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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Baku (Azerbaijan), 2017 Formula 1 Race — Baku Road and Pedestrian Restrictions

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The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Azerbaijan of the upcoming road and pedestrian restrictions that will be implemented in Baku during the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe. Road closures and other security measures will significantly affect traffic and restrict access to the Boulevard and city center from Monday, June 19, 1:00 am until Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 am. The race itself will take place during the weekend of June 23-25, including night events. For the most up-to-date information related to road closures, parking prohibitions, and pedestrian restrictions, please visit

Travelers are encouraged to plan their trips accordingly:

* Baku city residents should expect delays and congestion in Baku city center during the event; building extra time into your travel plans is highly recommended.

* Consider use of public transportation to reduce your movements by car in the city center.

* The public transport coordinator is expected to release bus schedules and related information for this period in the near future.

* Follow the law enforcement instructions and be patient.

Pedestrian Restrictions:

Pedestrian access along the Boulevard walking area is expected to be restricted to those with a race ticket or race accreditation throughout the event.

For further information:

* See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Azerbaijan Country Specific Information .

* Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program STEP to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

* For assistance, contact the U.S. Embassy in Baku, located at 111 Azadlig Avenue, at (+994) 12 488 3300. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+994) 12 488 3300.

* Local emergency numbers:

112 Ministry of Emergency Situations

101 Fire Department

102 Police

103 Medical Emergency

* Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

* Visit the U.S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijan and follow us on Twitter  and Facebook .