US issues travel alert for tourists visiting Europe
The US has issued a travel alert for Americans visiting Europe, citing continued threat of terror attacks. The previous alert, issued in winter, expired in February. A State Department official reported the fresh alert wasn't based on a specific threat, but rather on a continuing threat of attacks. The notification expires on September 1.
Alert instructs cautiousness in public spots, constant alertness
Citing recent attacks in France, Russia, Sweden and UK, the alert said ISIS, al-Qaeda and their affiliates "have the ability to…execute terrorist attacks in Europe". "US citizens should be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning," it warned. It also advised caution at public spots like malls, hotels, clubs, restaurants and more.
Dos and don'ts for tourists
The alert urged tourists to monitor media and consider updates while making plans. It also asked people to "be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions". It recommended having an emergency plan ready. Travelers should register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, it said.