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Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

Emergency Message for the U.S. Community in Iraq

April 4, 2014

U.S. Embassy Baghdad

Warning regarding Baghdad International Airport

Due to specific threat information, U.S. government and U.S. Embassy-affiliated personnel have been prohibited from using the Baghdad International Airport through April 8, 2014. Out of an abundance of caution, U.S. citizens are warned to avoid traveling through Baghdad International Airport. If you have an emergency, please call the American Citizen Services emergency line at 0760-030-4888 or 0770-443-1286.

The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens in all areas of Iraq, including the IZ, maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate measures to enhance personal and operational security at this time. U.S. citizens are advised to keep a low profile; vary days, times, and routes of travel; and exercise caution while driving and entering or exiting vehicles.

U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart
Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

U.S. citizens may contact the U.S. Embassy, located in the IZ, via e-mail to BaghdadACS@state.gov. In the event of a U.S. citizen emergency please contact: 0770-443-1286 (from Iraq) or 011-964-770-443-1286 (from the United States).

U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. 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 U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review Traveler's Checklist which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain the latest information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).