Security Alert – October 17, 2019

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Significant demonstration activity in Catalonia is expected to continue today and this weekend in response to the verdict in the trial of 12 pro-independence Catalan leaders.  Recent protests have turned violent and have resulted in injuries to some protesters, bystanders and police personnel. October 17: Protests are expected today October 17, at …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Save the Date – Town Hall Meeting in Seville with the Consul General

Embassy of the United States of America Madrid, Spain Consular Agency of the United States of America Seville, Spain Message for U.S. Citizens: Save the Date – Town Hall Meeting in Seville with the Consul General The Embassy is pleased to announce that the Consul General will host a Town Hall meeting for U.S. citizens …

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Demonstration Alert – October 16, 2019

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Significant demonstration activity in Catalonia is expected to continue this week in response to the verdict in the trial of 12 pro-independence Catalan leaders.  Some protests on October 15 included violence. A protest is expected today, October 16, at 7pm at the intersection of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Carrer …

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Demonstration Alert – October 15, 2019

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Significant demonstration activity in Catalonia is expected this week in response to the verdict in the trial of 12 pro-independence Catalan leaders.  There are demonstrations anticipated in Barcelona, Lleida, Tarragona, Girona and other towns in the region.  Most demonstrations are planned around Spanish government offices, including a large gathering on October 15th …

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Security Alert 2– October 14, 2019

Embassy of the United States of America Madrid, Spain Consulate General of the United States of America Barcelona, Spain Security Alert – October 14, 2019 Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  Demonstration activity continues to disrupt services and transportation around Barcelona’s El Prat airport. Roads leading to the airport in some cases have been blocked and some flights …

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Security Alert – October 14, 2019

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  Demonstration activity has disrupted services and transportation around Barcelona’s El Prat airport, including closures of roads leading to the airport. There are reports of conflicts between demonstrators and law enforcement. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. Monitor local media …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona (October 9, 2019)

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  The verdict in the trial of pro-independence Catalan leaders is expected to be announced soon.  Significant demonstration activity may take place throughout Catalonia after the verdict is made public.  In the past, demonstrations have disrupted public transportation and have included gatherings near government facilities. Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more information. …

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Demonstration Alert- U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  Several demonstrations related to Catalonia’s political situation are expected to take place on October 1st.  Additional demonstrations at other locations in Catalonia may also occur. Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more information. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Save the Date – Town Hall Meeting in Tenerife with the Consul General

Embassy of the United States of America Madrid, Spain Consular Agency of the United States of America Islas Canarias, Spain Message for U.S. Citizens: Save the Date – Town Hall Meeting in Tenerife with the Consul General The Embassy is pleased to announce that the Consul General is planning to host a Town Hall meeting …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona Spain, September 18, 2019

Location: Gracia Neighborhood, Barcelona, Spain Event: Local police expect an anarchist protest to take place in the Gracia district of Barcelona in the aftermath of the expulsion of squatters from a building in the neighborhood. The demonstration is planned to begin at Fontana metro station at 7:00 pm and local police expect 250-300 anarchist protesters. …

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Upcoming Event – Consular Staff in Bilbao October 21 and 22, 2019

Location:  Bilbao, Spain  Event:  Consular staff from the U.S. Embassy will be in Bilbao on October 21 and 22, 2019, to provide consular services and assist U.S. citizens.  During the visit, consular staff will: Accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad Provide notary services Answer general questions  Actions to Take: For …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain

Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain (September 16, 2019) Location:  Spain. Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Madrid continues to monitor the ongoing public criminal investigation against Manuel Blanco Vela, an operator of several small tour companies based in Seville, Spain, who is alleged to have targeted U.S. citizen visitors for sexual assault.  Media reports indicate …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S Consulate General, Barcelona, Spain

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  Several demonstrations are expected to take place on Catalonia’s national day, September 11, 2019.  The largest is expected between 4pm and 9pm, beginning at Gran via de les Cortes Catalanes and ending at Plaza Espanya. U.S. citizens should expect traffic and public transportation disruptions throughout the day in downtown Barcelona.  Additional demonstrations …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona Spain, August 25, 2019

