Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Credible Threat to Erbil City

The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil would like to notify U.S. citizens of credible threat reporting specific to public places in Erbil, Iraq. As a result, all off-compound movements of U.S. government personnel under the Chief of Mission at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil will be limited on Friday, July 31, 2015 and Saturday, August 1, 2015. As a precaution, the Consulate General’s Regional Security Office (RSO) is requesting additional Kurdish Security Forces be temporarily deployed in and around the Consulate neighborhood. This restriction does not impact visitor access or meetings on the Consulate compound.

The Consulate General’s Regional Security Office (RSO) recommends that all U.S. citizens maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate measures to enhance their personal security at all times when living and working in Iraq. Vary your routes and times of travel; be alert at all times; and if you are traveling with security elements, ensure they are aware that surveillance activities may be occurring.

Please review the “Iraq Travel Warning” posted on the U.S. State Department’s website, and remember that U.S. citizens remain at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence in Iraq. Please also see review the most recent Worldwide Caution.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Iraq Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, located on Al-Kindi Street, International Zone, Baghdad, at 0770 443-1286 (+964 770-443-1286 from outside Iraq) 24 hours a day to report an emergency, and 0760-030-4400 (+964 760-030-4400) for pre-recorded information regarding services for U.S. citizens. To contact the U.S. Consulate in Erbil please dial 066-211-4000 (from Iraq) or 240-264-3467 (form the United States).
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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