ATTENTION TRAVELERS TO USA: All personal electronic devices (PEDs) larger than a cell phone or smart phone be placed in checked baggage


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in consultation with relevant Departments and Agencies, has determined it is prudent to enhance security, to include airport security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States. These enhancements include more stringent measures applied to 10 specific airports, to include several in the Gulf with direct flights to the United States including: Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), U.A.E; Hamad International Airport (DOH), Qatar; Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Kuwait; and King Khaled International Airport (RUH) and King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED), Saudi Arabia.

 

The enhancement in security will require that all personal electronic devices (PEDs) larger than a cell phone or smart phone be placed in checked baggage.  Approved medical devices may be brought into the cabin after additional screening.

 

Airlines were notified on March 21 at 08:00 EDT.  They have 96 hours within which to comply.  For more information on these security enhancements, please contact your air carrier or visit the Department of Homeland Security website.

 

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We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Oman enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Oman. For additional information on safe travel, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook  to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Muscat is located at Jameat A’Duwal Al Arabiya Street in the diplomatic area of Shatti al Qurum in the capital city of Muscat; the mailing address is Consular Section, P.O. Box 202, Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos 115, Sultanate of Oman.  American Citizens Services are available by appointment; to schedule an appointment, please visit our website. When visiting the embassy, please bring two forms of government-issued identification with photographs, as you will need to leave one with the security guards while inside the building.

 

If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +968 2464-3400.  For After Hours Emergency, please call Tel: +968 2464-3400 and ask to speak to the duty officer.

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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