Location: Sant Sebastia Beach, Barcelona, Spain Event: Local police have cleared Sant Sebastia beach and cordoned off the area due to a possible explosive device. Actions to Take: Avoid the area around Sant Sebastia beach Monitor local media for updates Be aware of your surroundings. Notify friends and family of your safety  View updates from the …

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Health Alert: Listeriosis in Spain

Location: Spain Event: There have been over one hundred recently confirmed cases of listeriosis in Spain, largely in the Sevilla area.  As of August 23, regional health officials in Andalusia and the Spanish Ministry of Health have identified the suspected source as pork products produced by Magrudis company under the label “La Mecha” and other brands. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain

Location: French-Spanish border from Hendaye to Biarritz in France and areas in and around Irun, Spain . Event: Large demonstrations by the “Gilets Jaunes” (yellow vests) and other political activist groups are expected in advance of and during the G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France on August 24-26. Demonstrations could turn violent. A large police presence is expected in the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain

Location:  Spain.  Event:  U.S. citizens should remain vigilant to the risk of theft and criminal schemes – including pickpocketing in major urban centers and flat tire or pull-over scams on roadways – across Spain. Distraction scams:  In one common scheme, thieves may wave your vehicle over to the side of the road to assist with a flat …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain

Location: Spain Event: The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the risk of petty theft schemes, including pickpocketing in major urban centers and highways across Spain. Thieves may work in teams to distract attention. They may ask whether you have dropped cash on the ground, or offer to clean liquid off of you. In one …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Event Alert – Consular Staff in Santiago de Compostela, June 24-26, 2019

Location:  Santiago de Compostela, Galicia Event:  Staff from the Embassy in Madrid will be in Santiago de Compostela on June 24-26, 2019, to provide consular services and assist U.S. citizens. Actions to Take: For an appointment, please contact the Embassy by email at askacs@state.gov .  In the subject line, please include the type of service or …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Save the Date – Town Hall Meeting in Palma de Mallorca with the Consul General

The Embassy is pleased to announce that the Consul General is planning to host a Town Hall meeting in Palma de Mallorca for U.S. citizens on June 5, 2019, at 7:00 PM. If you would like to attend the Town Hall, please contact us by sending an email to pmagency@state.gov . When contacting us, please provide …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Event Alert – Consular Staff in Ibiza, May 16 and 17, 2019

Upcoming Event Alert – Consular Staff in Ibiza, May 16 and 17, 2019 Location:  Ibiza, Balearic Islands Event:  Staff from the Embassy in Madrid and the Consular Agency in Palma de Mallorca will be in Ibiza on May 16 and 17, 2019, to provide consular services and assist U.S. citizens. Actions to Take: For an …

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Easter Holidays Increased Security Awareness

Location: Spain Event: During the Easter holiday weekend and continuing through the general elections on April 28, 2019, there will be an increased police presence in public areas and at public events throughout Spain.  As noted in the Travel Advisory dated March 18, 2019, terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Spain. Terrorists may attack with …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain

Location: Spain Event: The U.S. Embassy in Madrid has become aware of a public criminal investigation against Manuel Blanco Vela, an operator of several small tour companies based in Seville, Spain, who is alleged to have targeted U.S. citizen visitors for sexual assault. Media reports indicate that numerous American students have filed complaints with the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Save the Date – Town Hall Meeting in Málaga with the Consul General

The Embassy is pleased to announce that Consul General Liza Petrush plans to host a Town Hall meeting for U.S. citizens in Mijas (Málaga) on March 21, 2019, at 12:00 noon. If you would like to attend the Town Hall, please contact us by sending an email to malagacons@state.gov . When contacting us, please provide your …

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Demonstration Alert – February 21

Embassy of the United States of America Madrid, Spain  Consulate General of the United States of America Barcelona, Spain Demonstration Alert – February 21 Location:  Barcelona, Spain   Event:  Several strikes and demonstrations are expected to take place in Barcelona on February 21, 2019, regarding Catalonia’s political situation.  U.S. citizens should expect disruptions to traffic flows …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Save the Date – Town Hall Meeting in Valencia with Ambassador Buchan

The Embassy is pleased to announce that Ambassador Buchan is planning to host a Town Hall meeting for U.S. citizens in Valencia on February 6, 2019, at 6:45 PM. If you would like to attend the Town Hall, please contact us by sending an email to valenciacons@state.gov .  When contacting us, please provide your full name, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain

Consulate General of the United States of America Barcelona, Spain Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain – December 23, 2018 Location:  Barcelona, Spain. Event:  U.S. citizens should exercise heightened caution around areas of vehicle movement, including buses, in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona (Plaza Catalunya to Plaza del Portal de la Pau) …

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Demonstration Alert– U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain- December 20 and 21, 2018

Demonstration Alert – December 20, 2018 Location:  Barcelona, Spain  Event:  Several demonstrations are expected to take place in Barcelona on December 20 and 21, 2018, regarding Catalonia’s political situation.  U.S. citizens should expect disruptions to traffic flows and public transportation.  Additional demonstrations may occur at other locations throughout Catalonia.  Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more …

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Demonstration Alert– U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain- December 21

Demonstration Alert – December 18, 2018  Location:  Barcelona, Spain  Event:  Several demonstrations are expected to take place in Barcelona on December 21, 2018, regarding Catalonia’s political situation.  U.S. citizens should expect disruptions to traffic flows and public transportation.  Additional demonstrations may occur at other locations throughout Catalonia.  Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more information. Even …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain (December 7, 2018)

Location:  Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and surrounding area, Madrid, Spain  Event:  On December 9, 2018, at 19:30 hours, Argentine soccer teams Boca Juniors and River Plate will play the championship game of the South American Tournament – Copa Libertadores – in Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid.  This game was originally scheduled to be played on November …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain (December 3, 2018)

Location:  Spain, countrywide  Event:  During the holiday season security measures in Spain remain heightened because of ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners.  …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain

November 7, 2018 Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: The U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona alerts U.S. citizens that local authorities have discovered a suspicious package at Sants Station in Barcelona. The Embassy has advised its personnel to avoid the area until the situation is resolved. You should avoid the area, maintain a high level of vigilance, take …

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Weather Alert – US Embassy Madrid, Spain

Location: Mainland Spain and outlying islands Event: Hurricane Leslie is expected to impact portions of mainland Spain between 08:00 pm on Saturday October 13th through Sunday, October 14th. Spanish authorities are warning people to expect high winds, heavy rainfall and possible flooding. Please follow local weather updates for your location and check our website:  https://es.usembassy.gov For …

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Demonstration Alert – October 11 and 12, 2018

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  A demonstration against toll road requirements is expected to take place on October 11 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, from the Port of Barcelona to El Papiol, along the B10, B-23 and A-2 highways. Other area highways may be affected.  U.S. citizens should expect traffic disruptions. Parades and demonstrations are also expected to take place in Madrid and Barcelona regarding the …

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Demonstration Alert – September 28 to October 1, 2018

Location:  Madrid and Barcelona, Spain Event:  Several demonstrations are expected to take place in Madrid and Barcelona from September 28 through October 1, 2018.  U.S. citizens should expect potential disruptions to traffic flows and public transportation.  Additional demonstrations may occur at other locations around Spain, including in Catalonia due to the Catalan political situation. Please …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain (September 11, 2018)

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  Several demonstrations are expected to take place on Catalonia’s national day, September 11, 2018, beginning at 10:00am, regarding Catalonia’s political situation.  Additional demonstrations at other locations in Catalonia may also occur.  Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more information. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain (August 21, 2018)

