Attention all Travelers!
In the wake of the attack on Brussels (claimed by ISIL) on March 22, and other recent terrorist attacks, the The State Department has issued an alert to U.S. citizens of potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.
Places to Avoid
A travel alert of this magnitude includes warning in both the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays. Avoid places such as:
- high-profile sporting events
- public transportation
- residential areas
- business offices
- places of worship
- public areas
- shopping malls
- other tourist destinations
Recent Terrorist Attacks
In the past year, major extremist attacks occurred in countries including Tunisia, France, Nigeria, Turkey, Egypt, and Mali.
Europe is a Target
The State Department reported the following on their website:
EUROPE: Credible information indicates terrorist groups such as ISIL and al-Qa’ida and its affiliates continue to plot near-term attacks in Europe. All European countries remain vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
European authorities continue to warn of the possibility of attacks conducted by lone individuals inspired by extremist organizations that could occur with little to no warning. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, aviation services, transportation systems, and public venues where people congregate. Authorities believe there is a high likelihood terror attacks in Europe will continue as European members of ISIL return from Syria and Iraq. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable.
Have a Plan
If you are traveling, or plan to soon, make sure you know where the U.S. Embassies are. Be sure to follow all instructions give by the authorities in the event of an emergency. Keep in touch with family members regularly so they know you are ok.
One last thing: Have a Plan! Peace of mind goes a long way to ensure enjoyable travel. Be sure you’ve considered how you’ll get home if you are injured due to a terrorist attack.