Federal officials release worldwide travel alert

Federal officials release worldwide travel alert

The U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert on Nov. 23.

The alert warns citizens of the United States of the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats, citing growing danger from organizations like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and others.

At this time, there is no credible indication that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages. Travel alerts are issued to caution people to remain vigilant in public spaces and when using public transportation. International travelers should also avoid large crowds or crowded areas.

The Department of State also urges U.S. citizens traveling abroad to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Individuals enrolled may receive safety and security announcements based on their location. Enrolling also makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contract travelers in the event of an emergency.

United States citizens traveling abroad should also be aware of local phone numbers for police and medical emergencies. These numbers do not always follow the United States' 911 emergency response system.

For more information on the worldwide travel alert, click here.

For information on “What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis,” go to http://www.travel.state.gov. Details on specific countries involved in travel alerts, consult the U.S. State Department's country specific information pages and worldwide cautions.

The University of Nebraska's Executive Memorandum 25 prohibits travel when a warning has been issued, but not for travel alerts. For a copy of the memorandum, click here.