The U.S. State Department works with countries around the world to provide Americans traveling abroad with information about relevant events. An alert was released May 31, 2016 to alert U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe this summer.
During peak travel times there is a greater potential for major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation to be targets of terrorist attacks. This Travel Alert expires August 31, 2016.
Some upcoming large-scale events include:
- France is hosting the European Soccer Championship from June 10 – July 10. Euro Cup stadiums, fan zones, and unaffiliated entertainment venues broadcasting the tournaments in France and across Europe represent potential targets for terrorists, as do other large-scale sporting events and public gathering places throughout Europe.
- Tour de France cycling race which will be held from July 2- 24. France has extended its state of emergency through July 26 to cover the period of the soccer championship, as well as the race.
- The Catholic Church’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, between July 26 and July 31. This event is expected to draw up to 2.5 million visitors. Poland will impose border controls at all of its national borders from July 4 to August 2, and visitors to Poland during this period should be prepared to show their passport and undergo stricter security screening throughout Poland.
U.S. citizens should also:
- Exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.
- Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
- Monitor media and local event information sources and factor updated information into your travel plans and activities.
- Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
- Stay in touch with your family, have a plan if you are separated and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Note: Information and excerpts for this article were obtained from the U.S. State Department website.