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Immigration and Nationality Law
|Travel Warnings Issued
In light of President George W. Bush's announcement of imminent military action against Iraq, the U.S. Department of State has issued travel warnings for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Kuwait and Syria. The State Department has ordered the departure of all family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait and the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria.
Due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks, the State Department has strongly urged all U.S. citizens to depart these regions. For those who decide to remain, the State Department encourages them to register at the consular section of the U.S. Embassy and enroll in the Embassy's warden system (emergency alert network) in order to obtain updated information on travel and security.
U.S. consular personnel in Israel, Kuwait and Syria are available to provide emergency information and services to American citizens. Moreover, the State Department has announced that some consular services for non-American citizens could be restricted, for example, suspending all but emergency visa operations.
Sections of the West Bank and Gaza have been declared closed military zones. The Government of Israel may deny entry at Ben Gurion Airport or at a land border to persons it believes might travel to "closed" areas in the West Bank or Gaza or to persons the Israeli authorities believe may sympathize with the Palestinian cause and are seeking to meet with Palestinian officials. In addition, the State Department has stated that dual Palestinian-American citizens may encounter difficulties entering and/or departing Israel, the West Bank and Gaza during times of Israeli closures. Americans who hold Palestinian ID numbers should consult the Embassy or Consulate for the most recent information before attempting to cross relevant borders. These restrictions can change frequently and without any advance notice.
For more information on the travel warnings to these countries, please visit the State Department's web site at http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html.
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