Saudi Arabia Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Dec 17, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to alert Americans to the fact that, due
to security concerns, the Department of State has authorized the departure
of family members and non-emergency employees of the U.S. Embassy and
Consulates on a voluntary basis. Private American citizens should evaluate
their own security situations and should consider departing the country.
This Travel Warning supersedes that of December 8, 2003.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer 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. 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) to obtain updated information on travel and
security in Saudi Arabia.
Due to ongoing security concerns, on December 17, 2003, the Department of
State authorized the departure, on a voluntary basis, of family members and
non-emergency personnel of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Saudi Arabia.
U.S. consular personnel remain available to provide emergency services to
The U.S. Government continues to receive indications of terrorist threats
aimed at American and Western interests, including the targeting of
transportation and civil aviation. American citizens in Saudi Arabia should
remain vigilant, particularly in public places associated with the Western
Terrorists have attacked residential housing compounds in the Riyadh area in
2003. Credible information indicates that terrorists continue to target
residential compounds in Saudi Arabia, particularly in the Riyadh area, but
also compounds throughout the country.
>From time to time, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Saudi Arabia may
restrict the travel of official Americans or suspend public services for
security reasons. In those instances, the Embassy and Consulates will keep
the local American citizen community apprised through the Warden System and
make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. The U.S.
Mission in Saudi Arabia continues to restrict the travel of its American
employees and their dependents to residential compounds in the Riyadh area
to between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Restrictions on travel to
other destinations have been lifted in conjunction with the Department's
approval of voluntary departure status. Warden messages can be found on the
US Embassy Riyadh website: http://usembassy.state.gov/riyadh/
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 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