U.S. State Department Issues Summer Travel Advisory For Europe

Amanda Gardner

On May 31, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for Americans traveling to Europe this summer. In the travel advisory, the State Department warns tourists of the "risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation." Specifically, the advisory mentions two highly anticipated events: the European Soccer Championship and World Youth Day.

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Adding to the need for a travel advisory are several other events. The bombings at Brussels Airport in March, the multiple shootings in Istanbul that occurred over the past few months, and reports of rapes and assaults in Germany and Scandinavia have forced the State Department to take the terror threat in Europe very seriously.

— Stanislav Moravec (@StandaMoravec) May 25, 2016

As mentioned in the travel advisory, French authorities have planned an increase in police and military presence at all UEFA match locations for the duration of the championship. In addition, as the two events share July dates, they have added extra security personnel to monitor the Tour de France route with the world's most famous cycling event slated to begin on July 2 in Mont-Saint-Michel and conclude on July 24 in Paris.

— Marko Louevuo (@louevuo) May 31, 2016

— Catholic Bishops (@ACBC1) April 1, 2016

As for the final three points in the travel advisory, it would be wise for Americans traveling in Europe this summer to remind themselves to remain calm and patient when going through immigration or customs. The added security, which has been put in place for the safety of all, will likely result in long lines and increased waits, but it is much better than the alternative.

For more information about specific destinations not listed in the travel advisory, Americans can contact the U.S. State Department. Those who have questions while abroad can contact U.S. consulates or embassies in the countries in which they are traveling. In addition, the State Department's travel Twitter account (@TravelGov) live tweets warnings, so Americans have the option to use social media to stay up to date on travel advisories as they are issued.

— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) May 31, 2016