The State Department has issued a risk travel warning alert to all U.S. citizens due to the increasing threats from terrorist groups. The State Department has reason to believe that ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida, Boko Haram, and a couple of other terrorist groups are planning terrorist attacks throughout multiple regions and around the world.
Authorities believe that extremist will have capabilities of conducting terrorist attacks using conventional and nonconventional weapons and tactics throughout multiple regions. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services. In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali. ISIL (Da’esh) has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.
U.S. citizens traveling during the holidays should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation as well as monitor media sources to get information regarding travel alert warnings. Always be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places, if possible.
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.
Register on Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for up to date information.
Foreign governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and some have made official declarations regarding heightened threat conditions. Authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots and continue to work closely with allies on the threat from international terrorism. Belgium is currently on complete lockdown due to what they believe to be imminent danger threats.
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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). U.S. citizens traveling should exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.