SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
June 9, 2017
The United States Mission in Saudi Arabia reiterates its recommendation that U.S. citizens exercise caution in places frequented by foreigners due to the continuing risk of terrorist attacks directed or inspired by ISIS (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula across the Kingdom. Terrorist attacks can occur anywhere in the country. In the past, extremists have targeted Saudi government security forces and public venues.
The U.S. Mission in Saudi Arabia also reiterates its recommendation that U.S. citizens carefully consider the risks of traveling to Saudi Arabia and limit non-essential travel within the country. Regardless of your location, keep your security and situational awareness high. Be prepared to cancel or postpone activities for your personal security should circumstances dictate and remember to vary your routes and times when traveling in the Kingdom. Report security concerns to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh and Consulates General in Jeddah or Dhahran.
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For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Saudi Arabia Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia at +966 11 488 3800, the U.S. Consulate General Dhahran at +966 13 330 0464, and the U.S. Consulate General Jeddah at +966 12 667-0080.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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