Saudi Arabia security

This item appears on page 21 of the May 2009 issue.

Due to the continued presence of terrorist groups, there is an ongoing security threat in Saudi Arabia, according to the State Department.

Travelers are urged to avoid staying in hotels or housing compounds that do not apply stringent security measures and to be aware of their surroundings when visiting establishments frequented by Westerners. Americans are advised to keep a low profile; vary times and routes of travel; exercise caution while driving, entering or exiting vehicles, and ensure that travel documents are current.