Cablegate: Travel Alert - Tanzania
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SUBJECT: TRAVEL ALERT - TANZANIA
1. The State Department alerts American citizens to the
possibility of election-related violence as Zanzibar
begins to register voters for the upcoming general
elections expected in October 2010. The Department
recommends that U.S. citizens defer all non-essential
travel to the northern island of Pemba of Zanzibar.
This Travel Alert expires on December 20, 2009.
2. Since registration of voters began on the island of
Pemba on July 6, 2009, there have been several reports
of civil unrest. Past elections in Zanzibar have
featured violence during the campaign season, the
election, and especially in the days and weeks following
the announcement of election results.
3. Government security forces have been augmented in
northern Pemba Island, particularly in the districts of
Wete and Micheweni. Voter registration on Pemba is
expected to conclude on December 14, 2009. Voter
registration on the larger island of Unguja (also
referred to as "Zanzibar") is expected to begin in
September and may carry with it similar political
4. American citizens resident or traveling in Zanzibar
during this period are reminded to maintain a high level
of security awareness at all times and avoid political
rallies, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind. U.S.
citizens should monitor the situation via media sources,
including TV and radio and via the internet.
5. For the latest security information, Americans
traveling abroad should regularly monitor the
Department's Internet website (http://travel.state.gov)
where the current Travel Warnings and Public
Announcements, including the World Wide Caution, can be
found. Up-to-date information on safety and security
can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free
in the U.S. and Canada, or for callers outside the U.S.
and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.
These numbers are available from 8:00am to 8:00pm
Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal
6. Americans living or traveling in Tanzania are
encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the
State Department's travel registration website,
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ , so that
they can obtain updated information on travel and
security within Tanzania. Americans without Internet
access may register directly with the nearest U.S.
Embassy. By registering, American citizens make it
easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of
emergency. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in
Tanzania can be contacted by telephone  (22) 266-
8001 ext. 4122 and fax  (22) 266-8238. You may
also contact the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. For after hour emergencies U.S.
citizens should call  (22) 266-8001.
7. Minimize considered.