Security: US State Department issues Worldwide Travel Alerts Nov. 23 warning of possible travel risks due to increased terror threats. No specific attack target provided.

Travel Alerts have been released for the following regions:


North America

This alert began 24 Nov 2015 23:46 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

Summary
The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for its citizens Nov. 23. The alert warns of the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats, citing a growing threat from such organizations as the Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others. At this time, there is no credible indication that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages; the alert calls upon people to remain vigilant in public spaces, including on public transportation, and avoid large gatherings or crowded areas.

Background and Analysis
The State Department almost certainly issued the alert in response to highly publicized videos recently released by IS, as well as the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The alarmist videos contain repurposed propaganda material issued after earlier terror attacks in the Middle East, and directly threaten Washington, DC and New York City, likely in a bid to capitalize on the Paris attacks. While the videos have garnered significant media attention, officials have emphatically stated that they contain no new, actionable threat information. Authorities have urged the public to go about their normal routines, but to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. The chances of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack remain very low; increased awareness and common sense are among the best remedies to reduce one's exposure in the face of an amorphous threat such as this. The same advice can apply to travelers or citizens of any Western country, as terrorist organizations often make no distinction among them.

Many major Western cities increased security immediately after the Paris attacks. Heightened security, combined with elevated vigilance, will result in greater numbers of police operations and hoax terror alerts. Security in some non-Western cities may be less stringent, but it is vital that foreigners remain on alert, especially as travelers and expatriates tend to stand out among the local populace; though the US and other Western governments work with local governments when possible to guard against potential terrorist threats, the value of hypervigilance while traveling cannot be overstated.

Some precautions that people should take include the following:

  • Be nonconfrontational, and heed the instructions of local authorities
  • Keep in touch with your diplomatic mission and family members
  • Give a trusted contact a copy of your itinerary; trust only close contacts and family members with personal details
  • Carry important travel documents with you at all times, but keep copies in a safe location, so that they can be easily replaced if needed
  • Vary routes and commute patterns
  • Remain alert for suspicious packages and/or people
  • Remain extremely vigilant in crowded areas
  • Expect greatly enhanced security at transportation hubs, tourist sites, large shopping areas, and sporting events
  • Allow additional time to reach destinations as a result of heightened security

Resource
Worldwide Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-travel-alert.html

Related Advice: General guidelines to protect yourself against terrorism.

 


Europe

This alert began 24 Nov 2015 22:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

Summary
The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for its citizens Nov. 23. The alert warns of the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats, citing a growing threat from such organizations as the Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others. At this time, there is no credible indication that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages; the alert calls upon people to remain vigilant in public spaces, including on public transportation, and avoid large gatherings or crowded areas.

Background and Analysis
The State Department almost certainly issued the alert in response to highly publicized videos recently released by IS, as well as the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The alarmist videos contain repurposed propaganda material issued after earlier terror attacks in the Middle East, and directly threaten Washington, DC and New York City, likely in a bid to capitalize on the Paris attacks. While the videos have garnered significant media attention, officials have emphatically stated that they contain no new, actionable threat information. Authorities have urged the public to go about their normal routines, but to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. The chances of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack remain very low; increased awareness and common sense are among the best remedies to reduce one's exposure in the face of an amorphous threat such as this. The same advice can apply to travelers or citizens of any Western country, as terrorist organizations often make no distinction among them.

Many major Western cities increased security immediately after the Paris attacks. Heightened security, combined with elevated vigilance, will result in greater numbers of police operations and hoax terror alerts. Security in some non-Western cities may be less stringent, but it is vital that foreigners remain on alert, especially as travelers and expatriates tend to stand out among the local populace; though the US and other Western governments work with local governments when possible to guard against potential terrorist threats, the value of hypervigilance while traveling cannot be overstated.

