or Allenby Bridge border crossing.
American citizens in this category who arrive without a Palestinian passport
will generally be granted permission to travel to the West Bank or Gaza to
obtain one, but may only be allowed to depart via Israel on a Palestinian
passport rather than on their U.S. passport. The Government of Israel does
not require travel on a Palestinian passport for visits of less than 90
days, but may instead require a transit permit for travel to the West Bank
During periods of heightened security restrictions, Palestinian Americans
with residency status in the West Bank or Gaza may not be allowed to enter
or exit Gaza or the West Bank, even if using their American passports.
Specific questions may be addressed to the nearest Israeli Embassy or
Israel-Jordan Crossings: International crossing points between Israel and
Jordan are the Arava crossing (Wadi al-'Arabah) in the south, near Eilat,
and the Jordan River crossing (Sheikh Hussein Bridge) in the north, near
Beit Shean. American citizens using these two crossing points to enter
either Israel or Jordan need not obtain prior visas, but will have to pay a
fee at the bridge. Visas should be obtained in advance for those wanting to
cross the Allenby Bridge between Jordan and the occupied West Bank. (Note:
The Government of Israel requires that Palestinian Americans with residency
status in the West Bank or Gaza only enter Jordan by land by means of the
Allenby Bridge.) Procedures for all crossings into Jordan are subject to
For further entry information on Israel, travelers may contact the Embassy
of Israel at 3514 International Drive NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone
(202) 364-5500, or the Israeli Consulates General in Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or
In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments have
initiated procedures at entry/exit points. These often include requiring
documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel
from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present. Having such documentation
on hand, even if not required, may facilitate entry/departure.
DUAL NATIONALITY: Israeli citizens naturalized in the United States retain
their Israeli citizenship, and their children usually become Israeli
citizens. In addition, children born in the United States to Israeli
parents usually acquire both U.S. and Israeli nationality at birth. Israeli
citizens, including dual nationals, are subject to Israeli laws requiring
service in Israel's armed forces. U.S.-Israeli dual nationals of military
age who do not wish to serve in the Israeli armed forces should contact the
Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. to learn more about an exemption or
deferment from Israeli military service before going to Israel. Without
this document, they may not be able to leave Israel without completing
military service or may be subject to criminal penalties for failure to
serve. Israeli citizens, including dual nationals, must enter and depart
Israel on their Israeli passports.
Palestinian Americans whom the Government of Israel considers residents of
the West Bank or Gaza may face certain travel restrictions (see Entry
Requirements above). These individuals are subject to restrictions on
movement between Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and within the West Bank and
Gaza imposed by the Israeli Government on all Palestinians for security
reasons. During periods of heightened security concerns these restrictions
can be onerous. Palestinian-American residents of Jerusalem are normally
required to use laissez-passers (documents issued by the Israeli Government)
which contain re-entry permits approved by the Israeli Ministry of Interior.
All U.S. citizens with dual nationality must enter and depart the U.S. on
their U.S. passports.
SAFETY AND SECURITY: Israel has strict security measures that may affect
visitors. Prolonged questioning and detailed searches may take place at the
time of entry and/or departure at all points of entry to Israel, including
entry from the West Bank and Gaza. Travelers with Arabic surnames, those
who ask that Israeli stamps not be entered into their passports, and
unaccompanied female travelers have been delayed and subjected to close
scrutiny at points of entry. Security-related delays or obstacles in
bringing in or departing with cameras or electronic equipment are not
unusual. Laptop computers and other electronic equipment have been
confiscated from travelers leaving Israel from Ben Gurion Airport during
security checks. While most are returned prior to departure, some equipment
has been damaged, destroyed or lost as a result. Americans who have had
personal property damaged due to security procedures at Ben Gurion can
contact the Commissioner of Complaints at the airport for redress. During
searches and questioning, Israeli authorities have denied American citizens
access to U.S. consular officers, lawyers, or family members. Palestinian
Americans have been arrested on suspicion of security crimes when attempting
to enter or leave Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The Israeli National
Police have monitored, arrested and deported members of religious groups who
they believed intended to commit violent or disruptive acts in Israel.
