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Kuwait Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Mar 17, 2003

This Travel Warning is being issued to alert U.S. citizens that the Department of State has ordered all family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait to depart the country. The decision to move to ordered departure status is a result of an overall assessment of the security situation in the region due to the threat of military action in Iraq. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Kuwait. Private American citizens currently in Kuwait are strongly urged to depart immediately. This Travel Warning supersedes that issued on January 30, 2003.

On March 16, the Department of State ordered all family members and non-emergency personnel to depart the country as a result of a deteriorating security situation in the region. U.S. consular personnel remain available to provide emergency information and services to American citizens. Should conditions dictate, some consular services for non-American citizens could be restricted, for example, suspending all but emergency visa operations.

U.S. citizens who remain in Kuwait despite this travel warning are encouraged to register at the consular section of the U.S. Embassy and enroll in the Embassy's warden system (emergency alert network) in order to obtain updated information on travel and security in Kuwait. please note that although commercial air service is currently available, there remains the possibility of commercial flight disruptions should there be military action in Iraq. In the event of military action in Iraq, there is a risk that Iraq or terrorist organizations may use chemical and/or biological materials which could affect the region. Americans in Kuwait should exercise caution and take prudent measures to maintain their security. These measures include being vigilantly aware of their surroundings, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low profile, varying times and routes for all required travel, and ensuring travel documents are current.

The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait is located at Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Street, Plot 14, Block 14, Bayan, Kuwait. The mailing address is P.O. Box 77, Safat 13001, Kuwait. The telephone numbers are 965-539-5307 or 539-5308. Initial registration may be done on-line at http://www.usembassy.gov.kw/registration-main.htm. Additional information may also be obtained through the Embassy's Internet web site at http://www.usembassy.gov.kw

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Kuwait and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are located on the Department's internet website at http://travel.state.gov.

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