STEP Travel Warning

I've posted about Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) from the U.S. State Department previously.  A week or so after the media announced the worldwide travel advisory, I received a detailed email from the program itself.  (I pasted some that text below.)

This is the most specific and urgent notification received since I enrolled in STEP five years ago. It is not specific to cruise travel but it affects many locations which are ports to which we travel and explore.

I do not have a specific question pertaining to this alert but am interested to hear opinions about the warning and other precautions you are taking or considering taking to maintain your personal safety and that of fellow travelers.


"The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da'esh), al-Qa'ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016. 
Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da'esh return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services. In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali. ISIL/Da'esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.
U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Persons with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. U.S. citizens should:

Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions. Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency. Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Foreign governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and some have made official declarations regarding heightened threat conditions. Authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots. We continue to work closely with our allies on the threat from international terrorism. Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats."

Tags: travel safety

11 Answers

If you are new here or did not know about STEP, it is worth your time to check out the site and register prior to your next trip.

If the link above does not work, try this one:

I contact External Affairs Canada for information, However the U.S.State Department website is also very good.

Of course, please contact your home country to see if you have a similar program to STEP when you are traveling abroad.

I was unaware of this site. Thank you for the information. I will need to look into this further.

I too receive their alerts!

Never gave it thought before but I will certainly check it out now. Thanks

Thanks for the information. We should always be aware of our surroundings even at home not just when traveling. When we planned a trip that included Israel, Jordan, Oman, Suez Canal & Dubai friends all told us that we were crazy. We came home to a terrorist attack in Orlando just an hour away from our home. Terrorism can happen anywhere. Report suspicious behavior to the authorities. It better to be safe than embarrassed if you are wrong. We all need to be vigilant.

Vigilance is an absolute must in today's world.

Done and done... Account made... They sure have high standards for passwords and info we give.

Thank you!


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