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Saudi Arabia Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Mar 11, 2004

This Travel Warning is being updated to alert Americans to continuing security concerns in Saudi Arabia. This Travel Warning supersedes that of October 27, 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 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 community. There is information indicating that the Seder Village housing compound in Riyadh has been under active surveillance by terrorists. Terrorists have attacked residential housing compounds in the Riyadh area in 2003, and credible information indicates that terrorists continue to target these compounds in Saudi Arabia, particularly in the Riyadh area. There is also credible information regarding targeting of compounds throughout the country.

In response, the U.S. Embassy has restricted American employees and dependents from visiting housing compounds in the Riyadh area between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except for official business.

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.

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 http://travel.state.gov.

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