Warning Lao Travel

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  1. ray23

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    Subject: Warden Message: Reported Fighting and Troop
    Movement Near Vang Vieng

    Laos – Warden Message
    Reported Fighting and Troop Movement Near Vang Vieng

    February 17, 2007

    Multiple sources, including other embassies in Laos,
    report one or more incidents of fighting involving Lao
    , as well as sightings of increased
    movements underway by Lao Government forces, in the
    area of Vang Vieng in northernVientiane Province on or
    about February 7, 2007.

    At the present time, the Embassy urges U.S. citizens
    to use caution when traveling in and around the area
    of Vang Vieng and recommends against travel by any
    form of ground transportation north from Vang Vieng to
    Luang Prabang.

    U.S. Embassy personnel are currently prohibited from
    undertaking personal travel by ground transportation
    north of Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, along Route 13
    and contiguous roadways.

    U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to consult the
    Consular Information Sheet for Laos, and on the
    Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs
    Internet Web site located at http://travel.state.gov.,
    where the Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and
    Travel Warnings can also be found. Up to date
    information on security can also be obtained by
    calling the Department of State toll-free at
    1-888-407-4747, or, if calling from overseas,
    1-202-501-444. These numbers are available fro 8:00
    AM to 8:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday
    (except U.S. federal holidays).

    Americans in Laos are encouraged to register with the
    U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel
    registration web site,
    https://travelregistratio n.state.gov.
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