Saudi Arabia Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Aug 14, 2003
This Travel Warning is being updated to alert Americans to increased
security concerns in Saudi Arabia. This Travel Warning supersedes that of
July 24, 2003.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to
Saudi Arabia. Americans are reminded of the potential for further terrorist
actions against U.S. citizens abroad, including in the Persian Gulf region.
The U.S. Government has received indications of terrorist threats aimed at
American and Western interests, including the targeting of transportation
and civil aviation. There is credible information that terrorists have
targeted Western aviation interests in Saudi Arabia. American citizens in
Saudi Arabia should remain vigilant, particularly in public places such as
residential areas, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, hotels, schools,
airports, outdoor recreation events, resorts and beaches, etc.
U.S. citizens who travel to, or 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. U.S. travelers can also get up-to-date
information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 in the U.S. or
Canada or on a regular toll line at
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