The US Department of State issued a Worldwide Travel Alert on Monday, warning travelers of the potential risks of terrorism by the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other unaffiliated individuals inspired by those groups.
Travel Alert: Authorities believe likelihood of terror attacks will continue as ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria/ Iraq. https://t.co/Ebm8Ny3Bom
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) November 23, 2015
The alert references past threats made against “large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services” and cites attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali during the past year, as well as the downed Russian airliner over Egypt.
Encouraging US citizens to “exercise vigilance,” the State Department stressed the holiday season and holiday-related festivities as targets, saying citizens should “follow the instructions of local authorities” and follow updates in the media when planning to travel, prepare for additional security screenings, to stay in touch with family in case of an emergency, and register with State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.