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Cablegate: Travel Alert - Zimbabwe

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SUBJECT: TRAVEL ALERT - ZIMBABWE


1. This Travel Alert is being issued to update U.S.
citizens on safety and security concerns throughout
Zimbabwe due to ongoing political instability following the
March 29 national elections, and advises them to consider
carefully the risks of travel to Zimbabwe at this time.
This supersedes the Travel Alert for Zimbabwe dated
February 15, 2008 and expires on June 1, 2008.

2. U.S. citizens should carefully consider the risks of
travel to Zimbabwe. While the country awaits results of
the March 29 presidential elections, security forces
including some military and police, as well as war veterans
are creating a climate of intimidation and fear across the
country, particularly in rural areas and high-density
suburbs. There have been attacks on opposition supporters,
renewed farm invasions, and arrests of election officials
accused of vote tampering. There is a continued risk of
arbitrary detention or arrest.

3. Americans should be particularly aware of using still,
video or telephone cameras in any urban setting, or in the
vicinity of any political activity, as this could be
construed by Zimbabwean authorities as practicing
journalism without accreditation, a crime punishable by
arrest, incarceration and/or deportation.

4. American citizens traveling to or resident in Zimbabwe
should register with the U.S. Embassy by completing a
registration form online at
https://travelregistration.state.gov. Registration enables
the Embassy to contact American citizens in case of
emergency and provide updates on the security situation.

5. As the Department of State continues to develop
information on any potential security threats to U.S.
citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information
through its consular information program documents,
available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In
addition to information on the Internet, travelers may
obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by
calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. or outside the
U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

6. Minimize considered.
RICE

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