The Obama administration will warn Americans to be vigilant as they travel in Europe, providing updated guidance prompted by al-Qaida threats, U.S. and European officials said Saturday.
The State Department on Sunday will issue a "travel alert" that advises Americans to stay vigilant in Europe because of threat information, senior U.S. officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
The "travel alert" would be a step below a formal "travel warning," a designation telling U.S. citizens to avoid travel to particular locations. A warning designation would be devastating for tourism and study-abroad programs because of liability issues.
The possible travel guidance was not prompted by a specific threat and will not single out particular countries, but it would come after recent reports of new al-Qaida-linked terrorist plots being discovered in Europe. The alert could note that terrorists often target tourist locations or public transportation.