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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Travel Alert Lifted




WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department has lifted travel warnings for Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine that were issued because of concerns about potential year 2000 disruptions.


The State Department also ended Thursday its authorization for eligible family members and employees of U.S. Embassies and Consulates to depart from the four countries.


"The Department of State has lifted the authorized [voluntary] departure of eligible family members and employees of the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine and has removed the travel warnings of Oct. 29, 1999," State Department spokesman James Rubin said in a statement.


The State Department had been concerned potential disruptions to energy supplies in Russia could pose a risk to the safety of Americans by their effect on fuel, water and telephone service.