Terrorist attack alerts for those traveling in Europe
Faced with the announcement this week of a very serious alert on the possibility of terrorist attacks, several countries have updated their recommendations for citizens traveling in Europe in order to warn them of the possibility of terrorist attacks. The warning comes after security sources in several Western countries revealed the existence of plans to attack public targets in Europe.
The BBC yesterday published some questions and answers about this alert for people who intend to travel in Europe in the next few days that we summarize below:
What countries have issued warnings and what have they said?
On September 21, amid warnings from anonymous officials that terrorist attacks on public places were being planned, France said it would "improve" its surveillance.
In recent days, the UK, the US and Japan have updated their travel recommendations, warning of potential terrorist attacks in Europe and urging citizens to be careful. Sweden has issued similar recommendations and raised its threat level, although it still remains lower than other European countries. The German and Italian security forces claim to remain vigilant and the threat continues to be "high", although no information on specific targets had emerged.
Is this the highest level of alert?
This varies from country to country. The US alert is a travel "recommendation", less serious than a "warning" and does not urge Americans to avoid all countries in Europe.
Britain's Foreign Office now speaks of a "major threat" - its highest record - rather than a "general threat" of attacks in Europe. Overall the threat level in the UK continues to be 'severe', meaning that an attack is' highly probable ', although it remains below' critical ', which would warn that' an attack is expected imminent ”.
The French alert level continues in "red", the second highest.
If people cancel their travel plans as a result of alerts, can they expect any compensation?
It is very unlikely. Travel industry representatives in both the US and UK note that with no explicit restrictions on travel to Europe, travelers who change their minds are unlikely to get a refund or compensation. Some travelers may be able to postpone their flight tickets, but they may have to pay the usual fees to do so.