State Department, Travel Warning, Travel To Europe, Trips Europe

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The State Department issued a travel warning for Americans traveling to Europe.

The department is asking travelers to be on alert because of continued threats of terrorist attacks.

The warning issued Monday afternoon comes after recent attacks in France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

“While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department nevertheless remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning,” the travel alert reads.

The department said extremists are focusing on tourist locations, transportation spots, markets, malls, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, airports, educational institutions and high-profile events.

U.S. citizens are being asked to be extra vigilant when they are in those locations, especially in areas with large crowds.

Those traveling to Europe should keep an eye on what is going on in the spot you are traveling to, be prepared for additional security screenings and disruptions, stay in touch with family and have an emergency plan.

You can also register with the department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to get security messages and make it easier to locate you during an emergency.

The travel alert expires on September 1st – meaning it will be up during summer vacation travel season.

For more information, you can call 1-888-407-4747 while you’re in the United States or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. To get country specific information, click here.

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