Travel Alert – 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…

Government Warning Issued for Saudi Arabia

Category: Criminal Activity

Severity: 3 (Moderate)

Source: U.S. State Department

12/09/2014 (Saudi Arabia) – Following the attacks in Al Hasa on November 3 and as a result of continued regional concerns,
the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia has now instructed its employees and their family members to
avoid travel to Al Hasa and urges all U.S. citizens to do the same.

This instruction is in addition to the Embassys earlier guidance to its employees to avoid the
Awamiya neighborhood of the Al Qatif governorate.

All U.S. citizens are encouraged 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, U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, and U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran. 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 © 2014 U.S. Department of State

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