WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – The U.S. State Department is warning travelers and U.S. citizens about possible terrorist attacks in Europe during the holiday season.
The State Department says there is credible information that ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and their affiliates are continuing to plan terrorist attacks in Europe, with a focus on the upcoming holiday season and associated events.
U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets.
Terrorists may conduct attacks with little or no warning who the State Department says may use both conventional and non-conventional weapons.
Anyone traveling between countries in Europe is advised to check the website of the U.S. Embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages.
U.S. citizens should:
- Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
- Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
- Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
- Have an emergency plan of action ready.
- Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
For further information:
- See the Department of State’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.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
The travel advisory expires on February 20, 2017.