Health Alert: Authorized Departure Ends for U.S. Mission Personnel

Health Alert

Message for U.S. Citizens – August 25, 2020 

Location: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Event:  On August 24, 2020, the Department of State terminated Authorized Departure status of non-emergency U.S. personnel and family members from the U.S. Mission to Saudi Arabia, which is comprised of the Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulates General in Jeddah and Dhahran.  This status was authorized on June 26, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Mission continues to provide limited passport and other services to American citizens on an appointment-only basis, as resources permit; appointments must be requested by contacting the relevant American Citizens Services Unit at the email address listed below.  Assistance in the event of an emergency is available at any time by calling the Embassy or one of the Consulates General at the numbers listed below.

Actions to Take:

  • Register in STEP and encourage other Americans to do so.
  • Ensure your passport is valid and you have funds to purchase a ticket.
  • Complete any Saudi exit permit/visa formalities well in advance of travel.
  • Cooperate with public policies designed to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Stay abreast of local news and information concerning travel restrictions.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Saudi Arabia.
  •  Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest restrictions on travel to the United States.

For Assistance Contact:

U.S. Embassy Riyadh

Abdullah Ibn Hudhafah As Sahmi Street Roundabout no. 9

Diplomatic Quarter Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 

Telephone: (966) (11) 488-3800

Fax: (966) (11) 488-7670

U.S. Consulate General Jeddah

Al Safa Street, Al Muhammadiyah District, near the new American School building.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: (966) (12) 220-5000

Fax: (966) (12) 220-5093

U.S. Consulate General Dhahran

Between KFUPM and King Abdulaziz Airbase

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: (966) (13) 330-3200

Fax: (966) (13) 330-6816

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Saudi Arabia Country Information

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