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
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