U.S. State Department Issues Europe Travel Alert

by Adam Leposa |

Just ahead of a busy holiday travel season, the U.S. State Department has issued a new travel alert for U.S.citizens, citing a heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. The alert indicates U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets. It expires February 20, 2017.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe, with a focus on the upcoming holiday season and associated events, the State Department said. U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility that extremist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks during this period.

The State Department advises citizens to exercise vigilance when attending large holiday events, visiting tourist sites, using public transportation, and frequenting places of worship, restaurants and hotels. Citizens should also review security information from local officials, as well as follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media and information sources. Travelers are also advised to be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions, stay in touch with family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency, have an emergency plan of action, and register for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

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