IMPACT – MEDIUM
The State Department issued a travel alert for this week, highlighting the possibility of terrorist attacks in Europe throughout the holiday season and into the new year.
Background: The State Department’s travel alert follows attacks in Belgium, France, Germany and Turkey, in the past year. The department issued a similar warning in May and said Monday it “remains concerned about the potential for attacks throughout Europe.” The alert is set to expire on Feb. 20.
BAL Analysis: Foreign nationals traveling or residing in Europe should exercise caution and expect delays, especially when crossing borders where border controls have been instituted. Companies with employees outside the U.S. should (1) register their employees with the appropriate U.S. embassy; (2) establish evacuation plans; (3) develop visitor logs; and (4) have employees carry copies of their passport at all times.
U.S. companies overseas should (1) engage with the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and (2) develop an emergency communication system. Employers may additionally wish to encourage their employees to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free service that provides updated security information and allows Americans to register their trips abroad with the closest U.S. embassy or consulate.
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