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Saudi Arabia Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

May 14, 2003

This Travel Warning is being updated to inform U.S. citizens that the Department of State has ordered the departure of all non-emergency personnel and family members from the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Saudi Arabia. U.S. citizens are reminded of increased security concerns and the potential of further terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia. This Travel Warning supersedes that of May 1, 2003.

The Department of State has ordered the departure of all non-emergency personnel and family members at the U.S. Embassy and the Consulates in Saudi Arabia following the terrorist attacks on May 12 against residential compounds in Riyadh. The Department recommends that private American citizens currently in Saudi Arabia consider departing the country.

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Saudi Arabia. As stated in the current Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement, Americans are reminded of the potential for further terrorist actions against U.S. citizens abroad, including in the Persian Gulf region.

Personnel at the United States Embassy and Consulates in Saudi Arabia remain available to provide emergency information and services to American citizens.

U.S. citizens who 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) 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 Canada or from other countries 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 travel.state.gov.

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