WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Department of State on Wednesday issued a travel warning recommending that U.S. citizens defer travel to Albania.
Albania - Travel Warning
March 12, 1997
The Department of State recommends that American citizens defer travel to Albania at this time due to increasing violence after the collapse of pyramid investment schemes and resulting political instability. The Government of Albania has declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. The Government has also mandated that the workday for most
businesses end at 3:00 p.m.
The Department of State has therefore ordered the departure of dependents of American Embassy employees and non-essential U.S. Embassy employees.
American citizens currently in Albania should depart the country as soon as possible. In the meantime, U.S. citizens should follow the Government-imposed curfew, continue to avoid crowds and exercise caution at all times. Depending on the conditions prevailing in a particular locality, American citizens should remain in their homes and avoid travel.
For updated information, Americans should contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy, located at Rruga E Elbasanit 103, Tirana; telephone 355-42-32875; fax 355-42-32222.