The State Department issued a travel advisory on Sunday October 3, 2010 for all Americans traveling to European countries. All Americans are being told to be cautious of any and all travel to European countries. European countries are worried about jihad threats and warn of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems. Although they have not issued any specific threats or certain dates or places, Americans traveling to major European cities should be extra cautious.
The last terrorist attack happened almost 5 years ago in a European country, but increased threats of terrorist attacks are causing the department to take notice and issue warnings. Terrorist attacks are rare within this region of the country, but could happen and plots could be in the process now. Making travelers away of the threat could be exactly what it takes to protect them.
The rumor of terrorist attacks swarms throughout several countries. Currently there are rumors of a female bomber planning for a terrorist attack in France and Great Britain was spared a large plot a couple of years ago. French police officials recently arrested a suspect in a recent bombing, but there seem to be no signs of it being a terrorist act or the threat of a plan to attack any larger cities or attractions.
There are not any known threats in Germany either, but the travel advisory includes all European countries. Americans need to be aware of their surroundings and be aware of any potential hazards that might occur on foreign soil. Take heed of the warnings that are issued, but travel to these countries does not have to stop. The State Department just wants to warn that there could be problems with terrorism in these countries.
This is not the first travel warning issued for Americans by the State Department. There are many places that are considered dangerous for Americans to travel to such as: Mexico, Korea, Afghanistan, Israel, Mali, Pakistan, Chad, Haiti, Guinea, Nepal, Nigeria, Georgia, Congo, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Yemen, Philippines, and Lebanon. Many of these are countries that American’s could travel to for business purposes but people need to be aware if they are travel overseas as to the dangers that lurk wherever they might be traveling to.
I would recommend that anyone who is planning a trip over the next 6 months check out the State Department website to see if a travel warning is issued for the country to which they will be traveling. Take the safety travel tips that are offered over the internet and always be sure that someone has a copy of the itinerary that you plan to travel with.