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Bahrain 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 Bahrain. 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 Bahrain on a voluntary basis. Private U.S. citizens in Bahrain 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 Bahrain. 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 Bahrain 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 Bahrain despite this warning are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Manama and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) to obtain updated information on travel and security in Bahrain. Americans in Bahrain 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, varying times and routes for all travel, and ensuring travel documents are current.

The U.S. Embassy is located at Bldg. 979, Road no. 3119, Zinj District (next to Al Ahli Sports Club). (The mailing address is P.O. Box 26431, Manama, Bahrain.) The telephone number is 973-273-300. The Consular Section fax number is 973-256-242. The Embassy maintains an English language hotline providing information on current travel conditions in Bahrain at 973-255-048. The Embassys website, which includes consular information, is http://www.usembassy.gov.bh. The workweek in Bahrain is Saturday through Wednesday.

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