TERRORISM: Although they have not been targeted for attack, U.S. citizens
have been injured or killed in past terrorist actions in Israel, Jerusalem,
the West Bank, and Gaza. Attacks have occurred in highly frequented
shopping and pedestrian areas and on public buses. U.S. Embassy and
Consulate employees and their families have been prohibited from using
public buses. American citizens should exercise extreme caution and avoid
shopping areas, pedestrian walkways, malls, public buses and bus stops as
well as crowded areas and demonstrations.
American citizens should use caution in the vicinity of military sites,
areas frequented by off-duty soldiers, contentious religious sites, and
large crowds. Travelers should remain aware of their immediate
surroundings, and should not touch any suspicious object.
DEMONSTRATIONS AND CIVIL UNREST: In the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem,
demonstrations or altercations can occur spontaneously and have the
potential to become violent without warning. If such disturbances occur,
American visitors should leave the area immediately. In Jerusalem's Old
City, where exits are limited, American visitors should seek safe haven
inside a shop or restaurant until the incident is over. Demonstrations are
particularly dangerous in areas such as checkpoints, settlements, military
areas, and major thoroughfares where protesters are likely to encounter
Israeli security forces.
Demonstrations by Arab Israelis in northern Israel have occurred on Land Day
(March 30) and on Israeli Independence Day (date varies). These
demonstrations have generally been peaceful, but on occasion Embassy staff
have been told to avoid certain areas on those dates.
AREAS OF INSTABILITY: Jerusalem: In Jerusalem, travelers should exercise
caution at religious sites on holy days, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Dress appropriately when visiting the Old City and ultra-orthodox Jewish
neighborhoods. Most roads into ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhoods are
blocked off on Friday nights and Saturdays. Assaults on secular visitors,
either for being in cars or for being "immodestly dressed," have occurred in
these neighborhoods. Isolated street protests and demonstrations can occur
in the commercial districts of East Jerusalem (Salah Eddin Street and
Damascus Gate areas) during periods of unrest. U.S. Government employees
have been prohibited from traveling to the commercial areas of East
Jerusalem, including the Old City, except for mission essential business.
Private American citizens should avoid travel to these areas at this time.
West Bank and Gaza: The U.S. Government currently prohibits U.S. Government
employees, officials, and dependents from traveling to the West Bank and
Gaza, except for mission essential business. Private American citizens
should avoid travel to these areas at this time. Embassy staff have also
been prohibited from using Rt. 443 (the Modi'in Road) in Israel to travel to
During periods of unrest, access to the West Bank and Gaza are sometimes
closed off by the Israeli government. Travel restrictions may be imposed
with little or no warning. Strict measures have frequently been imposed
following terrorist actions and the movement of Palestinian Americans with
residency status in the West Bank or Gaza and foreign passport holders have
been severely impaired
In the Golan Heights, there are live land mines in many areas and visitors
should walk only on established roads or trails. Near the northern border
of Israel, rocket attacks from Lebanese territory can occur without warning.
CRIME: The crime rate is moderate in Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank and
Gaza. The loss or theft of a U.S. passport abroad should be reported
immediately to local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. U.S.
citizens may refer to the Department of State's pamphlets, "A Safe Trip
Abroad" and "Tips for Travelers to the Middle East and North Africa." They
are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing
Office, Washington, DC 20402, via the internet at
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs, or via the bureau of consular affairs
home page at http://travel.state.gov
MEDICAL FACILITIES: Modern medical care and medicines are available in
Israel. Some hospitals in Israel and most hospitals in the West Bank and
Gaza, however, fall below U.S. standards. Travelers can find information in
English about emergency medical facilities and after-hours pharmacies in the
"Jerusalem Post" and English language "Ha'aretz" newspapers.
MEDICAL INSURANCE: The Department of State strongly urges Americans to
consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to
confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it will cover
emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. U.S. medical insurance
plans seldom cover health costs incurred outside the United States unless
supplemental coverage is purchased. Further, U.S. Medicare and Medicaid
programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the United
States. However, many travel agents and private companies offer insurance
plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas including
emergency services such as medical evacuations.
