In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22, 2016, many are wondering if it is safe to travel to Europe. Unlike the Paris attacks, there have been fewer calls to a swift return to normal operations in Europe as concerns about security linger. The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert, advising Americans to be vigilant, saying that terrorist groups “continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants and transportation”
However, no one has indicated that visitors cancel trips to Europe in the near term. And the State Department’s travel alert expires on June 20, before the busy summer travel season.
The warning does advise travelers to take caution, however.
“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events,” advises the State Department on its website.
In order to be safer, the State Department advises U.S. citizens to follow a few simple steps when abroad:
Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
Monitor media and local information sources and consider updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
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