Some precautions that people should take include the following:

  • Be nonconfrontational, and heed the instructions of local authorities
  • Keep in touch with your diplomatic mission and family members
  • Give a trusted contact a copy of your itinerary; trust only close contacts and family members with personal details
  • Carry important travel documents with you at all times, but keep copies in a safe location, so that they can be easily replaced if needed
  • Vary routes and commute patterns
  • Remain alert for suspicious packages and/or people
  • Remain extremely vigilant in crowded areas
  • Expect greatly enhanced security at transportation hubs, tourist sites, large shopping areas, and sporting events
  • Allow additional time to reach destinations as a result of heightened security

Resource
Worldwide Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-travel-alert.html

Related Advice: General guidelines to protect yourself against terrorism.


Central/South America

This alert began 24 Nov 2015 20:16 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

Summary
The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for its citizens Nov. 23. The alert warns of the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats, citing a growing threat from such organizations as the Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others. At this time, there is no credible indication that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages; the alert calls upon people to remain vigilant in public spaces, including on public transportation, and avoid large gatherings or crowded areas.

Background and Analysis
The State Department almost certainly issued the alert in response to highly publicized videos recently released by IS, as well as the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The alarmist videos contain repurposed propaganda material issued after earlier terror attacks in the Middle East, and directly threaten Washington, DC and New York City, likely in a bid to capitalize on the Paris attacks. While the videos have garnered significant media attention, officials have emphatically stated that they contain no new, actionable threat information. Authorities have urged the public to go about their normal routines, but to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. The chances of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack remain very low; increased awareness and common sense are among the best remedies to reduce one's exposure in the face of an amorphous threat such as this. The same advice can apply to travelers or citizens of any Western country, as terrorist organizations often make no distinction among them.

Many major Western cities increased security immediately after the Paris attacks. Heightened security, combined with elevated vigilance, will result in greater numbers of police operations and hoax terror alerts. Security in some non-Western cities may be less stringent, but it is vital that foreigners remain on alert, especially as travelers and expatriates tend to stand out among the local populace; though the US and other Western governments work with local governments when possible to guard against potential terrorist threats, the value of hypervigilance while traveling cannot be overstated.

Some precautions that people should take include the following:

  • Be nonconfrontational, and heed the instructions of local authorities
  • Keep in touch with your diplomatic mission and family members
  • Give a trusted contact a copy of your itinerary; trust only close contacts and family members with personal details
  • Carry important travel documents with you at all times, but keep copies in a safe location, so that they can be easily replaced if needed
  • Vary routes and commute patterns
  • Remain alert for suspicious packages and/or people
  • Remain extremely vigilant in crowded areas
  • Expect greatly enhanced security at transportation hubs, tourist sites, large shopping areas, and sporting events
  • Allow additional time to reach destinations as a result of heightened security

Resource
Worldwide Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-travel-alert.html

Related Advice: General guidelines to protect yourself against terrorism.


Africa

This alert began 24 Nov 2015 19:27 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

Summary
The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for its citizens Nov. 23. The alert warns of the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats, citing a growing threat from such organizations as the Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others. At this time, there is no credible indication that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages; the alert calls upon people to remain vigilant in public spaces, including on public transportation, and avoid large gatherings or crowded areas.

Background and Analysis
The State Department almost certainly issued the alert in response to highly publicized videos recently released by IS, as well as the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The alarmist videos contain repurposed propaganda material issued after earlier terror attacks in the Middle East, and directly threaten Washington, DC and New York City, likely in a bid to capitalize on the Paris attacks. While the videos have garnered significant media attention, officials have emphatically stated that they contain no new, actionable threat information. Authorities have urged the public to go about their normal routines, but to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. The chances of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack remain very low; increased awareness and common sense are among the best remedies to reduce one's exposure in the face of an amorphous threat such as this. The same advice can apply to travelers or citizens of any Western country, as terrorist organizations often make no distinction among them.

