As we approach Qatar National Day December 18 and the holiday season, the U.S. Embassy in Qatar advises all U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance. Terrorist attacks, political violence, criminal activities and other security incidents often take place without any warning. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad. While COVID-19 may limit the availability of certain targets of opportunity during this holiday season, extremists could adjust their plotting and planning and make target selections based on local restrictions. While Qatar has a well-deserved reputation of being a safe place to live and work, observing precautions will mitigate hazards to your personal safety in the unlikely event an incident occurs.
The Department of State urges travelers to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and to make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these security messages to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Doha at +974 4496 6000 or call the following numbers: +1 (888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or +1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries.
Actions to Take
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Save the contact information for the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar, located at 22 February Street, Al Luqta District, Doha, at ACSDoha@state.gov. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +974 4496 6000.
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