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MESSAGES TO U.S. CITIZENS

Travel Alert - ICC Cricket World Cup: India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka

 

American Citizens Services
U.S. Consulate General
220 Anna Salai, Chennai 600 006, India
Telephone: 91-44-2857-4000; Facsimile: 91-44-2857-4344
E-mail: chennaics@state.gov website: http://chennai.usconsulate.gov


Date:  February 18, 2011


Dear U.S. citizens:


We bring this message to your attention so you can carefully consider the information it contains.  Please pass along the information below to the U.S. citizens in your area.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


India - Security Issues


ICC Cricket World Cup: India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka


The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to safety and security issues related to the ICC Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held in those countries between February 19 and April 2, 2011. While the U.S. government has no specific threat information regarding the Cricket World Cup, large, high-profile events of this nature can be targets for terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens should review the Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on January 31, 2011, and note the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. This Travel Alert expires on April 9, 2011.

Local authorities in the country where individual matches are held are responsible for security arrangements for the ICC Cricket World Cup. U.S. citizens should monitor local news reports and consider the level of security present when visiting public places, including religious sites, or choosing hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and recreation and sporting venues.

U.S. citizens planning to travel to India, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka during the ICC Cricket World Cup should read carefully the State Department’s Country Specific Information for these countries, available on the Department’sTravel website. Travelers should pay particular attention at this time to the information on safety and security, crime, scams, traffic safety, and road conditions. U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. For additional information, please refer to A Safe Trip Abroad.

U.S. citizens in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By enrolling, 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 of State’s Travel website, where they can find the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts. 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 Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Face book as well.

U.S. citizens with questions or concerns may contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the Embassy or the Consulates General for further information:

  • The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is located at Shanti Path, Chanakya Puri 110021; telephone             +91-11-2419-8000      ; fax +91-11-2419-8407.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay) is located at Lincoln House, 78 Bhulabhai Desai Road, 400026, telephone            +91-22-2363-3611      ; fax +91-22-2363-0350.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras) is at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006, telephone             +91-44-2857-4000      ; fax +91-44-2811-2027.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata (Calcutta) is at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071; telephone             +91-33-3984-2400      ; fax +91-33-2282-2335.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad is at Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003; telephone:            +91 (40) 4033-8300.