Location: Spain Event: The U.S. Embassy in Madrid reminds U.S. citizens that Spain is currently at a level 2 Advisory: exercise increased caution due to terrorism. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public areas. U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal …

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Demonstration Alert – July 27, 2018

Location: Barcelona and Madrid, Spain Event: Taxi demonstrations and strikes have disrupted traffic in downtown Barcelona, around Barcelona El-Prat airport, and Barajas airport and Atocha train station in Madrid. U.S. citizens should expect potential traffic disruptions in the area and are reminded to exercise caution in the vicinity of large gatherings. Even peaceful demonstrations have the potential to …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Demonstration on July 25th beginning at 11:00am until approximately 2:30pm. The demonstration is led by various taxi unions and will begin at the Arco de Triunfo to proceed along Calle Mallorca to the Delegacion de Gobierno. U.S. citizens should expect potential traffic disruptions in the area and are reminded to exercise …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain

The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens, including children.  Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings.  In the past they have used knives, guns, and vehicles as ramming devices.  They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public venues. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  On Sunday, April 15, 2018, a large demonstration is expected to take place from Plaza Espanya along Avenida Paral-el, concluding at Palaudáries port.  It is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. and last for three hours. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of the demonstration. Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings …

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Demonstrations Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain

Location: U.S. Embassy, Madrid, Spain Event: On Friday, April 13, 2018, a demonstration associated with the Summit of the Americas occurring April 13-14 in Lima, Peru, is expected to take place outside the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Approximately 200 people are expected to participate in the demonstration, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain (March 26, 2018)

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place in Barcelona today, March 26, 2018, and may occur there and in other areas of Spain over the next few days. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in the vicinity of large gatherings. Even peaceful demonstrations have the potential to turn violent without warning. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain (March 23, 2018)

Location: U.S. Embassy, Calle Serrano 75, Madrid, Spain Event: On Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., a demonstration is expected outside the U.S. Embassy in Madrid to protest U.S., Russian, and Turkish policy in Afrin, Syria. The demonstration is expected to last approximately one hour and involve approximately 100 demonstrators. The demonstrators plan to begin the …

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Alert: Unauthorized Demonstrations in Madrid March 16, 2018

Location: Lavapies neighborhood, Madrid, Spain Event:  Social media reports that unauthorized demonstrations and protests are expected to take place in Madrid in the neighborhood of Lavapies on 3/16/2018 beginning at 18:00.  The demonstrations follow clashes between local authorities and neighbors after the death of a street vendor.  These protests are not directed at the U.S. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution, December 7, 2017

Africa East Asia and Pacific Europe Middle East and North Africa South Asia and Central Asia Western Hemisphere As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: October 3rd, 2017

Message for U.S. Citizens: General Strike on October 3rd, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona inform U.S. citizens that a general strike is scheduled to begin in Catalonia beginning on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Expect possible disruptions to public transportation and other services. We encourage U.S. citizens to …

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Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Barcelona and Cambrils Terrorist Attack

This message updates the Emergency and Security Messages the U.S. Consulate in Barcelona sent on August 17 and August 18 informing U.S. Citizens that terrorist attacks occurred in Barcelona and in Cambrils, Spain.  Spanish media reports that Spanish authorities are still searching for the individual who drove the vehicle involved in the terrorist attack in …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Terrorist Attack in Cambrils, Spain

The U.S. Consulate in Barcelona is informing U.S. Citizens that a terrorist attack has occurred in Cambrils, Spain, approximately 75 miles south of Barcelona. Spanish authorities report that a vehicle and explosives were used in the attack. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid unnecessary travel around the immediate area and to follow local media and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Barcelona Las Ramblas Terrorist Attack

This message updates the Emergency Message the U.S. Consulate in Barcelona sent on August 17 informing U.S. Citizens that a likely terrorist attack has occurred at Las Ramblas close to Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona.  Spanish media report the areas in and around Las Ramblas have been blocked off.  There are also reports that two individuals …

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