Travel alert issued for Europe

The travel alert expires September 1. (MGN Online)

The U.S Department of State issued a travel alert for Americans heading to Europe this summer.

The alert warned citizens of the ongoing threats of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.

"While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department nevertheless remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks," officials said. "Travelers should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning. "

Areas were there have been recent reported incidents include France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Renee Christian, a travel consultant in Jefferson City, said April to November is the most popular season for tourists to visit there.

Christian has many clients planning to visit Europe this summer but she said they tend to travel to those countries during the off season.

"I think the most important thing is to definitely be aware of what is happening in the country you're going to visit," Christian said. "If there is unrest or things like that most tour companies, if it is a big unrest, they will not take their tours to that particular place."

Travelers are recommended to know where the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination city and check their website for any recent security messages.

Also to make it easier to locate you in an emergency, the Department encouraged enrolling in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

For a complete list of what U.S. citizens should do while traveling to Europe, click here.

The alert will expire on September 1, 2017.

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