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EMERGENCY MESSAGE - October 13, 2011


October 13, 2011

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the potential for anti-U.S. actions following the disruption of a plot, linked to Iran, to commit a significant terrorist act in the United States.  This Travel Alert expires on January 11, 2012.

An Iranian-born U.S. citizen, working on behalf of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force - designated by the Treasury Department in 2007 for its support of terrorism - is suspected of conspiring to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States.  The U.S. government assesses that this Iranian-backed plan to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador may indicate a more aggressive focus by the Iranian Government on terrorist activity against diplomats from certain countries, to include possible attacks in the United States.

U.S. citizens residing and traveling abroad should review the Department's Worldwide Caution and other travel information when making decisions concerning their travel plans and activities while abroad. U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency. 

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. If you find yourself in an emergency involving the health and safety of an American citizen in the Monterrey Consular District (Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas or San Luis Potosi), please contact our American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at (81) 8047-3145 during regular office hours.

For emergency assistance outside regular office hours please contact our Duty Officer at (044) 81-8362-9126. For non-emergency services, we recommend visiting the Consulate's website first for information and then calling are ACS Unit if you are unable to locate the information or need further assistance.

U.S. citizens residing in or visiting the state of San Luis Potosi may also access many of our emergency and non-emergency services through the Consular Agency in San Luis Potosi.

The American Citizen Services Unit and Consular Agency are unable to provide information on visas for travel to the U.S. or assistance to Legal Permanent Residents ("green card holders"). U.S. citizens in other areas of Mexico should seek the assistance of the U.S. Embassy, Consulates or Consular Agencies located throughout the country.

James Moffitt
American Citizen Services
U.S. Consulate Monterrey - Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Consulate Phone: (81) 8047-3100
ACS Phone: (81) 8047-3145
After Hours ACS Emergency Cell Number: (81) 8362-9126
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