On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued a Europe Travel Alert for “U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.” This is due to recent attacks in the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, and Russia undertaken by the Islamic State (ISIS), Al-Qaeda and their affiliates.
At Lexicon Relocation, we take seriously the safety of our clients and their assignees and business travelers around the world. While local governments are actively pursuing counterterrorism initiatives, we ask that you and your employees on the move, remain vigilante.
Per the Department of State, “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.” Areas of concern continue to be tourist locales, transportation centers, open air markets and shopping malls, as well as government buildings/monuments. Other “soft targets” include hotels, nightclubs, religious centers, parks, educational institutions, airports, and high-profile events.
Assignees traveling throughout Europe are encouraged to check with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their destination city for any security updates or alerts.
We encourage American assignees assigned to European locations to enroll in the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive messages related to security as well as make it easier for the United States to locate American citizens abroad in an emergency.
Other steps recommended by the State Department include:
- Following instructions by local authorities.
- Monitor local media and information sources and use that information to help with plans and activities.
- Be prepared to encounter additional security protocols and potential delays and disruptions.
- Have a plan to be able to stay in touch with family so they can reach you in an emergency.
- Create an emergency plan of action.
This alert expires September 1, 2017.