Saudi Arabia Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
May 05, 2003
This Travel Warning is being updated to alert U.S. citizens to increased
security concerns in Saudi Arabia. This Travel Warning supersedes that of
February 12, 2003.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to
Saudi Arabia. Information indicates that terrorist groups may be in the
final phases of planning attacks against U.S. interests in Saudi Arabia.
There is no information regarding the possible target. Non-emergency
personnel and family members of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Saudi
Arabia continue to be authorized to depart Saudi Arabia on a voluntary
basis. Private U.S. citizens currently in Saudi Arabia should evaluate their
own security situations, and should consider departing Saudi Arabia. The
U.S. Embassy and Consulates have advised employees and family members to
limit travel to essential business only.
As stated in the current Public Announcement, Middle East and North Africa
Update, Americans are reminded of the potential for further terrorist
actions against U.S. citizens abroad, specifically in the Middle East,
including the Persian Gulf.
Personnel at the United States Embassy and Consulates in Saudi Arabia remain
available to provide emergency information and services to American
U.S. citizens who remain in Saudi Arabia despite this Travel Warning are
encouraged to 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) in order 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. 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.
U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Consular
Information Sheet for Saudi Arabia and the World Wide Caution Public
Announcement, on the Department's internet website at