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U.S. Issues Travel Security Alert For Popular European Country

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Let's face it: we live in strange times. There is so much violence, chaos, and uncertainty in the world right now that it should come as no surprise more travel alerts are being issued.

When Russia invaded Ukraine, the world narrative quickly became “don't go here”, “don't go there”. War is ugly and always has trickle-down effects.

Strasbourg, Alsace, France. Traditional half timbered houses of Petite France

Now that Israel is at war after recent attacks, we are seeing the same narrative come back into play. The U.S. State Department just issued a ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel' advisory for the historic country of Lebanon.

Whether it be fear-mongering or legitimate concerns, more travel advisories will probably be issued. In fact, the U.S. Embassy in France just issued a travel security alert for the most visited country in the world.

That's right. The mega-popular country of France is raising alarms too. Let's take a look at what's going on:

tourist in lyon france

France Issues Highest Level Of Security Alert

On October 13th, France issued the highest level of security alert via the Vigipirate system. And we all know what you're thinking. No, it is not a bedbug invasion!

As unfortunate as that would be with wide reports of creepy-crawlies running rampant in France, what actually took place to issue an alert is far, far worse.

A terrorist attack took place in the small city of Arras, north of Paris and near the Belgium border. We'll spare the details here, but it was a tragic, fatal event.

charming street with eiffel tower in the background

Due to this horrific act, it is widely expected to see an increase in security presence all across the country where necessary, particularly in airports, schools, churches, and large venues.

As it stands today, according to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, the highest level of alert is still in effect, labeled as “Emergency Attack” (Urgence Attentat).

Should Americans Visit France Right Now?

It would be difficult to convince someone not to visit the ‘most visited country in the world'. Millions upon millions of travelers check France off their travel bucket lists each year.

promenade in nice france

Of course, we all recognize the iconic Eiffel Tower, but there is so much more to see. That would be like going to New York City just to see the Statue of Liberty.

The recent security alert issued by the embassy was mostly a regurgitation of France raising their securing system to the highest level.

There is a difference between an official travel advisory issued by the Department of State versus a security alert issued by a U.S. Embassy.

Both should be taken seriously, but the State Department tends to cover a broader view of the security situation in a particular place.

colorful waterfont buildings in strasbourg france

As of now, there are no updates from the State Department for France. It remains at ‘Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution, which was last updated in late July of this year.

The U.S. Embassy, however, urges Americans to remain aware of their surroundings at all times, avoid large demonstrations, and do what they can to increase personal security.

Other tips from the U.S. Embassy:

  • Keep a low profile
  • Stay informed from local media
  • Avoid areas with large police presence

There was no mention of avoiding France, but simply stay aware and know of potential threats.

charming narrow street in Brittany France

Traveler Safety

Even though safety is a worry for travelers when venturing out into the world, the truth is most travelers make it back home unscathed.

Oftentimes, it is the well-seasoned traveler who becomes a little too comfortable settling in that is harmed, if they are harmed at all.

Safety can go by the wayside if you immerse yourself in a new destination for a lengthy amount of time.

In this case of terrorist attacks, these are very often random. However, the odds are in your favor when you take the tips provided above seriously.

woman at cafe in france

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide where you feel comfortable visiting. Dangerous situations can occur in places that feel like the safest in the world.

If it's any consolation, the U.S. State Department just issued a travel advisory for the entire world. Yes, you read that right.

So, it's up to you. Do you feel like the world is too risky to see or not?

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Sunday 22nd of October 2023

Americans aren't usually good at keeping a low profile. They're LOUD!


Saturday 21st of October 2023

Just came back from Greece,Turkey, and Russia, had a great time. Unfortunately it's complicated nowadays to buy tickets to Russia, so booked from Turkey.

Jim Spentz

Saturday 21st of October 2023

What a typical stereotypical Murican article. Fear mongering nonsense. You’ll be absolutely fine. Don’t believe this garbage article.


Saturday 21st of October 2023

Unfortunately all don't take this seriously. Norwegian Cruiseline has decided to continue a sailing into areas in the Mediterranean that have recently gone from level 1 to level 2. Why they don't just halt all cruise in the Mediterranean, is beyond me and says a lot about how the view their passengers safety. It's all about money. If they cancel, you lose your money and if they cancel, they have to refund you. NCL just lost another couple of customers!


Saturday 21st of October 2023

Get out. Are you telling me that European countries that have been replacing the native population with imported muslim are having problems with said muslim? That cannot be, right?


Monday 23rd of October 2023

@ds, That’s exactly what they are saying without actually saying it!! Because everyone knows exactly who the problem is, has been, and will continue to be!