Global Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Feb 01, 2002
The U.S. Government remains deeply concerned about the security of Americans
overseas. As a result of U.S. military actions in Afghanistan in response
to the September 11 terrorist attacks, there is a potential for retaliatory
actions to be taken against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world
by terrorists and those who harbor grievances against the United States.
The Department urges Americans to review their circumstances carefully and
to take all appropriate measures to ensure their personal safety. Americans
are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest
American Embassy or Consulate. The Department will continue to develop
information about potential threats to Americans overseas and to share with
them credible threat information through its Consular Information Program
documents. These documents are available on the Internet at
U.S. citizens and interests abroad remain at increased risk of terrorist
attacks, including by groups with links to Usama Bin Ladin's Al-Qaida
organization. These individuals do not distinguish between official and
civilian targets. The Department of State has unconfirmed reports that
American citizens may be targeted for kidnapping or other terrorist actions.
In late January 2002, an American journalist was taken hostage in Pakistan.
In light of the above information, U.S. Government facilities worldwide
remain at a heightened state of alert. U.S. Government facilities may from
time to time temporarily close or suspend public services as necessary to
review their security posture and ensure its adequacy. In those instances,
U.S. Embassies and Consulates will make every effort to provide emergency
services to American citizens.
U.S. citizens planning to travel abroad should consult the Department of
State's Public Announcements, Travel Warnings, Consular Information Sheets,
Fact Sheets, and regional travel brochures, all of which are available at
the Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov. American
citizens overseas may contact the American Citizens Services unit of the
nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate by telephone or fax for up-to-date
information on security conditions. American citizens in need of emergency
assistance should telephone the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate before
In addition to information on the Internet, U.S. travelers may hear recorded
information by calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at
202-647-5225 from their touch-tone telephone, or receive information by
automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from their fax machine.
This Public Announcement supersedes the Public Announcement - Worldwide
Caution of October 23, 2001 to note concern with regard to possible
kidnappings and other terrorist actions. This Public Announcement expires
on August 1, 2002.