Message for U.S. Citizens – Absentee Voting Week is September 27 – October 4, 2020

Message for U.S. Citizens – Absentee Voting Week is September 27 – October 4, 2020 (September 14, 2020) Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In preparation for Absentee Voting Week, U.S. Embassy Madrid and U.S. Consulate General Barcelona will …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Several demonstrations are expected to take place in Barcelona and at other locations throughout Catalonia on Catalonia’s national day, September 11, 2020.  U.S. citizens should expect traffic and public transportation disruptions throughout the day in downtown Barcelona.  Demonstrations in the region in the recent past have become violent.  Please see our …

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COVID-19 Information

(UPDATED September 9, 2020) Country-Specific Information: Spain is experiencing increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with regional and local governments implementing new restrictions to reduce or slow down further spread of the virus. Restrictions related to COVID-19 are in effect throughout Spain and vary by region. U.S. citizens should monitor regional government social media and …

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Travel Alert – Spain Travel Advisory: Level 3: Reconsider travel. – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Location:  Spain – Level 3:  Reconsider Travel Event:  Reconsider travel to Spain due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Spain due to terrorism. Exercise increased caution in Barcelona and Catalonia due to civil unrest. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Spain due …

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Health Alert – Update on Specific Measures Implemented in Catalonia and Aragon in Response to Outbreaks Detected in Both Regions

Health Alert – Update on Specific measures implemented in Catalonia and Aragon in response to outbreaks detected in both regions. – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (18 July 2020) Location: Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event: Due to outbreaks detected, the regional governments of Catalonia and Aragon have approved specific measures to contain …

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Health Alert – Update on Operating Status for Consular Services and Travel between the United States and Spain

Health Alert – Update on Operating Status for Consular Services and Travel between the United States and Spain – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (25 June 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  We have resumed limited citizenship services for U.S. citizens at the Embassy in Madrid, the Consulate General in Barcelona, and …

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Health Alert: Update on Operating Status for Consular Services and Travel to the United States – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – Update on Operating Status for Consular Services and Travel to the United States – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (25 June 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  We are gradually resuming some services for U.S. citizens at the Embassy in Madrid, the Consulate General in Barcelona, and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2020 U.S. Elections

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may obtain your ballot by email, fax, or online. Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to …

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Health  Alert – End of Nationwide State of Alarm on June 21 – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health  Alert – End of Nationwide State of Alarm on June 21 – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (18 June 2020) Location: Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  End of State of Alarm on June 21 The last day of Spain’s nationwide State of Alarm is Saturday, June 20.  On June 21, the Spanish government will lift the …

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Health Alert – Resumption of Mail-in Adult Passport Renewal Services – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health  Alert – Resumption of Mail-in Adult Passport Renewal Services – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (11 June 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  With the gradual resumption of passport operations in the United States, we are now accepting adult passport renewal applications by mail. Please see our  website  for more information on the process and …

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Health  Alert – Extension of State of Alarm to June 21 – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona 

Health  Alert – Extension of State of Alarm to June 21 – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (5 June 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The State of Alarm will remain in effect until June 21. The Spanish government is gradually relaxing confinement measures in phases. These measures will vary from region to region. At this time, Spain’s borders remain closed to …

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Health Alert – Travel to Spain during the State of Alarm and De-escalation Phases – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – Travel to Spain during the State of Alarm and De-escalation Phases – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (June 2, 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  Your best source of information about Spanish travel limitations and immigration requirements is the Spanish government. If you are in the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – Update to Self-Quarantine Requirement for Travelers Arriving in Spain; Only Emergency Services Available at the Embassy and Consulate General – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (29 May 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period for inbound travelers will remain in effect through June …

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Health Alert – Extension of Nationwide State of Alarm until at least June 7 – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – Extension of Nationwide State of Alarm until at least June 7 – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (22 May 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  Spain’s nationwide State of Alarm will remain in effect until at least June 7. The Spanish government is gradually relaxing some confinement …

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Health Alert – New Spanish Government Instructions Regarding Immigration Issues – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – New Spanish Government Instructions Regarding Immigration Issues – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (May 21, 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The Government of Spain has published new instructions regarding  the stay of foreigners in Spain during the State of Alarm due to COVID-19.  The information below, pulled from the new instructions, may be helpful for U.S. citizens in Spain with questions about their …

