Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways Continues to Operate Flights to United States through June 30

May 27, 2020 Qatar Airways will continue to operate outbound flights from Kuwait to Doha with connections to select U.S. cities through June 30.  For the most updated information and reservations, please visit  qatarairways.com. All other flight announcements will be sent to  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  registrants, posted on the  Embassy website , and amplified by the Embassy’s social media platforms. Reminder: …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting from Kuwait during COVID-19

April 30, 2020 As a result of COVID-19, many changes are occurring in the election community.  The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is working closely with partners at state and local election offices to provide assistance for voters experiencing international mail disruptions, shifting election dates, and other potential effects on the 2020 election cycle related …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Gulf Air to Begin Flights to London on May 12

April 29, 2020 Gulf Air will operate multiple flights from Kuwait to London (Heathrow Airport) via Bahrain starting on May 12.  The cost of a one-way ticket starts at KD 86.150. Only one-way tickets are available.  Heathrow Airport is currently operational with onward flight connections to multiple U.S. destinations.  Passengers will be responsible for all …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Deadline to Express Interest in Possible Kuwait Airways Flight to New York City

April 28, 2020 As a reminder, Kuwait Airways is gauging interest in a commercial flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents later this week to New York City (JFK International Airport).  The cost of the flight will be similar to the previous Kuwait Airways flight to the United States, which was approximately KD …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Kuwait Airways Flight to New York City Later this Week

April 27, 2020 Kuwait Airways is gauging interest in a commercial flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents later this week to New York City (JFK International Airport).  The cost of the flight will be similar to the previous Kuwait Airways flight to the United States, which was approximately KD 300 per ticket.  …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Amnesty for U.S. Citizen Residency Violators Begins This Week

April 26, 2020 As a reminder, Ministerial Decision 288 gives foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, who do not have a residence permit or whose residency expired on or before March 1, 2020 the option to depart Kuwait before April 30, 2020 without paying overstay fines.  This amnesty offer for residency violators also includes a flight …

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April 22, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways Flight Schedule Based on Passenger Demand

April 22, 2020 As a reminder, Qatar Airways continues to offer regular, one-way flights from Kuwait to Doha with connections to select U.S. cities: Dallas (Fort Worth International Airport), Chicago (O’Hare International Airport), and Washington, DC (Dulles International Airport).  Passengers will be responsible for all costs and onward travel arrangements from the above cities (lodging, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Extended Government Closure and Curfew Hours During Ramadan

April 21, 2020 On April 20, the Government of Kuwait extended the government closure, which includes all non-emergency government offices, at least through Thursday, May 28, unless otherwise notified. During the month of Ramadan, the nationwide curfew hours will be extended from 4:00pm until 8:00am.  These extended hours are set to begin on Friday, April …

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April 20, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Qatar Airways Flight Schedule; Special Kuwait Airways flights to London Tomorrow

April 20, 2020 Kuwait International Airport has re-opened to allow airlines to operate outbound flights only.  If interested in returning to the United States, please see current flight options from Kuwait below.  Please be aware that only one-way tickets are available. All passengers, including minors, are required to wear a mask and gloves upon arrival …

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April 19, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Information on the IRS Economic Impact Payment

April 19, 2020 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is taking steps to help American taxpayers during the global COVID-19 pandemic.  U.S. citizens living in Kuwait may qualify for the Economic Impact Payment program.  Please visit the IRS  Economic Impact Payments website for updated information regarding these payments and other tax information.  The U.S. Embassy cannot answer tax or impact …

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April 16, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Kuwait Tourist Visas and Residencies Extended Until May 31

April 16, 2020 The Kuwait Ministry of Interior has automatically extended all tourist visas and residencies until May 31, 2020.  This extension applies to individuals in Kuwait whose visitor visa expired or will expire between March 1 and May 30.  No action needs to be taken for the extension to be applied.  For more information, …

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April 15, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Lufthansa Flight to Newark and Chicago Confirmed; Qatar Airways Begins Daily Flights

