Saudi Arabia Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Dec 04, 2003
This Travel Warning is being updated to alert Americans to continuing
security concerns in Saudi Arabia. This Travel Warning supersedes that of
October 27, 2003.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to
Saudi Arabia. Americans are reminded of the potential for further terrorist
actions against U.S. citizens abroad, including in the Persian Gulf region.
The U.S. Government continues to receive indications of terrorist threats
aimed at American and Western interests, including the targeting of
transportation and civil aviation. American citizens in Saudi Arabia should
remain vigilant, particularly in public places associated with the Western
community. There is information indicating that the Seder Village housing
compound in Riyadh has been under active surveillance by terrorists.
Terrorists have attacked residential housing compounds in the Riyadh area in
2003, and credible information indicates that terrorists continue to target
these compounds in Saudi Arabia, particularly in the Riyadh area. There is
also credible information regarding targeting of compounds throughout the
In response, the U.S. Embassy has restricted American employees and
dependents from visiting housing compounds in the Riyadh area between the
hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except for official business.
U.S. citizens who travel to, or remain in, Saudi Arabia despite this Travel
Warning should register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in
Riyadh or at the Consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran, and enroll in the warden
system (emergency alert network) to obtain updated information on travel and
security in Saudi Arabia.
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. U.S. travelers can also get up-to-date
information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 in the U.S. or
Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328.
U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Consular
Information Sheet for Saudi Arabia, the Worldwide Caution Public
Announcement, and Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement at