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On 21 July 2016, the US Government warned that it had received reports of a potential imminent threat against its citizens in areas of Jeddah frequented by Westerners, such as markets, restaurants and shopping malls. You should exercise heightened caution at this time.

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The level of our advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Saudi Arabia.

Summary

  • We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Saudi Arabia due to the threat of terrorist attack.
  • If you do decide to travel to Saudi Arabia, you should be particularly vigilant and adopt appropriate security precautions. Monitor the media for developments which may affect your safety.
  • On 21 July 2016, the US Government warned that it had received reports of a potential imminent threat against its citizens in areas of Jeddah frequented by Westerners, such as markets, restaurants and shopping malls. You should exercise heightened caution at this time.
  • There has been a sharp increase in terrorist incidents in Saudi Arabia over the past year. Attacks have targeted both foreigners and local nationals, in particular the Shia minority and members of Saudi Arabia’s security forces.
  • Further attacks are likely, including the possibility of indiscriminate and opportunistic attacks against Westerners and venues frequented by Westerners. Large gatherings represent attractive targets for terrorists.
  • Terrorist tactics could include bombings or smaller-scale attacks such as drive-by shooting and kidnapping. See Safety and security.
  • On 4 July 2016, three bombings took place at three separate locations across Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, Al Qatif and Medina). Investigations into the bombings are ongoing.
  • Take particular caution in Eastern Province where numerous attacks have taken place. See Safety and security.
  • In response to recent security incidents, Saudi authorities have increased security at various locations throughout the country. Security at shopping malls and at the diplomatic compound in Riyadh has been significantly enhanced.
  • We advise you not to travel to within 30 kilometres of the border with Yemen because of ongoing sporadic cross-border attacks, including the use of rockets.
  • The annual death toll on Saudi roads is extremely high. An average of 19 people die on Saudi roads each day, one of the highest rates in the world. Take particular care when travelling by road.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.
    We strongly recommend that you:
    register your travel and contact details with us, so we can contact you in an emergency
    organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy
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