Date: March 22, 2016 at 10:44:24 AM EDT
Subject: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Situation in France
United States Embassy Paris, France
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Situation in France
March 22, 2016
In the wake of today’s multiple attacks in Brussels, Belgium, the U.S. Embassy in France informs U.S. citizens that attacks in Europe by terror groups and individuals inspired by major terrorist organizations remain possible. In addition to earlier measures outlined below as part of the ongoing State of Emergency, French authorities announced today:
· expect an increased security presence at borders, airports, train stations, and in the public transportation system.
· individuals may be requested to present a travel ticket and/or photo identification to enter public areas at airports and train stations and may be subject to a pat down at airports, train stations, and on the public transportation system.
As part of the State of Emergency extended through May 26, 2016, French authorities have reinforced security measures throughout the communes in the Ile de France region. These allow for:
· house arrest of any person whose activities are deemed dangerous,
· the closure of theaters and meeting places,
· the surrender of weapons, and
· the possibility of administrative house searches.
The French Government has decided to re-establish border controls when needed and movement may be restricted in some areas. Travelers should:
· expect delays at airports and train stations due to heightened security measures.
· expect increased security at both border checkpoints and toll booths, due to strengthened border controls,
· contact transport companies for the latest information and to arrive at airports and train stations early.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of our Worldwide Caution. Travelers should exercise particular caution during festivals or events, including Easter and similar religious celebrations. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. U.S. visitors or residents in France should be aware of their local security situation, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Specific safety concerns should be addressed to French law enforcement authorities who have responsibility for the safety and security of all visitors to France.
For further information:
· See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and France Country Specific Information.
· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
· Contact the U.S. Embassy in Paris, located at 2 Avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris, at +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22 or by email at Citizeninfo@state.gov. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22.
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