The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan. Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times. This Travel Alert expires August 1, 2011.
U.S. Embassy operations in affected areas will continue to the extent possible under the constraints of any evolving security situation. U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. Embassies and Consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Media coverage of local events may cause family and friends to become concerned for their loved ones traveling and residing abroad. We urge U.S. citizens to keep in regular contact with family and friends. U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), to receive the latest travel updates and information and to obtain updated information on travel and security issues. [...]
In case you haven’t seen it, there has been a flurry of press reports about Germany stepping up its counter-terrorism alert status.
Or you can read more about it in the Spiegel English article. This is in line with actions taken earlier by other European governments and underlines the continued importance of our October 3 travel alert. [...]
Most of you know by now that the State Department issued a Travel Alert for Europe to alert U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe. You can find the full text of this alert here:http://go.usa.gov/ari.
Do you know the different between a Travel Alert and a Travel Warning? We issue Travel Alerts, like this one, for short-term events we think you should know about when planning to travel to a country. When we want you to consider very carefully whether you should travel to a country at all, we issue a Travel Warning.
At this time, the most important thing for you to do is remain aware of the security situation while traveling or living within Europe. One great way for you to do this is to register with the State Department. That way, you’ll receive an email any time we have additional information about possible concerns or threats. To register today, click here:http://go.usa.gov/ar3.
The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated February 12, 2010, to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide. [...]