April 15, 2020 Kuwait International Airport has re-opened to allow airlines to operate outbound flights only.  U.S. citizens intending to return to the United States are encouraged to take advantage of the current flight options available below or be prepared to remain in Kuwait for an indefinite period of time until the airport fully reopens …

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April 14, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Kuwait International Airport Reopens for Outbound Flights Only

April 14, 2020 Kuwait International Airport has re-opened to allow airlines to operate outbound flights only.  U.S. citizens intending to return to the United States are encouraged to take advantage of the current flight options available below or be prepared to remain in Kuwait for an indefinite period of time until the airport reopens to …

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April 13, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Seats Still Available on Flights Departing Kuwait this Week

April 13, 2020 The government of Kuwait has announced that airlines are now able to only operate outbound flights from Kuwait International Airport.  U.S. citizens intending to return to the United States are encouraged to take advantage of the current flight options available below or be prepared to stay in Kuwait for an indefinite period …

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COVID-19 Information

(Updated May 31, 2020)  Flights Departing Kuwait:   Qatar Airways is operating outbound flights from Kuwait to Doha (Hamad International Airport) with connections to select U.S. cities until June 30. These one-way flights are available for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).  For updated information and reservations, please visit Qatar Airways . All passengers, including minors, …

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April 10, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Food and Basic Necessities Available for Residents in Neighborhoods Under Lockdown

April 10, 2020:  Message for U.S. Citizens: Food and Basic Necessities Available for Residents in Neighborhoods Under Lockdown April 10, 2020 The government of Kuwait has imposed a complete, two-week lockdown on the areas of Mahboula and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh since April 6. The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait has been informed of food, water, and basic necessities being …

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April 10, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Space Remains Available on April 14 Qatar Airways Flight to Dallas

April 10, 2020:  Message for U.S. Citizens: Space Remains Available on April 14 Qatar Airways Flight to Dallas April 10, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has been informed of that seats for U.S. citizens are still available on the commercial Qatar Airways flight departing Kuwait International Airport on Tuesday, April 14 at 3:00pm to Dallas, Texas (DFW International …

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April 10, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Commercial Flights Departing Kuwait to Frankfurt and United States Next Week

April 10, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Commercial Flights Departing Kuwait to Frankfurt and United States Next Week April 10, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has been informed of two commercial flights departing Kuwait next week: Jazeera Airways flight to Frankfurt: April 15 A Jazeera Airways flight with limited seat availability for U.S. citizens will be …

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April 9, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Second Jazeera Airways Flight from Kuwait to Frankfurt Under Consideration

April 9, 2020 Thank you to those who expressed interest in the April 10 Jazeera Airways flight from Kuwait to Frankfurt.  We apologize if you were not able to purchase a ticket given the limited seat availability. The Embassy is gauging interest in a second Jazeera Airways flight for U.S. citizens departing Kuwait within the …

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April 8, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Commercial Flight Departing Kuwait to Dallas, TX on Tuesday, April 14

April 8, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has been informed of a commercial Qatar Airways flight that has limited seat availability for U.S. citizens departing Kuwait International Airport on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 3:00pm to Dallas, Texas (DFW International Airport) with an overnight stop in Doha. The cost of a one-way economy class ticket from …

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April 8, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Charter Flight Departing Kuwait to Frankfurt on Friday, April 10

April 8, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has been informed of a charter Jazeera Airways flight that has limited seat availability for U.S. citizens departing Kuwait International Airport this Friday, April 10, 2020 at 9:15am to Frankfurt, Germany (Frankfurt Airport). The arrival time in Frankfurt will be 2:00pm.  The cost of a one-way ticket from Kuwait …

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April 6, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Deadline to Express Interest in Possible Qatar Airways Flight to Washington, DC and/or Dallas, TX

April 6, 2020 The Embassy has been informed that Qatar Airways is considering a commercial flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents departing Kuwait International Airport within the next two weeks to Washington, DC (Dulles International Airport) and/or Dallas, TX (DFW International Airport), with an overnight stop in Doha. Thank you to those who …