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Health  Alert – New Spanish Government Requirement: Use of Masks in Public Spaces – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health  Alert – New Spanish Government Requirement: Use of Masks in Public Spaces – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (20 May 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event: A  new order  (in Spanish) from the Ministry of Health requires that face masks be used by everyone age six or older in enclosed spaces and public areas …

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Health Alert – Spanish Borders Remain Closed; Self-Quarantine Requirement for Travelers Arriving in Spain

Health Alert – Spanish Borders Remain Closed; Self-Quarantine Requirement for Travelers Arriving in Spain – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (14 May 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The Ministry of Interior extended an order closing Spain’s borders through May 23. The Ministry of Health established a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  Register to Vote and Request Your Absentee Ballot at FVAP.gov

Message for U.S. citizens (May 12, 2020):  Register to vote and request your absentee ballot at FVAP.gov   Register to vote and request your absentee ballot at FVAP.gov U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (12 May 2020) Register to vote and request your absentee ballot at FVAP.gov now for the states below: The following states have elections …

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Health  Alert – Extension of Nationwide State of Alarm until May 24

Health  Alert – Extension of Nationwide State of Alarm until May 24 – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (07 May 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  Spain’s nationwide State of Alarm will remain in effect until May 24. The Spanish government has announced plans to gradually relax some confinement measures in phases over …

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Health  Alert – Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health  Alert – Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (4 May 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020.  The U.S. Department of the …

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Health Alert – Nationwide State of Alarm and Gradual De-escalation Plan – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – Nationwide State of Alarm and Gradual De-escalation Plan – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (30 April 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  Spain’s nationwide State of Alarm will remain in effect through May 9. The Spanish government has announced plans to gradually relax some confinement measures in …

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Health Alert – Extension of the Nationwide State of Alarm – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – Extension of the Nationwide State of Alarm – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (20 April, 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The Spanish government likely will extend the current State of Alarm through May 9. Media report some restrictions may be eased between April 27 and …

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Health Alert – Notarial Services during the State of Alarm – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

16 April 2020 Location:  Spain – Level 4: Do Not Travel Event:  Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, on March 12, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona began to limit operations. We will not provide routine, non-emergency services during the State of Alarm, which …

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Health Alert – Remain Vigilant for COVID-19 Related Scams – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – Remain Vigilant for COVID-19 Related Scams – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (8 April 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Cyber actors …

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Health Alert – Potential Delays in Passport Processing – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert –  Potential Delays in Passport Processing – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (7 April 2020) Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel  Event:  Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, on March 20, the U.S. Department of State began to limit its passport operations.  Effective April 2, the Department of State further limited its passport operations.  This may affect processing of non-emergency passport and Consular …

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Health Alert – Extension of State of Alarm to April 26 – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (6 April 2020)  Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The Spanish government likely will extend the current State of Alarm to April 26, continuing to severely restrict the movement of people and transportation within the country in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.  Embassy Madrid and Consulate General Barcelona have canceled all appointments for …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – Limited Flight Options to Return to the United States – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (3 April. 2020)   Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel  Event:  Flight options from Spain to the United States – even through third countries – are increasingly scarce. U.S. citizens in Spain who wish to return to the United States should make commercial flight arrangements now or be prepared to remain in Spain for an indefinite period. Consider booking …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (2 April 2020)  Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The nationwide State of Alarm in response to the COVID-19 outbreak will continue until at least April 11 across Spain. U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless you are …

