ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 25: An officer from the Transportation Security Administration checks travel documents for passengers traveling through Reagan National Airport November 25, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. With the recent terror attacks in Paris, travelers are facing heightened security procedures while traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
(KGTV) - The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for American citizens going to Europe during the holiday season due to a heightened risk of terrorist attacks.
Officials warned last week that U.S. citizens should be cautious at holiday festivals and events.
The State Department cited mass casualty attacks last year at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany and a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey on New Year’s Eve.
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American travelers are encouraged to check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in their destination cities for recent security messages.
The State Department has a Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive security messages and make it easier to find U.S. citizens in an emergency.
The travel alert expires January 31, 2018.