US Embassy: Security Message for US Citizens
KUWAIT: The United States embassy in Kuwait sent the following message to US citizens in Kuwait:
The following Worldwide Travel Alert was distributed by the State Department on 23 November, 2015. The US Embassy in Kuwait is forwarding the message to ensure all STEP registrants in Kuwait are aware of its contents. This message is separate and distinct from the Worldwide Caution issued 29 July, 2015.
The State Department alerts US citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that IS (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016.
Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of IS/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services. In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali. IS/Da’esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.
US citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. US citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Persons with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. US citizens should: * Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. * Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions. * Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency. * Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
Foreign governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and some have made official declarations regarding heightened threat conditions. Authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots. We continue to work closely with our allies on the threat from international terrorism. Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Kuwait Country Specific Information.
We strongly recommend that US citizens traveling to or residing in Kuwait 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 nearest US embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest US embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Kuwait Country Specific Information. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.
Contact the US embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except US federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. to have travel information at your fingertips.
The US Embassy in Kuwait is located at Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Street, Block 6, Plot 14, Bayan, Kuwait, at +965-22591001. After-hours emergency number for US citizens is +965-2259-1001.