Global Advisories provide U.S. citizens with general information about terrorist activity, political violence, and criminal activity occurring abroad, as well as specific recommendations on how to prepare for possible eventualities, receive information on security events and ensure that travelers can be contacted in an emergency. This version replaces the global advisory of January 15, 2019.
The Department of State remains concerned about the continuing threat of terrorist attacks, protests, and other violent actions against American citizens and interests abroad. The Department of State believes that there is a higher potential for anti-American violence given the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri on July 31, 2022. Current information suggests that terrorist organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against the American interests in several regions of the world. These attacks can employ a wide variety of tactics, including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.
Because terrorist attacks, political violence (including protests), criminal activity, and other security incidents often occur without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad. U.S. government facilities around the world actively monitor potential security threats and may temporarily shut down or periodically suspend utility services to assess their security posture. In these cases, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor local news and stay in contact with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
When planning a trip and before leaving the United States, US citizens should consult the travel advisories and country-specific information pages on travel.state.gov. Travelers are also encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive safety messages and help locate them in the event of an emergency. The Department uses these security messages to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned protests, natural disasters, and more. In case of emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1 (888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries.
Private United States citizens should not travel to any country to participate in an armed conflict. U.S. citizens are reminded that fighting on behalf of designated terrorist organizations or providing other forms of support to them may constitute providing material support for terrorism, which is a serious crime that may result in penalties including jail and heavy fines.
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