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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
 

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens- Fiji and Tonga
January 9, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Fiji and/or Tonga that the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has issued an updated tropical cyclone warning on January 9, 2014 for Tonga and Fiji.  Tropical cyclone (TC) Ian is located approximately 287 NM east-north east of Suva, Fiji and has tracked northwestward at 01 knots over the past 6 hours.  TC Ian has been upgraded to a category 03 tropical cyclone and may continue to intensify.  TC Ian is reported to have estimated winds of 60 knots with momentary gusts up to 75 knots.  The extended outlook predicts maximum sustained winds at 100 knots with gusts up to 125 knots during the next 48 hours.  On its current track, TC Ian may bring damaging gale force winds to Niuafo'ou, Tonga in the next three to six hours and to Vava'u, Tonga in the next 18 to 24 hours.  Confidence is low in the forecast tracking.  We urge U.S. citizens to consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/) website for the latest weather information.

You should protect your travel and identity documents against loss or damage, as the need to replace lost documentation could delay or otherwise complicate your return to the United States.  Secure your travel documents, (i.e. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture IDs, etc.) by placing them in a safe, waterproof location or carry the documents with you.  You are urged to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions.

Tell family and friends in the United States of your whereabouts, and keep in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, and local officials for information about the flooding, including possible evacuation and shelter information.

U.S. citizens in Fiji and Tonga are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Those enrolled in STEP receive Messages and Emergency Messages for U.S. citizens. These messages are placed on our website at the same time that they are sent via email to STEP enrollees. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll in person at the U.S. Embassy. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

U.S. Embassy Suva
158 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva, Fiji
Telephone: (679) 331-4466
Emergency after-hours telephone: (679) 772-8049
Facsimile: (679) 330-2267                                                                                                 

American Citizens Services Unit e-mail:  consularsuva@state.gov

Updated information on travel and security in Fiji and Tonga may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). For further information, please consult the Embassy website, the Country Specific Information for Tonga, as well as the Worldwide Caution. You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which also contains current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Follow us on Twitterand the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.