Many major Western cities increased security immediately after the Paris attacks. Heightened security, combined with elevated vigilance, will result in greater numbers of police operations and hoax terror alerts. Security in some non-Western cities may be less stringent, but it is vital that foreigners remain on alert, especially as travelers and expatriates tend to stand out among the local populace; though the US and other Western governments work with local governments when possible to guard against potential terrorist threats, the value of hypervigilance while traveling cannot be overstated.

Some precautions that people should take include the following:

  • Be nonconfrontational, and heed the instructions of local authorities
  • Keep in touch with your diplomatic mission and family members
  • Give a trusted contact a copy of your itinerary; trust only close contacts and family members with personal details
  • Carry important travel documents with you at all times, but keep copies in a safe location, so that they can be easily replaced if needed
  • Vary routes and commute patterns
  • Remain alert for suspicious packages and/or people
  • Remain extremely vigilant in crowded areas
  • Expect greatly enhanced security at transportation hubs, tourist sites, large shopping areas, and sporting events
  • Allow additional time to reach destinations as a result of heightened security

Resource
Worldwide Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-travel-alert.html

Related Advice: General guidelines to protect yourself against terrorism.


Middle East/North Africa

This alert began 24 Nov 2015 19:02 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

Summary
The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for its citizens Nov. 23. The alert warns of the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats, citing a growing threat from such organizations as the Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others. At this time, there is no credible indication that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages; the alert calls upon people to remain vigilant in public spaces, including on public transportation, and avoid large gatherings or crowded areas.

Background and Analysis
The State Department almost certainly issued the alert in response to highly publicized videos recently released by IS, as well as the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The alarmist videos contain repurposed propaganda material issued after earlier terror attacks in the Middle East, and directly threaten Washington, DC and New York City, likely in a bid to capitalize on the Paris attacks. While the videos have garnered significant media attention, officials have emphatically stated that they contain no new, actionable threat information. Authorities have urged the public to go about their normal routines, but to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. The chances of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack remain very low; increased awareness and common sense are among the best remedies to reduce one's exposure in the face of an amorphous threat such as this. The same advice can apply to travelers or citizens of any Western country, as terrorist organizations often make no distinction among them.

Many major Western cities increased security immediately after the Paris attacks. Heightened security, combined with elevated vigilance, will result in greater numbers of police operations and hoax terror alerts. Security in some non-Western cities may be less stringent, but it is vital that foreigners remain on alert, especially as travelers and expatriates tend to stand out among the local populace; though the US and other Western governments work with local governments when possible to guard against potential terrorist threats, the value of hypervigilance while traveling cannot be overstated.

Some precautions that people should take include the following:

  • Be nonconfrontational, and heed the instructions of local authorities
  • Keep in touch with your diplomatic mission and family members
  • Give a trusted contact a copy of your itinerary; trust only close contacts and family members with personal details
  • Carry important travel documents with you at all times, but keep copies in a safe location, so that they can be easily replaced if needed
  • Vary routes and commute patterns
  • Remain alert for suspicious packages and/or people
  • Remain extremely vigilant in crowded areas
  • Expect greatly enhanced security at transportation hubs, tourist sites, large shopping areas, and sporting events
  • Allow additional time to reach destinations as a result of heightened security

Resource
Worldwide Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-travel-alert.html

Related Advice: General guidelines to protect yourself against terrorism.


Russia/CIS

This alert began 24 Nov 2015 18:53 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

Summary
The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for its citizens Nov. 23. The alert warns of the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats, citing a growing threat from such organizations as the Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others. At this time, there is no credible indication that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages; the alert calls upon people to remain vigilant in public spaces, including on public transportation, and avoid large gatherings or crowded areas.

Background and Analysis
The State Department almost certainly issued the alert in response to highly publicized videos recently released by IS, as well as the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The alarmist videos contain repurposed propaganda material issued after earlier terror attacks in the Middle East, and directly threaten Washington, DC and New York City, likely in a bid to capitalize on the Paris attacks. While the videos have garnered significant media attention, officials have emphatically stated that they contain no new, actionable threat information. Authorities have urged the public to go about their normal routines, but to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. The chances of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack remain very low; increased awareness and common sense are among the best remedies to reduce one's exposure in the face of an amorphous threat such as this. The same advice can apply to travelers or citizens of any Western country, as terrorist organizations often make no distinction among them.

