12. April 2003

There remains a high threat to British individuals and organisations in the region. Terrorist attacks could involve the use of chemical and biological materials.

Since November 2000, there has been a series of bombings, seven of which have killed and injured British nationals and other Westerners. A British national was recently shot and killed at traffic lights in Riyadh.

Military action in Iraq continues. Developments in Iraq and on the Middle East Peace Process continue to have an impact on local public opinion in the region and this might be expressed by some people, including through acts of violence against British nationals or organisations. You should follow news reports and be alert to regional developments.

You should maintain a high level of vigilance, particularly in public places frequented by foreigners such as hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. You should take sensible precautions for your personal and vehicle safety.

You should remember that Islamic law is strictly enforced in Saudi Arabia.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office London



 12. April 2003

Canadians should defer all tourist travel to Saudi Arabia. Other Canadians should evaluate carefully the implications for their security and safety before deciding to travel.

Although military action continues in Iraq, there have been no serious security incidents in Saudi Arabia directly related to the war. Random and indiscriminate terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, together with heightened tensions throughout the region, put Canadians at greater risk. Canadians should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times as the security situation could deteriorate rapidly without notice. Exercise appropriate caution, and avoid large gatherings, crowded places, and proximity to other possible targets, including pedestrian promenades, shopping malls, open markets and restaurants. Canadians should monitor local developments, avoid crowds and demonstrations, as well as register and remain in regular contact with the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh or the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (call collect 613-996-8885).

Avoid leaving vehicles unattended. When doing so, carefully inspect both the exterior and interior upon return to detect any attached devices or suspect packages nearby. Treat mail and packages from unfamiliar sources with suspicion. If you notice anything unusual, contact your sponsor or call the Saudi police immediately by dialing 999. Suspects as well as witnesses to incidents may be held for lengthy periods without access to legal counsel or consular officials. If access is granted, it may be severely limited by the Saudi authorities.
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade



 20. März 2003

Le déclenchement des opérations militaires en Iraq doit inciter les voyageurs à différer leurs déplacements en Arabie Saoudite dans toute la mesure du possible.
Il est recommandé aux personnes qui choisiraient néanmoins de se rendre dans ce pays de faire preuve d'une grande prudence et d'adopter une attitude de réserve notamment dans les lieux publics, de consulter régulièrement ce site et de signaler leur présence à l'Ambassade de France à Riyad ou au Consulat général de France à Djeddah.
Ministère Français des Affaires Étrangères



12. Februar 2003

This Travel Warning is being updated to reflect that the Department of State has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and family members from the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Saudi Arabia. Previously, authorization was granted only for family members. This Travel Warning supersedes that of January 30, 2003.

The Department of State alerts Americans to increased security concerns in Saudi Arabia. The Department of State has authorized the departure of family members and non-emergency personnel of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates on a voluntary basis. Private American citizens currently in Saudi Arabia should evaluate rigorously their own security situations and should consider departing, especially given decreased flight availability at a time of high demand related to school holidays and the Hajj.

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the increased risks of travel to Saudi Arabia. As stated in the current Public Announcement, Middle East and North Africa Update, Americans are reminded of the potential for further terrorist actions against U.S. citizens abroad, specifically in the Middle East, including the Persian Gulf.

As a result of these concerns about the reduced availability of commercial transportation during the Hajj period, on February 12, 2003, the Department of State authorized the departure, on a voluntary basis, of family members and non-emergency personnel of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Saudi Arabia. U.S. consular personnel remain available to provide emergency information and services to American citizens.

U.S. citizens who remain in Saudi Arabia despite this Travel Warning are encouraged to 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) in order to obtain updated information on travel and security in Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is located at Collector Road M, Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter. The international mailing address is P.O. Box 94309, Riyadh 11693. Mail may also be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to: U.S. Embassy, Unit 61307, APO AE 09803-1307. The Embassy telephone number is (966) (1) 488-3800, fax (966) (1) 488-7275.

Bureau of Consular Affairs of the United States of America




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