STEP

SMART TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM​
Incidents such as the one in Paris are horrible reminders that we need to be safe and prepared when traveling. 
It's all too easy to "figure it out when we get there." 

Everyone should ALWAYS enroll in STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, before every trip. It's free and it helps U.S. Authorities know who's where, if there's a natural disaster, terrorist attack, etc. 
This site is managed by the Bureau of Consular Affairs and U.S. Department of State. 

https://step.state.gov/step/ 

Three reasons to enroll
(1) if you're TRAVELING Internationally, get travel alerts & warnings
(2) if you're STAYING at HOME, get alerts & warnings
(3) create an account if you travel frequently. Be sure to read: The Benefits of Enrolling.

In addition, make sure you have a copy of your passport scanned so that if it goes missing, you can retrieve it electronically, which will make it easier to get an emergency passport.
STEP NOTIFICATIONS AS OF JANUARY 2017
The Department of State has launched new Travel Advisories and Alerts to make it easier for U.S. citizens to access clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information about every country in the world. For more details and FAQs about our Travel Advisories and Alerts, please see travel.state.gov/travelsafely. Before any travel abroad, we encourage you to check our safety and security information for your destination at travel.state.gov/destination.
The Department of State has launched new Travel Advisories and Alerts to make it easier for U.S. citizens to access clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information about every country in the world. For more details and FAQs about our Travel Advisories and Alerts, please see travel.state.gov/travelsafely. Before any travel abroad, we encourage you to check our safety and security information for your destination at travel.state.gov/destination.

Germany, Level 2: Exercise increased caution 
Exercise increased caution in Germany due to terrorism.Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Germany.

France, Level 2: Exercise increased caution ​
Exercise increased caution in France due to terrorism.​Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in France. 

Belgium, Level 2: Exercise increased caution 
Exercise increased caution in Belgium due to terrorism.​Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Belgium. 

United Kingdom, Level 2: Exercise increased caution 
Exercise increased caution in the United Kingdom due to terrorism.​Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in the United Kingdom. 

There is also a risk of isolated violence by dissident groups in Northern Ireland, focused primarily on police and military targets.


Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Germany, France, Belgium​, or the United Kingdom:

Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues.
Follow the instructions of local authorities.
Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Germany, France, and Belgium.
U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler's Checklist.