Travel Alert – Saudi Arabia – US Citizens…


Government Warning Issued for Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department has issued this latest warning for people traveling and living in the country of Saudi Arabia.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Category: Other

Severity: 3 (Moderate)

Source: U.S. State Department

03/23/2015 (Saudi Arabia) – As reported in recent security messages, consular services were cancelled at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh and Consulates General in Jeddah and Dhahran from Sunday, March 15 to Thursday, March 19, due to heightened security concerns at U.S. diplomatic facilities in Saudi Arabia.

This message is to inform U.S. citizens that the Embassy and Consulates will resume all regular consular services on Sunday, March 22. All those who have visa and U.S. citizen services appointments should plan to come in as scheduled.

All U.S. citizens are encouraged to continue to be aware of their surroundings and take extra precautions when travelling throughout the country. The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Saudi Arabia and limit non-essential travel within the country.

Regardless of where you are, it is always advisable to keep your security and situational awareness levels high. Please follow these good personal security practices:

Avoid crowds or large gatherings when traveling in public;

Know where you are going and have a plan of what to do in the event you encounter demonstrations or violence;

Identify safe areas (for example police stations, hospitals, Saudi Government buildings) in your area and how to get to them quickly;

Tell co-workers or neighbors where youre going and when you intend to return;

Minimize your profile while in public;

Always carry a cell phone and make sure you have emergency numbers pre-programmed into your phone such as the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh (011.488.3800), U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah (012.667.0080), and U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran (013.330.3200). The emergency number for the Saudi Police, Fire, and Rescue is 999. Please keep in mind that most emergency dispatchers and personnel do not speak English;

Be prepared to postpone or cancel activities for personal safety concerns;

Report concerns you may have to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, or the U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran.

Copyright © 2015 U.S. Department of State

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