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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Regional Security Precautions

August 4, 2013

The Department of State has instructed certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates to close for days not previously scheduled as holidays in the period Monday, August 4 through Saturday, August 10. These Embassies and Consulates will continue to provide emergency American citizen services. As previously noted, the Department has been apprised of information that, out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations, indicates we should institute these precautionary steps. The current list of Temporary Post Closures and the text of the World Wide Travel Alert can be found at

The Department, when conditions warrant, takes steps like this to balance our continued operations with security and safety considerations. However, beyond this announcement we do not discuss specific threat information, security considerations or measures, or other steps we may be taking.

Please note, if you have an appointment at the Embassy on August 5 or 6, 2013 you will be contacted by Embassy staff to reschedule your appointment.