Are you a U.S. citizen who is planning to travel abroad? If so, it’s
important to stay updated on the U.S. Department of State’s “Worldwide
Caution,” which provides U.S. citizens with updated information
about threats on foreign soil.
The Department of State updated the Worldwide Caution “with information
on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and
criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.” The
reason for this update is the U.S. government is concerned about the welfare
of U.S. citizens as they travel overseas.
Since terrorist attacks and political upheaval take place throughout the
world and often without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly urged to be
vigilant when travelling abroad, especially in certain countries.
If you are planning a trip abroad, you want to be fully prepared for an
emergency. The Department of State urges you to enroll in the
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages about natural disasters, terrorist
threats, and other security concerns. You are also urged to go to
travel.state.gov and read the following:
- Travel Alerts
- Travel Warnings
- Country Specific Information Pages
Stay Aware of Terrorist Threats
We’re not trying to instill fear in you, but it is important to remain
realistic when travelling to countries where terrorist threats are concerns.
“Terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qa’ida, their associates,
and those inspired by such organizations, are intent on attacking U.S.
citizens wherever they are,” says the Department of State.
The Department of State warns travelers that extremists and terrorists
are attacking people in the following places: schools, parks, shopping
malls, markets, airports, hotels, clubs, restaurants, and other public
places where people gather.
“Private U.S. citizens should not travel to any country to participate
in armed conflict,” says the Department of State. Some of the more
dangerous countries at this point in time include: East Asia and Pacific,
Turkey, Ukraine, North Africa, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and many others.
If you’re planning a trip abroad, we urge you to reach out to us
to learn about the safest and most dangerous countries to visit. To set
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