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Emergency Message 2011 - 4

Emergency Message 2011 - 4

Please circulate the following message without additions or omissions immediately to all U.S. citizens within your area of responsibility.

In connection with the Liberation Day and National Day celebrations in Kuwait February 25-27, the Embassy wishes to share with U.S. citizens the following information we have received on planned road closures:

  • Friday, February 25:  From 07:00 to noon the 6th Ring Road from the intersection with highway 60, heading north to the Parade site will be closed in both directions.
  • Friday, February 25:  Road #206 and the 6th Ring Road will be closed from the Palace to the Airport due to a reception at Bayan Palace.
  • Saturday, February 26: Due to a Parade, the Sixth Ring Road will be closed from early morning until the Parade concludes.
  • Friday, February 25 – Sunday February 27:  The Gulf Road will be closed on Friday and Saturday from the 2nd Ring Road to the Flag Square. You may wish to avoid Gulf Road as much as possible during the weekend due to heavy traffic.

Spontaneous and/or planned demonstrations take place in Kuwait from time to time in response to world events or local developments. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, as well as the Country Specific Information for Kuwait can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, 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).

If you are a U.S. citizen in need of emergency assistance in Kuwait, you may reach the U.S. Embassy by calling +965-2259-1001 and requesting the duty officer. 

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Kuwait are encouraged to enroll in the Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)"A Safe Trip Abroad". so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency. For additional information, please refer to

This message may be accessed on the Embassy website,

Please note that the Consular Section is closed for U.S. and most local holidays. The current holiday schedule for 2011 is posted on