American Trevellers Urged To Be Careful Travelling to Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India during Farmer Protests

Calcutta, Dec 21, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The American Citizen Services (ACS) brings 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.

We advise you to exercise caution when traveling in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. According to local reports, as many as 200,000 farmers are protesting against state authorities in Bhopal. Roads are closed and there is limited mobility in parts of the city due to this protest.

There are no reports of actions targeted toward U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens are urged to always practice good security, maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid demonstrations, monitor local news reports and consider the level of security present when visiting public places, including religious sites.

U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through theState 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 theCountry Specific Information for India

The American Citizen Services of the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai is located at Lincoln House, 78 Bhulabhai Desai Road, 400026, telephone 91-22-2363-3611 extn: 4306; fax 91-22-2367-7026.  The number for after-hours emergencies is 91-22-2363-3611.  The fax number is 91-22-2363-0350.  The Consulate’s email address is mumbaiacs@state.gov and its Internet web page is http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s latest Country Specific Information for India and the Worldwide Caution, both available at http://travel.state.gov.

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 Embassy's Internet home page address is http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov.

-- The U.S. Consulate General in Calcutta (Kolkata) is at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071; telephone +91-33-3984-2400 through 2282-3615; fax +91-33-2282-2335. The Internet home page address is http://kolkata.usconsulate.gov.

-- The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras) is at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006, telephone +91-44-2857-4000; fax +91-44-2857-4443. The Internet home page address is http://chennai.usconsulate.gov.

-- 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.  The Internet home page address is http://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov.