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Cablegate: Travel Alert - Zimbabwe

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC ASEC ZI
SUBJECT: TRAVEL ALERT - ZIMBABWE

1. This Travel Alert updates safety and security concerns
in Zimbabwe, and urges U.S. citizens to defer all travel to
Zimbabwe at this time, and to consider relocating if
necessary to ensure their security during the election
period. The U.S. Embassy may periodically restrict the
travel of U.S. government personnel outside the capital
city or within Harare during certain hours. This
supersedes the Travel Alert for Zimbabwe dated June 2 and
expires on August 1, 2008.
2. U.S. citizens should defer all travel to Zimbabwe. U.S.
citizens resident in Zimbabwe should carefully review their
personal circumstances, avoid all travel after dark, and
consider moving to a more secure location in advance of,
and immediately following the scheduled June 27 runoff of
the presidential election. Due to the uncertain security
situation, the U.S. Embassy may periodically restrict the
travel of official U.S. government personnel outside the
capital city or within Harare during certain hours. Since
the March 29 general election, Zimbabwean security forces,
including some military and police, as well as so-called
war veterans, have created a climate of intimidation and
fear across the country. There have been numerous and
widespread attacks on opposition supporters, renewed farm
invasions, and arrests and beatings of election officials
accused of vote tampering. There is a continued risk of
arbitrary detention or arrest.
3. Americans should be particularly cautious when 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 misrepresenting
oneself as an accredited journalist, 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.
Important notices for American citizens are posted on the
U.S. Embassy in Harare's website at
(http://harare.usembassy.gov/warden2008.html)
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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