Many major Western cities increased security immediately after the Paris attacks. Heightened security, combined with elevated vigilance, will result in greater numbers of police operations and hoax terror alerts. Security in some non-Western cities may be less stringent, but it is vital that foreigners remain on alert, especially as travelers and expatriates tend to stand out among the local populace; though the US and other Western governments work with local governments when possible to guard against potential terrorist threats, the value of hypervigilance while traveling cannot be overstated.

Some precautions that people should take include the following:

  • Be nonconfrontational, and heed the instructions of local authorities
  • Keep in touch with your diplomatic mission and family members
  • Give a trusted contact a copy of your itinerary; trust only close contacts and family members with personal details
  • Carry important travel documents with you at all times, but keep copies in a safe location, so that they can be easily replaced if needed
  • Vary routes and commute patterns
  • Remain alert for suspicious packages and/or people
  • Remain extremely vigilant in crowded areas
  • Expect greatly enhanced security at transportation hubs, tourist sites, large shopping areas, and sporting events
  • Allow additional time to reach destinations as a result of heightened security

Resource
Worldwide Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-travel-alert.html

Related Advice: General guidelines to protect yourself against terrorism.


Asia

This alert began 24 Nov 2015 17:51 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

Summary
The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for its citizens Nov. 23. The alert warns of the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats, citing a growing threat from such organizations as the Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others. At this time, there is no credible indication that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages; the alert calls upon people to remain vigilant in public spaces, including on public transportation, and avoid large gatherings or crowded areas.

Background and Analysis
The State Department almost certainly issued the alert in response to highly publicized videos recently released by IS, as well as the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The alarmist videos contain repurposed propaganda material issued after earlier terror attacks in the Middle East, and directly threaten Washington, DC and New York City, likely in a bid to capitalize on the Paris attacks. While the videos have garnered significant media attention, officials have emphatically stated that they contain no new, actionable threat information. Authorities have urged the public to go about their normal routines, but to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. The chances of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack remain very low; increased awareness and common sense are among the best remedies to reduce one's exposure in the face of an amorphous threat such as this. The same advice can apply to travelers or citizens of any Western country, as terrorist organizations often make no distinction among them.

Many major Western cities increased security immediately after the Paris attacks. Heightened security, combined with elevated vigilance, will result in greater numbers of police operations and hoax terror alerts. Security in some non-Western cities may be less stringent, but it is vital that foreigners remain on alert, especially as travelers and expatriates tend to stand out among the local populace; though the US and other Western governments work with local governments when possible to guard against potential terrorist threats, the value of hypervigilance while traveling cannot be overstated.

Some precautions that people should take include the following:

  • Be nonconfrontational, and heed the instructions of local authorities
  • Keep in touch with your diplomatic mission and family members
  • Give a trusted contact a copy of your itinerary; trust only close contacts and family members with personal details
  • Carry important travel documents with you at all times, but keep copies in a safe location, so that they can be easily replaced if needed
  • Vary routes and commute patterns
  • Remain alert for suspicious packages and/or people
  • Remain extremely vigilant in crowded areas
  • Expect greatly enhanced security at transportation hubs, tourist sites, large shopping areas, and sporting events
  • Allow additional time to reach destinations as a result of heightened security

Resource
Worldwide Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-travel-alert.html

Related Advice: General guidelines to protect yourself against terrorism.


Caribbean

This alert began 24 Nov 2015 17:42 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

Summary
The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for its citizens Nov. 23. The alert warns of the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats, citing a growing threat from such organizations as the Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others. At this time, there is no credible indication that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages; the alert calls upon people to remain vigilant in public spaces, including on public transportation, and avoid large gatherings or crowded areas.

