Several foreign state departments in Europe have made recent updates to their travel advisories for citizens visiting the United States.
While some of the updates include mentions of recent natural occurrences such as Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, they have all included statements about terrorism in the country, suggesting their citizens carefully examine “the necessity” of travel to America.
As of October 9, the U.K. has updated their foreign travel advice to citizens traveling to the United States explaining, “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in the USA. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should monitor media reports and remain vigilant at all times.”
They also note that the “post-storm situation remains dangerous, with extreme flooding, power outages, and limited communications” regarding travelers to the Caribbean, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In Australia, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have warned citizens about the safety levels of the U.S. Virgin islands and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico since the devastating natural disasters, asking its citizens to reconsider travel at this time. The Australian government also mentions that the United States has more violent crime than Australia, and that “mass shootings continue to occur in public places.”
The German government also made updates to the travel and safety instructions on their website outlining a summary of the Las Vegas attack and requesting German citizens follow the advice of local authorities. In the “general information” section of their travel website, the German government reminds its citizens “In the U.S., it is comparatively easy to get possession of weapons. If you become a victim of an armed attack, do not try to defend yourself!”
They also cautioned citizens about traveling to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and to carefully examine the “necessity” of their travel to those areas, cautioning that flooding and landslides are possibilities.
Ireland was also on board with travel updates that included “potentially hazardous weather conditions to coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama north-western Florida” and “terrible damage in the Caribbean, Florida and other parts of the Southeast of the U.S.”
Their travel advisory also says “There is an increased threat of terrorism and extremist violence worldwide and this should be borne in mind by Irish citizens living and working in the USA. The USA has also witnessed a number of mass shootings in recent years.”
A similar travel advisory for the United States regarding Zika Virus, gun violence and anti-LGBTQ was released a little more than a year ago by France, Germany and New Zealand.