US issues travel alert about visiting Europe

Published on : Tuesday, May 2, 2017

US issues travel alertAs the summer tourist season approaches, the State Department has issued a new travel alert across Europe because of the threat of terrorist attacks on the continent.

Incidentally, this is the fourth travel alert for Europe in the last year. There were only four months since March of 2016 when the State Department wasn’t advising Americans to be careful because of the threat of terrorist attacks in Europe. The most recent one went out last November, to encompass the Christmas holidays and skiing season, and expired in February.

The latest one cites incidents attributed to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in France, Russia, Sweden and Britain. It does not mention any specific intelligence suggesting the State Department believes an attack is about to happen, but expresses a general concern about the potential for more attacks.

U.S. citizens travelling to Europe are urged to check the websites of the U.S. embassies and consulates for security messages, keep in touch with friends and family so they know your whereabouts and check local media for updates at the destination. They also encourage people to register in the State Department’s Smart Traveller Enrollment Programme.

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One Response to US issues travel alert about visiting Europe

  1. The US is at it again. The US famously warned about an imminent terror attack in South Africa in early June 2016 (which never happened of course). Days later, 49 people were killed in a terror attack in Orlando, Florida. The US should warn its own citizens about their own country rather than issue travel warnings about other countries it has no clue about. When it comes to gun violence, I feel a lot safer in Europe than in the US.

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