Worldwide Caution Public Announcement Travel Warning
Issued by U.S. Department of State
Jul 29, 2003
This supersedes the Worldwide Caution dated April 21, 2003. It is being
issued to remind U.S. citizens of the continuing threat of terrorist actions
that may target U.S. citizens and to update these potential threats. The
U.S. Government remains deeply concerned about the security of U.S. citizens
overseas. U.S. citizens are cautioned to maintain a high level of
vigilance, to remain alert and to take appropriate steps to increase their
security awareness. This Worldwide Caution expires on
January 26, 2004.
Tensions remaining from the recent events in Iraq may increase the potential
threat to U.S. citizens and interests abroad, by terrorist and other groups.
Terrorist actions may include, but are not limited to, suicide operations,
hijackings, bombings or kidnappings. These may also involve commercial
aircraft. Other potential threats include conventional weapons, such as
explosive devices, or non-conventional weapons, such as chemical or
biological agents. Terrorists do not distinguish between official and
civilian targets. These may include facilities where American citizens and
other foreigners congregate or visit, including residential areas, clubs,
restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels, outdoor recreation events
or resorts and beaches. U.S. citizens should remain in a heightened state
of personal security awareness when attendance at such locations is
U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert.
These facilities may temporarily close or suspend public services from time
to time to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S.
embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency
services to U.S. citizens. Americans are urged to monitor the local news
and maintain contact with the nearest American embassy or consulate.
As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security
threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information
through its Consular Information Program documents, available on the
Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the Internet, U.S. travelers can get up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 in the U.S. or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328.