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April 5, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Qatar Airways Flight from Kuwait to Washington, DC and/or Dallas, TX

April 5, 2020 The Embassy has been informed that Qatar Airways is considering a commercial flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents departing Kuwait International Airport within the next two weeks to Washington, DC (Dulles International Airport) and/or Dallas, TX (DFW International Airport), with an overnight stop in Doha. We do not yet know …

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April 1, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Monitoring Official Media for Kuwait’s Current Curfew Restrictions

April 1, 2020 The Government of Kuwait’s curfew from 5:00pm to 4:00am remains in place until further notice. People who are found in violation of the curfew order will be imprisoned for up to three years and fined 10,000 KD. Foreign nationals found in violation of the curfew order also risk deportation. Please continue to …

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March 31, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Kuwait Ministerial Decision 288 Regarding Foreign Nationals in Kuwait Without Residence Permits

March 31, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait is aware of Ministerial Decision 288 dated March 26, 2020 that gives the option to foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, who do not have a residence permit or whose residency has expired, to depart Kuwait between April 1 and April 30, 2020 without paying a fine.  The Embassy is aware …

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March 30, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Ambassador Alina L. Romanowski: Together, We Will Defeat COVID-19

The entire video can be found at https://kw.usembassy.gov/ — Hello everyone. I am Alina L. Romanowski, the United States Ambassador to Kuwait. I want American citizens in Kuwait and the general public to know how the U.S. government and the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait are responding to the outbreak of COVID-19. I commend the Kuwaiti government …

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March 29, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Information on Possible Flights to the United States

March 29, 2020 A commercial Kuwait Airways flight for U.S. citizens departed Kuwait International Airport on Friday, March 27, 2020 to New York City (JFK International Airport). The Embassy is working with airlines to potentially arrange additional flights to the United States. Announcements about possible flights will be sent to all STEP registrants, posted on …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Commercial Flight Leaving Kuwait on Friday, March 27

The U.S. Embassy has been informed of a commercial Kuwait Airways flight for U.S. citizens departing Kuwait International Airport on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:00am to New York City (JFK International Airport). The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait is working with airlines to potentially arrange additional flights to the United States, but this is currently …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location:  Kuwait Event:   On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Health Advisory – Level 4 advising U.S. citizens, including those who live abroad, to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. The Government of Kuwait has reported more than 185 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  …

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Global Travel Advisory Level 4 – Do Not Travel

CA Press Guidance March 19, 2020 Global Travel Advisory Level 4 – Do Not Travel On March 19, the U.S. Department of State advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.   In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States …

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Coronavirus: U.S. in Action

By Dave Reynolds – Mar 10, 2020 The U.S. has deployed a “whole-of-America approach” to protect citizens against the coronavirus, with federal, state and local governments, as well as private businesses, banding together to fight the disease, Vice President Pence said. President Trump on March 6 signed into law  $8.3 billion in federal funding  to bolster federal and state governments’ collaborative approach …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location:  Kuwait Event: The government of Kuwait has reported more than 110 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Kuwait International Airport has been closed since 11:59pm on March 13 until further notice to all commercial flights except for arriving Kuwaiti citizens and their immediate family members who are traveling with them.  Cargo air traffic will continue …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location:  Kuwait Event:  The Government of Kuwait (GOK) has reported more than seventy confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  The Kuwait International Airport will close beginning at 11:59PM Friday, March 13 until further notice to all commercial flights except for arriving Kuwaiti citizens and their immediate family members who are traveling with them.  Cargo air …

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Novel Coronavirus Health Message – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.  No cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus have been identified in Kuwait as of February 5.  The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait will continue to monitor the situation in Kuwait closely. The  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) …

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Health Alert – Suspension Of Entry Into The United States Of Foreign Nationals Who Pose A Risk Of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation.  If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait (January 3, 2020) 

Location: Kuwait, countrywide Event: Heightened Tensions in the Region The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait is aware of heightened security tensions in the region.  Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy is increasing its security posture. The Embassy will remain open during regular business hours for visa and American Citizen Services appointments, including passport issuance. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

