State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert Through Feb. 2016

The U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 citing recent incidents in Paris and Mali, as well as intelligence that suggests various terrorist organizations are planning attacks.

Travel Alert Details for U.S. Citizens:

  • Be alert and vigilant when in public place; be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid large crowds or crowded areas.
  • Be cautious using public transportation.
  • Exercise extra caution during the holidays and during holiday festivals and events.
  • Monitor local sources and media for any information that may affect your travel plans.
  • If you have specific safety concerns, report them to local authorities whether home or abroad.
  • Stay in touch with family members and/or friends. Establish a plan as to how you can be reached in the event of an emergency.
  • Plan extra travel time as you may encounter disruptions, delays and/or additional screenings.

The approaching holiday season in the U.S. Is the busiest time of the year for travel, both within the country and abroad. Travelers may be caught off-guard if they don’t heed the suggested precautions and remain abreast of developments of terrorist activity and threats.

In addition to major terrorist organizations such as Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS), the State Department has information that there are ongoing threats from individuals not affiliated with any of the major terror organizations but who may act on their own.

There have been threats of violence/attack ranging from theaters to major sporting events, festivals and aviation services.


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