State Department Travel Alert

By Anastasios Dionysiou March 24, 2016

The State Department alerts for potential risks when traveling 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

Everyone is asked to exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation, to be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places and to exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

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.

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots. The State Department is working closely with allies and will continue to share information with their European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

For further information:

· See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.

On the bright side it’s business as usual for Athens, Greece.
Despite uncertainty in the outbound holiday market in Europe and the ongoing publicity of the refugee crisis, Athens has not lost ground as a leisure tourism and city break destination, according to the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB)

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