Near East

Iraq: Implications of Scheduled Kurdish Referendum
Iraqi Kurdistan is planning for a referendum on September 25 to vote for independence in exchange for financial and political compromises with…

Hajj 2017: A Safety & Security Guide
The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Completing the Hajj is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims, to be…

Consular Affairs Bulletins

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Baghdad (Iraq), Iraqi Kurdistan Region Referendum
U.S. Embassy Baghdad cautions U.S. citizens in Iraq that there may be unrest if the Kurdistan Regional government carries out an independence…

Message for U.S. Citizens: Muscat (Oman), U.S. Embassy Name and Logo Being Used in…
The U.S. Embassy has been made aware of a potential scam involving individuals purporting to represent the Embassy by soliciting purchase orders for…

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Beirut (Lebanon), Casino Travel Restriction
Due to ongoing threats to locations such as the Casino Du Liban in Jounieh, Lebanon, the US Embassy in Beirut has barred any movement of US…