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MESSAGES TO U.S. CITIZENS

Jammu and Kashmir Civil Unrest

 

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:  September 14, 2010

Dear U.S. citizens:

We are forwarding this message for the benefit of those who may not have received the below notice last evening.  We request you to  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.

U.S. citizens are advised of the continuing violent civil unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.  According to media reports, a curfew is in effect in Kashmir, including the capital, Srinagar, and other major cities. All flights to Srinagar have been suspended for the next three days.  There have been a number of fatalities in the unrest.  Demonstrators are protesting against both Indian authorities in Kashmir and in response to reports of Qur’ans allegedly being desecrated in the U.S.  All US citizens residing or traveling in Kashmir should exercise caution, maintain a low profile, avoid all demonstrations, monitor local media for security updates, and anticipate major transportation disruptions. 

The Department of State strongly recommends that US citizens avoid travel to Jammu and Kashmir (with the exception of the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) because of the potential for terrorist incidents as well as violent public unrest.  U.S. Government employees are prohibited from traveling to the state of Jammu and Kashmir (except for Ladakh) without permission, which is only granted in exceptional circumstances, from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. 

The Department’s September 9, 2010, Worldwide Travel Alert highlights the potential in many countries for anti-US demonstrations, some of which could turn violent, in response to reports of Qur’ans allegedly being desecrated in the US.

U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel website so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest 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 additional information, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad".

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet website where the Worldwide Caution and current 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).  U.S. citizens are also encouraged to read the Country Specific Information for India

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.