Background and Analysis
The State Department almost certainly issued the alert in response to highly publicized videos recently released by IS, as well as the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The alarmist videos contain repurposed propaganda material issued after earlier terror attacks in the Middle East, and directly threaten Washington, DC and New York City, likely in a bid to capitalize on the Paris attacks. While the videos have garnered significant media attention, officials have emphatically stated that they contain no new, actionable threat information. Authorities have urged the public to go about their normal routines, but to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. The chances of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack remain very low; increased awareness and common sense are among the best remedies to reduce one's exposure in the face of an amorphous threat such as this. The same advice can apply to travelers or citizens of any Western country, as terrorist organizations often make no distinction among them.

Many major Western cities increased security immediately after the Paris attacks. Heightened security, combined with elevated vigilance, will result in greater numbers of police operations and hoax terror alerts. Security in some non-Western cities may be less stringent, but it is vital that foreigners remain on alert, especially as travelers and expatriates tend to stand out among the local populace; though the US and other Western governments work with local governments when possible to guard against potential terrorist threats, the value of hypervigilance while traveling cannot be overstated.

Some precautions that people should take include the following:

  • Be nonconfrontational, and heed the instructions of local authorities
  • Keep in touch with your diplomatic mission and family members
  • Give a trusted contact a copy of your itinerary; trust only close contacts and family members with personal details
  • Carry important travel documents with you at all times, but keep copies in a safe location, so that they can be easily replaced if needed
  • Vary routes and commute patterns
  • Remain alert for suspicious packages and/or people
  • Remain extremely vigilant in crowded areas
  • Expect greatly enhanced security at transportation hubs, tourist sites, large shopping areas, and sporting events
  • Allow additional time to reach destinations as a result of heightened security

Resource
Worldwide Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-travel-alert.html

Related Advice: General guidelines to protect yourself against terrorism.


South Pacific

This alert began 24 Nov 2015 17:28 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

Summary
The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for its citizens Nov. 23. The alert warns of the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats, citing a growing threat from such organizations as the Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others. At this time, there is no credible indication that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages; the alert calls upon people to remain vigilant in public spaces, including on public transportation, and avoid large gatherings or crowded areas.

Background and Analysis
The State Department almost certainly issued the alert in response to highly publicized videos recently released by IS, as well as the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The alarmist videos contain repurposed propaganda material issued after earlier terror attacks in the Middle East, and directly threaten Washington, DC and New York City, likely in a bid to capitalize on the Paris attacks. While the videos have garnered significant media attention, officials have emphatically stated that they contain no new, actionable threat information. Authorities have urged the public to go about their normal routines, but to remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. The chances of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack remain very low; increased awareness and common sense are among the best remedies to reduce one's exposure in the face of an amorphous threat such as this. The same advice can apply to travelers or citizens of any Western country, as terrorist organizations often make no distinction among them.

Many major Western cities increased security immediately after the Paris attacks. Heightened security, combined with elevated vigilance, will result in greater numbers of police operations and hoax terror alerts. Security in some non-Western cities may be less stringent, but it is vital that foreigners remain on alert, especially as travelers and expatriates tend to stand out among the local populace; though the US and other Western governments work with local governments when possible to guard against potential terrorist threats, the value of hypervigilance while traveling cannot be overstated.

Some precautions that people should take include the following:

  • Be nonconfrontational, and heed the instructions of local authorities
  • Keep in touch with your diplomatic mission and family members
  • Give a trusted contact a copy of your itinerary; trust only close contacts and family members with personal details
  • Carry important travel documents with you at all times, but keep copies in a safe location, so that they can be easily replaced if needed
  • Vary routes and commute patterns
  • Remain alert for suspicious packages and/or people
  • Remain extremely vigilant in crowded areas
  • Expect greatly enhanced security at transportation hubs, tourist sites, large shopping areas, and sporting events
  • Allow additional time to reach destinations as a result of heightened security

Resource
Worldwide Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-travel-alert.html

Related Advice: General guidelines to protect yourself against terrorism.

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