Monthly Archives: November 2015

Travel Alert- Worldwide

download1.  The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.  This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016.

2. Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq.  Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.  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.

3.   U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation.  Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed places.  Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.  U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.  Persons with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country.  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 in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

4.  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.  We continue to work closely with our allies on the threat from international terrorism.  Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

5.  For further information:

Travel Alert-Burma

downloadThe State Department alerts U.S. citizens traveling to Burma of the upcoming elections scheduled for November 08, 2015.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation prior to, during, and after the election.  Travelers should be aware that they may experience disruptions or added inconveniences during the electoral period.  This Travel Alert expires on December 20, 2015.

You should maintain a high level of security awareness during the electoral period, and avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind. Instances of unrest can occur without warning, endangering bystanders.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.

Burmese authorities are likely to increase security throughout the country during the electoral period.  There is presently no reason to believe that U.S. citizens would be specifically targeted in the event of electoral violence.

For further information: