GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — As the holidays approach, all DOD personnel should be aware of active travel restrictions and travel alerts in Europe.
You and your family members can receive real-time emergency messages through the USAG Bavaria’s AtHoc Mass Warning and Notification System. The system works through a client on your computer and can send crisis communication messages to your email, home phone, iOS and Android phones, as well as text messages.
Here is the most comprehensive and up-to-date list.
The U.S Dept. of State has issued a worldwide travel alert in effect until Feb. 24. The travel alert suggests that militants with al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. Travelers should register through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which ensures the State Department can contact you in the event of an emergency.
On Nov. 18, the U.S. Embassy in Rome issued a security message for U.S. citizens that the following locations have been identified as potential targets of terrorist attacks in Rome and Milan.
U.S. European Command travel restrictions to Turkey remain in place for all DoD personnel, including service members, civilians, contractors and family members. Both unofficial and official travel — including ship-to-shore travel from cruise ships — is prohibited. Any exceptions require approval from the first general officer or SES in an individual’s chain of command.