U.S. State Dept. Issues Updated Worldwide Travel Caution

With the death of Osama Bin Laden, the U.S. Department of State has updated its worldwide travel caution notice. The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. 

U.S. citizens are reminded that demonstrations and rioting can occur with little or no warning. Current information suggests that Al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings.

Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas and locales where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays.

U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. If you have an approved foreign trip coming up, the Foreign Travel section in the Jefferson Lab Travel office will update you if there is any change before your travel date.

Should I contact anyone about a trip that has already been approved?
Any changes to an approved foreign trip will be conveyed to the traveler by Travel Services before the travel date. 

Have any countries recently been affected by terrorist activity?
Yes, at present only foreign travel to Mexico has been affected by terrorist activity. However, as incidents occur throughout the world, other countries may be affected.

Where can I get more information?
See JLab's travel web link to the Department of State website, where breaking news can be found, or go to http://travel.state.gov/.

Carol Kinsey, Travel Supervisor
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
628 Hofstadter Rd., Ste. 4, Rm. 5
Newport News, VA  23606
kinsey@jlab.org

757-269-7519 (phone)
757-269-7074 (fax)



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