State Department issues worldwide travel alert in wake of Paris attacks

State Department issues worldwide travel alert in wake of Paris attacks

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. State Department has issued a Worldwide Travel Alert in the wake of the recent Paris attacks.

The alert -- which is effective for the next 90 days until Feb. 24, 2016 -- urges all Americans, while traveling at home and abroad, to exercise caution and stay aware of their immediate surroundings, avoid crowded places and transportation, especially during the holidays and while attending related events and festivals.

The alert indicates that terrorist groups like ISIS and others continue to plot attacks around the globe using conventional and non-conventional methods on both official and private interests.  It also warns of the so-called "low wolf" or independent attacks inspired, but not directed, by the terror organizations.

Although U.S. officials have not indicated any credible threats, travelers should expect elevated security at the airport and are advised to be prepared for additional screenings and unexpected disruptions during their travels. They are also urged to stay in contact with local media reports, maintain family contacts, and for added assistance from the U.S. government while abroad, enroll in the STEP, or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

On July 29, 2015, the U.S. State Department issued a Worldwide Caution -- replacing the Jan. 9 Worldwide Caution -- urging Americans of the safety concerns regarding ongoing terrorist activities around the globe, and that kidnapping and hostage events involving Americans had becoming increasingly prevalent by ISIS, al-Qaida and its affiliates.

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