Warning: Saudi Arabia
released May 17, 2005, this information is current as of
Thursday, June 02, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.
This Travel Warning updates recommended security precautions and
reminds U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Saudi Arabia.
It supersedes the Travel Warning issued December 7, 2004.
Due to concerns about the possibility of additional terrorist
activity directed against American citizens and interests, the
Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer non-essential
travel to Saudi Arabia. The United States Mission in Saudi Arabia
remains an unaccompanied post as a result of continued security
concerns. Non-emergency employees and all dependents of the U.S.
Embassy Riyadh and Consulates General Jeddah and Dhahran were ordered
to leave the country on April 15, 2004. An armed attack on the
U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah occurred on December 6, 2004,
resulting in casualties among the non-American staff and damage
to consulate facilities. Although counter-terrorism efforts have
succeeded in diminishing terrorist capabilities in Saudi Arabia,
terrorist groups continue to target housing compounds and other
establishments where Westerners may be located. Saudi Government
facilities are also targets. In addition to car bombs and armed
assaults involving multiple gunmen against such facilities, terrorists
have used ambush attacks to kidnap and/or assassinate individual
American citizens who choose to visit or remain in Saudi Arabia
despite this Travel Warning are strongly urged to avoid staying
in hotels or housing compounds that do not apply stringent security
measures including, but not limited to, the presence of an armed
guard force, inspection of all vehicles, and a hardened security
perimeter to prevent unauthorized vehicles from approaching the
facility. American citizens are further advised to exercise caution
and maintain good situational awareness when visiting commercial
establishments frequented by Westerners or in primarily Western
environments; keep a low profile, varying times and routes for
all required travel; and ensure that travel documents and visas
are valid. American citizens are also advised to exercise caution
while driving, entering or exiting vehicles.
who travel to or remain in Saudi Arabia despite this travel warning
strongly urged to register with the U.S.
Embassy in Riyadh or the Consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran through
the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov,
in order to be included in the Mission’s warden network.
Updated travel and security information for Saudi Arabia is issued
periodically via the warden network.
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. Warden messages can be found on the
U.S. Embassy Riyadh website: http://riyadh.usembassy.gov.
Updated information on travel and security in Saudi Arabia may
be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747
in the U.S. or Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
For additional information, 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
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