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Qatar Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Feb 13, 2003

This Travel Warning is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to increased security concerns in Qatar. In addition, this Travel Warning alerts U.S. citizens that the Department of State has authorized the departure of family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar on a voluntary basis. Private U.S. citizens in Qatar should evaluate rigorously their own security situation and should consider departing.

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the increased risks of travel to Qatar. As stated in the current Middle East and North Africa Update Public Announcement, Americans are reminded of the potential for further terrorist actions against U.S. citizens abroad, specifically in the Middle East.

On February 12, 2003, the Department of State authorized the departure of family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar on a voluntary basis. U.S. consular personnel remain available to provide emergency information and services to U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens who remain in or travel to Qatar despite this warning are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Doha and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) in order to obtain updated information on travel and security in Qatar. Americans in Qatar should exercise caution and take prudent measures to maintain their security. These measures include being vigilantly aware of surroundings, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low profile, and varying times and routes for all travel, and ensuring travel documents are current.

The U.S. Embassy is located on D Ring Road (between Al Rayyan Road and Khalifa Street) in the Al-Luqta District, P.O. Box 2399, Doha. The 24-hour telephone number is (974) 488-4101. On the Internet, you may reach the Embassy web site at http://www.usembassy.org.qa. The embassy observes a Sunday through Thursday workweek. Many businesses and government offices in Qatar observe a Saturday through Wednesday workweek.

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