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Travel Warning for Saudi Arabia - February 11, 2014

Security Message for U.S. Citizens - January 15, 2014

Message for U.S. Citizens regarding recent unrest in Saudi Arabia

Hours: Visa services are available Sunday to Thursday (excluding holidays), and by appointment only. Non-Immigrant Visa interviews are conducted from 8:00-11:00am, while Immigrant Visa interviews are conducted from 12:30-3:00pm.

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh provides assistance to U.S. citizens in the central region of Saudi Arabia.  American citizens can apply for US passports, document their foreign-born children as U.S. citizens, and request help in an emergency. Our staff can also notarize documents for use in the United States and provide information about Social Security benefits and other benefits.

Appointments are required for routine American Citizens Services. Click here to make an appointment.  Effective January 5, 2013, all routine services will be conducted by appointment only.

If you have an emergency concerning a U.S. citizen in Saudi Arabia, please see our emergency contact information.

The U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran provides services to American citizens in Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and the US Consulate General Jeddah serves the Western region, from Tabuk to Najran.

Worldwide Travel Alert

August 02, 2013

Travel Alert U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.  Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August.  This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2013.

Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.  Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services.  U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling.

We continue to work closely with other nations on the threat from international terrorism, including from al-Qa'ida.  Information is routinely shared between the U.S. and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

We recommend U.S. citizens register their travel plans with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens Traveling abroad enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Internet website at where the Worldwide CautionCountry Specific InformationTravel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. Download our free Smart Traveler app, available through  iTunes or Google Play, to have travel information at your fingertips. 

In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).

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  • Applications for U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and for notarial services at U.S. Embassy Riyadh are by appointment ONLY. Click here to make an appointment.


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