December 5, 2018
As the holiday season approaches, security measures in many countries throughout the world, particularly in Europe, have heightened due to potential threats from multinational terrorist organizations and individuals. These terrorist threats often focus on common tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation centers, and other places frequented by Westerners. Additionally, crime is likely to increase during the holidays, so travelers should remain vigilant at all times, particularly in high-profile locations such as hotels and airports.
• Stay extra vigilant at any holiday festivals or events, places of worship, and locations with large crowds.
• Have a personal security plan in place.
• Always be aware of your surroundings.
• Monitor local media for any updates.
• Be prepared for an increased police presence around busy tourist areas. Follow all official directives and always carry around some form of identification.
• Familiarize yourself with the crime risk areas of your destination.
• Always maintain a low profile. Avoid any excessive displays of wealth by only carrying small amounts of cash and leaving valuables at home.
• Register with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important updates from the U.S. Embassy in your country.
UT travelers are encouraged to enroll with International SOS (ISOS) to get alerts for global security, safety, and health concerns for the countries they are traveling to. Simply go to the UT Global Risk and Safety (GRS) page and follow the directions under “Before You Leave”, and click on “Email Subscriptions” at the left of the ISOS website.
If you are abroad and need immediate assistance, you can always call International SOS at 001-215-942-8059 (consult www.howtocallabroad.com if you have difficulties) or text them through their Assistance App. You can also call UTPD at 001-512-471-4441.