State Department issues travel alert for Europe this summer

The U.S. State Department urged citizens going to Europe this summer to be extra vigilant, issuing a travel alert to the continued threat of terrorist attacks.

Security forces keep vigil in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, earlier this year following a terror attack. Security has been increased after the U.S. State Department issued travel advisories warning of potential terror threats from al-Qaeda in tourist destinations and public transport. Photo by Maya Vidon-White/UPI | License Photo
Security forces keep vigil in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, earlier this year following a terror attack. Security has been increased after the U.S. State Department issued travel advisories warning of potential terror threats from al-Qaeda in tourist destinations and public transport. Photo by Maya Vidon-White/UPI | License Photo

The alert cited recent attacks in France, which will elect a new president next week, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

“While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department nevertheless remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks,” the alert said.
“U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.”

The State Department encouraged travelers to check the websites of the U.S. embassies and consulates and register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

The travel alert is the fourth issued for Europe during the past year. The most recent went out last November and expired in February.

Monday’s alert expires Sept. 1.

By Mike Bambach