Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Alert – Europe

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.  Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.  Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.  Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals and events.

U. S. citizens should also:

– Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
– 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).

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots.  We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide Caution, Taiwan Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.  Follow us on the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes or Google Play to have travel information at your fingertips.

All U.S. citizens in Taiwan are urged to enroll online at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) via the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website.  Registering gives U.S citizens access to updated information on travel and security within Taiwan and makes it easier for AIT to contact citizens in case of emergency.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the American Institute in Taiwan.  The location of the AIT Taipei office is No. 7, Lane 134, Sec. 3, XinYi Road, Da-an District, Taipei City 10659; telephone (02) 2162-2000; fax (02) 2162-2239; email; after hours emergency (02)2162-2000.  The location of the AIT Kaohsiung office is 5thFloor, No. 88, Chenggong 2nd Rd, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City 80661; telephone (07) 335-5006; fax (07) 338-0551; email; after hours emergency (02) 2162-2000.