Following the deadly Tuesday attacks on Brussels, the State Department has issued an alert to U.S. citizens traveling to and within the borders of Europe.
The alert urges travelers to exercise caution when using public transportation and when visiting populous public places like sporting arenas, festivals, high-profile events and tourist sites.
The announcement also advises the following:
- Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency
- Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities
- Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions
- Stay in touch with family members and ensure they know how contact information in the event of an emergency
- Register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
The travel alert expires Jun 20.
Belgian police are currently tracking down one of three suspects of the attacks, which took the lives of more than 30 people and wounded more than 200 others. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on Tuesday.
All public transportation, movie theaters, schools and public institutions have been closed in Brussels.