Worldwide Travel alert issued

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  • U.S. State Department
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa'ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. The Travel Alert expires on Feb. 24.

Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL return from Syria and Iraq. There's a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis. 

Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets and aviation services. U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. 

Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded 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. 

Those 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.

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. 

Information is routinely shared between the United States and key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

- Courtesy U.S. State Department