August 9, 2008
This warden message is being issued to alert American citizens that the Department of State has authorized the departure of family members of U.S. government personnel from Georgia. Please see the Georgia Travel Warning below.
American citizens in Georgia who would like assistance to depart should contact the U.S. Embassy in Tblisi immediately. The Embassy is organizing a convoy from Tbilisi to Yerevan that will depart on August 10, 2008. A second convoy will depart on August 11. American citizens interested in joining the convoy should call the consular section at 995-32-27-70-00, ext. 7137 or ext. 7003, or 899-57-39-69.
Travel Warning - Georgia
This Travel Warning updates information on the armed conflict in South Ossetia between Georgian forces on the one hand, and Russian and separatist forces on the other. On August 9, 2008 the Department of State authorized the departure from Georgia of eligible family members. The Department recommends that American citizens defer non-essential travel to Georgia and that American citizens remaining in Georgia review their security situation. U.S. citizens remaining in Georgia should avoid unnecessary travel within Georgia, defer all travel north of Gori and avoid all travel to the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Private Americans unable to reach Tbilisi should consider transportation available in the Batumi area. This supersedes the Travel Alert for Georgia issued August 8, 2008.
The Embassy is organizing a convoy from Tbilisi to Yerevan that will depart on August 10, 2008. A second convoy will depart on August 11. American citizens interested in joining the convoy should call the consular section at 995-32-27-70-00, ext. 7137 or ext. 7003, or 899-57-39-69.
Since August 7, 2008, there has been extensive fighting in South Ossetia and several aerial bombings elsewhere in Georgia. Both military and civilian targets have been hit. There have also been reports of canceled airline flights. We recommend U.S. citizens contact airlines directly to confirm status of specific flights. American citizens remaining in Georgia despite this warning should monitor the U.S. Embassy website http://georgia.usembassy.gov and stay in contact with family and friends in the United States. American citizens in Tbilisi may also tune in to Radio Syndicati at FM 104.3 or throughout Georgia at Radio Green Wave at FM 107.4 for updated U.S. Embassy warden message information for U.S. citizens.
Family members and friends unable to verify the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens in the affected area should call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or from other areas via a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. U.S. citizens in the area are urged to monitor the local news. Those residing or traveling in Georgia are reminded to register with the U.S. Embassy either online at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs or in person at U.S. Embassy Tbilisi so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the embassy or consulate to contact them in case of emergency.
The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is located at 11 George Balanchine Street (in Didi Dighomi), Tbilisi 0131, Georgia, tel: 995-32-27-70-00. The after hours emergency number is 995-99-57-39-69, or, if dialing locally on a mobile telephone, 899-57-39-69.
For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, Country Specific Information, and health information resources 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, 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. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).