When making a decision regarding health insurance, Americans should consider
that many foreign doctors and hospitals require payment in cash prior to
providing service and that a medical evacuation to the U.S. may cost well in
excess of $50,000. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas
often face extreme difficulties, whereas travelers who have purchased
overseas medical insurance have, when a medical emergency occurs, found it
life-saving. When consulting with your insurer prior to your trip,
ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider
or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses you incur. Some
insurance policies also include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for
disposition of remains in the event of death.
Useful information on medical emergencies abroad, including overseas
insurance programs, is provided in the Department of State's Bureau of
Consular Affairs brochure "Medical Information for Americans Traveling
Abroad," available via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page or autofax:
OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION: Travelers from regions where contagious diseases
are prevalent may need to show shot records before entry into Israel.
Information on vaccinations and other health precautions may be obtained
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international
travelers hotline at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747), fax: 1-888-CDC-FAXX
(1-888-232-3299), or by visiting the CDC Internet home page at
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign country, U.S.
citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those
in the United States. The information below is provided for general
reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or
Safety of Public Transportation: good*
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: good
Availability of Roadside Assistance: good
*U.S. Embassy and Consulate employees and their families have been
prohibited from using public buses (please review the earlier section
Israeli roads and highways tend to be crowded, especially in urban areas.
Aggressive driving is a serious problem and few drivers maintain safe
following distances. Drivers should use caution, as there is a high rate of
fatalities from automobile accidents.
For specific information concerning Israeli driver's permits, vehicle
inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, contact the Israel Ministry of
Tourism office in New York via the internet at http://www.goisrael.com
West Bank and Gaza:
Safety of Public Transportation: poor
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: poor
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: poor
Availability of Roadside Assistance: poor
Crowded roads and aggressive driving are common in the West Bank and Gaza.
During periods of heightened tensions, cars with Israeli license plates have
been stoned. Emergency services may be delayed by the need for Palestinian
authorities to coordinate with Israeli officials. Seat belt use is required
outside of cities, drivers may not drink alcohol, and travel by motorcycle
is not allowed. Individuals involved in accidents resulting in death or
injury may be detained by police pending an investigation.
For additional information about road safety, see the Department of State,
Bureau of Consular Affairs home page road safety overseas feature at
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has
assessed the Government of Israel's Civil Aviation Authority as Category 1 -
in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of
Israel's air carrier operations. For further information, travelers may
contact the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at 1-800-322-7873,
or visit the FAA's web site at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/. The U.S.
Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers
for suitability as official providers of air services. For information
regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact DOD at
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: Video cameras and other electronic items must be
declared upon entry to Israel. Please contact the Embassy of Israel for
specific information regarding customs requirements. Definitive information
on customs requirements for the Palestinian Authority is not available.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to
that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly
from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available
to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be
more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Individuals
traveling to the West Bank and Gaza through Israel or Israeli-controlled
entry points are also subject to Israeli law and jurisdiction. Persons
violating Israel's or the Palestinian Authority's laws, even unknowingly,
may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or
trafficking in illegal drugs in Israel are strict and convicted offenders
can expect jail sentences and heavy fines. The Palestinian Authority also
has strict penalties for the possession, use, or trafficking in illegal
drugs by persons visiting or residing in its jurisdiction.
ARRESTS AND DETENTION: U.S. citizens arrested by the Israeli National Police
(INP) in Israel and charged with crimes are entitled to legal representation
and consular notification and visitation. Typically the INP notifies the
Embassy or Consulate General within two days of arrest, and consular access
is normally granted within four days. This procedure may be expedited if
the arrested American shows a U.S. passport to the police, or asks the
police to contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
U.S. citizens arrested by the Israeli Security Police for security offenses,
and U.S. citizens arrested in the West Bank or Gaza for criminal or security
offenses may be prevented from communicating with lawyers, family members,
or consular officers for lengthy periods. The U.S. Consulate General and
the Embassy are often not notified of such arrests, or are not notified in a
timely manner. Consular access to the arrested individual is frequently
delayed. U.S. citizens have been subject to mistreatment during
interrogation and pressured to sign statements in Hebrew which have not been
translated. Under local law they may be detained for up to six months at a
time without charges. Youths over the age of 14 have been detained and
tried as adults. When access to a detained American citizen is denied or
delayed, the U.S. government formally protests the lack of consular access
to the Israeli government. The U.S. Government also will protest any
mistreatment to the relevant authorities as well.
U.S. citizens arrested by the Palestinian Authority (PA) Security Forces in
the West Bank or Gaza for crimes are entitled to legal representation and
consular notification and access. The PA Security Forces normally notify
the Embassy (for Gaza) or Consulate General (for West Bank) within two days
of arrest and consular access is normally granted within four days. This
procedure may be expedited if the arrested American shows a U.S. passport to
the police, or asks the police to contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
U.S. citizens arrested by the PA Security Forces in the West Bank or Gaza
for security offenses may be prevented from communicating with lawyers,
family members, or consular officers for lengthy periods. In addition, they
may be held in custody for protracted periods without formal charges or
before being taken in front of a judge for an arrest extension. The U.S.
Consulate General is often not notified by the PA of the arrests in a timely
manner, and consular access to the arrested is occasionally delayed.[F1]
The U.S. Government does not have a formal mechanism for protesting these
delays in notification or access to the Palestinian Authority; however, our
concerns are pursued with local PA officials.[F2]
COURT JURISDICTION: Civil courts in Israel actively exercise their authority
to bar certain individuals, including nonresidents, from leaving the country
until monetary and other legal claims against them can be resolved.
Israel's rabbinical courts exercise jurisdiction over all Jewish citizens
and residents of Israel in cases of marriage, divorce, child custody and
child support. In some cases, Jewish Americans who entered Israel as
tourists have become defendants in divorce cases filed by their spouses in
Israeli rabbinical courts. These Americans have been detained in Israel for
prolonged periods while the Israeli courts consider whether they have
sufficient ties to Israel to establish rabbinical court jurisdiction.
Jewish American visitors should be aware that they might be subject to
involuntary and prolonged stays in Israel if a case is filed against them in
a rabbinical court, even if their marriage took place in the U.S. and/or
their spouse is not present in Israel.
CHILDREN'S ISSUES: For information on the international adoption of children
and international parental child abduction, please refer to our Internet
site at http://travel.state.gov/childrens_issues.html or telephone: (202)
REGISTRATION/EMBASSY AND CONSULATE LOCATIONS: The State Department advises
American citizens who plan to be in the region for over a month to register
at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv or the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.
E-mail registration for the U.S. Embassy is possible at amctelaviv@...
and for the U.S. Consulate General at jerusalemacs@.... When
registering, U.S. citizens can obtain updated information on travel and
security in the area.
The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel is located at 71 Hayarkon Street. The
U.S. mailing address is PSC 98, Box 0001, APO AE 09830. The telephone
number is (972)(3) 519-7575. The number after 4:30 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m.
local time is (972)(3) 519-7551. The fax number is (972)(3) 516-4390. The
Embassy's e-mail address is amctelaviv@... and its Internet web page
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy should be contacted for information
and help in the following areas: Israel, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights
and ports of entry at Ben Gurion Airport, Gaza International Airport, Haifa
Port, and the northern (Jordan River) and southern (Arava) border crossings
connecting Israel and Jordan.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem is located
at 27 Nablus Road. The U.S. mailing address is Unit 7228, Box 0039, APO AE
09830. The telephone number is (972)(2) 622-7200. The number after 4:30
p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. local time is (972)(2) 622-7250. The fax number
is (972)(2) 627-2233. The Consulate's e-mail address is
jerusalemacs@... and its Internet web page is
The U.S. Consulate General should be contacted for information and help in
the following areas: West and East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Allenby
Bridge border crossing connecting Jordan with the West Bank.
There is a U.S. Consular Agent in Haifa at 26 Ben Gurion Boulevard,
telephone (972)(4) 853-1470, who reports to the Embassy in Tel Aviv. The
Consular Agent can provide routine and emergency services in the north.
* * * * * *
This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated September 15, 1999, to
reflect the Travel Warning, and to update information on entry requirements,
security measures, traffic and road safety conditions, and arrests and
[F1]Should we say "have been"?
[F2]I realize the changes read awkwardly, and would welcome improvements,
but we can't say we protest when access is denied, because it never has
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