December 16, 2019 Location: Kuwait City, Fahaheel and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh areas Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait advises U.S. citizens to take care when approached by persons claiming to be police officers. Two recent incidents have been reported to the Embassy’s Regional Security Office. In one incident, an individual walking was stopped and robbed by …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location: Kuwait City, downtown, Al-Erada Square Event: Demonstration expected to take place on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00PM at Al-Erada Square (across from the Kuwait National Assembly).  An estimated 200 people are expected at this Ministry of Interior-authorized demonstration. Traffic flow will likely be affected in and around the demonstration area, and police/security force presence …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Tax Webinar Series

U.S. Embassy Kuwait Monday, May 27, 2019 In June 2019, the IRS will be hosting a series of webinars to assist U.S. taxpayers living abroad with their tax filing requirements. Details for the upcoming webinars can be found by accessing the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/webinars-for-tax-practitioners Of particular interest to U.S. taxpayers in Kuwait may be a webinar …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Cessation of Issuance of Residence Permit Stickers

Starting March 10, 2019, Kuwaiti authorities will no longer issue residence permit stickers in passports for new and current residents of Kuwait. When applying for a new or renewal residence, Kuwaiti authorities will issue residents a newly-formatted civil identification card to replace the function of the residence permit sticker. After receiving a new civil identification …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location: Kuwait, countrywide  Event: Kuwait National and Liberation Days – February 25 & 26 The Kuwait National and Liberation Day holidays will be Monday, February 25, and Tuesday, February 26. U.S. citizens should expect festive celebrations, large crowds, and heavy traffic congestion in downtown and waterfront areas. There will be particularly heavy vehicular congestion and …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait, November 15, 2018

Location: Kuwait City Event: Rains are expected to cause flooding in parts of Kuwait.  Please monitor the Ministry of Interior’s website and KUNA ( kuna.net.kw ) for updated information on flooded areas and road closures as they are announced. Routine consular services will be suspended for Thursday, November 15th.  Emergency services for U.S. citizens are available via our contact …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait, November 14, 2018

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait, November 14, 2018 Location: Kuwait City Event: Rains are expected to cause flooding in parts of Kuwait.  Please monitor the Ministry of Interior’s website and KUNA ( kuna.net.kw ) for updated information on flooded areas and road closures as they are announced. Routine consular services are cancelled for this afternoon.  Emergency services for U.S. …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location: Highways, Capital area, Hawally, Al-Farwaniya, East Ahmadi, Kuwait City Event: Rains have caused heavy and widespread flooding in several parts of Kuwait. The Ministry of Interior issued a statement warning people to stay off flooded roads and to avoid traveling in or to flooded areas except in emergencies due to the extreme weather and …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

U.S. Embassy Kuwait January 7, 2018 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.   U.S. Embassy Kuwait reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder for U.S. Citizens

Friday, October 27, 2017 As noted in our  Worldwide Caution , terrorist groups remain intent on targeting U.S. citizens, our allies, and our interests.  The U.S. Government remains highly concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens, government facilities, businesses, places of worship, and perceived U.S. and Western interests in the region and worldwide. While we are not …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update to Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March …

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SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: Personal Security for U.S. citizens during the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan

As noted in our Worldwide Caution , terrorist groups remain intent on targeting U.S. citizens, our allies, and our interests.  Terrorist groups have launched attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the past.  The U.S. government remains highly concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses, places of worship, and perceived U.S. and western …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstration

U.S. Embassy Kuwait Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstration 20-APRIL-2017 The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait informs U.S. citizens that localized demonstrations are expected to take place in the Al-Andalous area in the Farwaniya Governorate beginning Friday morning on April 21, 2017.  These localized demonstrations may produce crowds. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Aviation Security Enhancement

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in consultation with relevant Departments and Agencies, has determined it is prudent to enhance security, to include airport security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.  These enhancements include more stringent measures applied to 10 specific airports, to include Kuwait International Airport. The …

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Worldwide Caution – Security Notice for U.S. Citizens 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September …

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