US Embassy in Saudi Arabia working with authorities to evacuate citizens

The US Embassy in Saudi Arabia sent out a nationwide alert on Saturday morning advising American expatriates looking to return to their country on what steps to take.

The alert informed that the US mission would be working with Saudi authorities to arrange repatriation flights on a commercial airline. The airline itself as well as flight times and departure/arrival locations have yet to be confirmed.

Those interested will need enroll themselves in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service from the Bureau of Consular affairs, US Department of State, that allows US citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to register their trip.

The post went on to state that the embassy would inform all persons registered in the STEP system as soon as the flights were confirmed. The information would also be posted on the embassy website and on the official Twitter account of American Citizen Services, US Mission Saudi Arabia.

According to the mission website, citizens wishing to depart from Saudi Arabia on one of these flights would have to conduct all reservation and booking transactions directly with the airline and arrange for their own travel upon arriving in the United States.