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This advice has been reviewed and reissued. It contains new information on safety and security. The overall level of the advice has not changed.
Australians in Uzbekistan are advised to exercise extreme caution. Recent reports suggest that terrorists may be in the advanced stages of planning attacks. These could occur at any time, anywhere in Uzbekistan, including the capital Tashkent, and could be directed against a range of targets, including locations known to be frequented by foreigners.
Australians are advised to defer all travel to the Ferghana Valley in eastern Uzbekistan, including the city of Andizhan, until further notice. There are reports that up to several hundred protesters were killed during a civil uprising on 13-14 May 2005 in Andizhan.
Australians are advised to defer non-essential travel to the regions bordering Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan due to the uncertain security situation and risk posed by landmines in those areas. Australians are advised to defer non-essential travel to the regions bordering Afghanistan due to the hazardous security situation in that country.