US alert over travel to Dhofar region



Muscat: The US Embassy has issued an alert for its citizens informing them that it has deferred all non-essential travel for US Embassy employees to the Dhofar region in Oman. The warning has been issued due to a reported security threat.

This limitation on travel comes into effect immediately, and will remain in place until January 1, 2014, unless new developments take place in the future in which case the latest consular message will be transmitted for American  citizens.

The US Embassy personnel based in the Dhofar area have been instructed to remain aware of their surroundings, to avoid large crowds, to keep changing their routes and time when travelling or commuting, and to continually assess their personal security habits.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Royal Oman Police by dialing 9999 from anywhere in Oman.

The embassy has advised US citizens to maintain valid travel documents and enrol with the Department of State through the Smart Traveller Enrolment Programme. By enrolling, US citizens make it easier for the embassy to contact them in case of any emergency.

The government has also advised that all US citizens travelling abroad should regularly monitor the US Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current worldwide caution, travel warnings, travel alerts, and country specific information can be found. The US citizens should also review 'A Safe Trip Abroad,' which includes valuable security information for both categories, those living and travelling abroad.

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