State Dept. updates Saudi Arabia travel warning August 18, 2004 Share 1 -- WASHINGTON -- The State Dept. updated its existing travel warning for Saudi Arabia, noting it has restricted State Dept. officers from bringing family members and other dependents to its post there due to security concerns. Additionally, the department noted that non-emergency employees and all dependents of the U.S. Embassy Riyadh and Consulates General Jeddah and Dhahran, who were ordered to leave the country on April 15, are not permitted to return until further notice.Due to targeted attacks against American citizens, resulting in deaths, injuries and kidnapping, and the continuing serious threat to their safety while in Saudi Arabia, the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer travel to Saudi Arabia, the department said.To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Michael Milligan at firstname.lastname@example.org.