Iraq Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Jul 23, 2003
This Travel Warning provides updated information on the security situation
in the country and emphasizes the U.S. Government's limited capability to
provide services to U.S. citizens. It also notes that the U.S. passport
restrictions have been lifted. The security threat to all American citizens
in Iraq remains high. This replaces the Travel Warning of April 25, 2003.
The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens against travel to Iraq.
Although the restrictions on the use of U.S. passport travel to, in or
through Iraq have been lifted, travel to Iraq remains dangerous. Remnants
of the former Baath regime, transnational terrorists, and criminal elements
remain active. Coalition-led military operations continue, and there are
daily attacks against Coalition forces throughout the country. Attacks have
occurred in Baghdad, Faluja, Ramadi, Tikrit, Bayji, Baqubah, Mosul and
Kirkuk, but the security environment in all of Iraq remains volatile and
unpredictable. Faluja is especially dangerous. Attacks on coalition forces
as well as civilian targets usually occur during the late evening and early
morning hours. Travel at night is extremely dangerous.
There have been attacks on civilian as well as military convoys. Travelers
are strongly urged to travel in convoys of at least four vehicles in
daylight hours only. There has been an increase in the use of Improvised
Explosive Devices (IED) and/or mines on roads, particularly in plastic bags,
soda cans, and dead animals. Grenades and explosives have been thrown into
vehicles from overpasses, particularly in crowded areas.
There is a U.S. consular officer in Baghdad who can provide limited
emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq and is located at the Iraq Forum
(Convention Center) across from the al-Rashid Hotel. The consular officer
cannot issue U.S. passports or provide visa service. American citizens who
choose to visit or remain in Iraq despite the warning contained herein are
urged to pay close attention to their personal security, should avoid
rallies and demonstrations, and should inform the U.S. consular officer of
their presence in Iraq.
Private American citizens may obtain the latest security information by
contacting the Iraqi Assistance Center's Security Officer, also located in
the Iraq Forum, at tel: 1-914-360-9241 (New York number). Detailed security
information is also available at www.centcom.mil.
Updated information on travel and security in Iraq may be obtained from the
Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or,
from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. U.S. citizens who plan to travel to or
remain in Iraq despite this Travel Warning should consult the Department of
State's latest Consular Information Sheets and the current Worldwide Caution
Public Announcement, which are available on the Department's Internet site