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Health Alert – Change in Operating Hours – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (1 April 2020)  Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  We are operating with reduced staffing and office hours across Spain, in line with the Spanish government’s directive to limit movement within the country to contain the spread of COVID-19. The consular sections of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (31 March 2020)  Location: Spain – Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: The majority of hotels and other accommodation across Spain closed March 27. Late March 30, the Government of Spain released an updated list of accommodations allowed to remain open under the State of Alarm in effect through April 11. The list, broken down …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (30 March 2020)  Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  Through April 9, the Spanish government is further restricting the operation of non-essential businesses and the movement of employees within the country.  Essential services  will continue and include transportation, banking, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare, among others. However, provision of some of these services – including transportation – remains …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (27 March 2020)  Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel  Event:  We are operating with reduced staffing and reduced office hours across Spain, in line with the Spanish government’s directive to limit movement within the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.   U.S. Embassy Madrid and U.S. Consulate General Barcelona are providing …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (26 March 2020)  Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The current countrywide State of Alarm in Spain has been extended until April 11, 2020.  The State of Alarm significantly restricts the movement of individuals and transportation.  Many other countries in the European Schengen zone have implemented similar measures to help prevent further spread of COVID19.  These measures have significantly reduced travel options for U.S. citizens who wish to return …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (25 March 2020)  Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Event:  The current countrywide State of Alarm in Spain is expected to be extended through April 11, 2020.  The State of Alarm significantly restricts the movement of individuals and transportation.  Many other countries in the European Schengen zone have implemented similar …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (22 March 2020)  Location:  Spain – Level 4: Do Not Travel   Event: The current countrywide State of Alarm that severely restricts the movement of people and goods, as well as most commercial activity, very likely will be extended through April 12, 2020.  U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (20 March 2020)  Location:  Spain – Level 4: Do Not Travel Event: On March 20, the Government of Spain ordered the closure of all hotels, hostels, and similar establishments before March 26. The U.S. government cannot provide housing to U.S. citizens in Spain. Options to return to the United States from Spain using …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Location:  Spain Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high. On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post worldwide of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (10 March 2020) Location:  Spain Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide.  On March 10, 2020, the Spanish Ministry of Health announced …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Spain

February 26, 2020 Location:  Spain Event:  The Spanish Ministry of Health reports that it is currently testing some suspected cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread among Tenerife (Canary Islands), Madrid, Catalonia, and Valencia.  Affected individuals are in isolation, following Spanish medical protocols.  These are in addition to the two cases that were previously confirmed …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain

Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain (February 3, 2020) Location:  Spain Event:  The Spanish Ministry of Interior reports a steady increase in the number of sexual assaults nationally over the past five years.  This includes a rise in sexual assault against young U.S. citizen visitors and students throughout Spain.  U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault in Spain can find it very difficult to …

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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 Málaga on January 28, 2020, at 7:00 pm. If you would like to attend the Town Hall, please send an email to malagacons@state.gov .  When contacting us, please provide your full name, U.S. passport …

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

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 Málaga on January 28, 2020, at 7:00 pm. If you would like to attend the Town …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain

Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain (January 7, 2020)   Location: Spain  Event:  Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep …

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Demonstration Alert – December 18, 2019

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Several groups have announced demonstrations around the “Clasico” soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF today, December 18, 2019.  The demonstrations will likely begin at 4:00pm in the vicinity of Camp Nou, the FC Barcelona stadium. A large police presence is expected outside of the stadium.  These demonstrations present the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain

02 December 2019 Location:  Spain, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Spain remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Violent extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona

Location: Barcelona Event:  Several large demonstrations are expected in Barcelona in the days before and after the Spanish national election on Sunday, November 10: Friday, November 8: A demonstration related to the presence of the acting president of Spain is expected at 6:30 pm near the Fira Barcelona Montjuic convention center in the Plaça Espanya/Montjuic …

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Security Alert – October 25, 2019

Location: Barcelona Event:  A large demonstration is expected tomorrow, October 26 at 5pm at Carrer de la Marina.  Another is planned for October 27 from 12pm-230pm at the intersection of Passeig de Gracia and Carrer Provença. Other spontaneous demonstrations may occur this weekend and many have recently taken place in front of government offices. U.S. …

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Security Alert – October 24, 2019

Location: Barcelona Event:  A demonstration is expected today, October 24 at 6:30 pm beginning in Plaza Universidad and moving to Plaza Sant Jaume via Via Laietana. Other spontaneous demonstrations may occur and many have recently taken place in front of government offices. Similar demonstrations last week turned violent. Dozens of injuries occurred and arrests were made. …

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Security Alert – October 20, 2019

Location: Barcelona Event:  A demonstration is expected today, October 20 at 6pm in front of the Delegacion del Gobierno, Carrer de Mallorca 278. Other spontaneous demonstrations are likely to occur in Barcelona and throughout Catalonia and many have recently taken place in front of government offices. Recent demonstrations have turned violent. Dozens of injuries have been reported …

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Security Alert – October 19, 2019

Location: Barcelona, Catalonia Event: Recent demonstrations in Barcelona and across Catalonia have turned violent. Protesters have set fires, vandalized public and private property and attacked security forces. Dozens of injuries have been reported and arrests have been made.  A demonstration is expected today, October 19 at 6pm in Plaza Urquinaona. Recent violent protest activity has taken place …

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Security Alert – October 18, 2019

Location: Barcelona 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. On October 18, from 6pm to 9pm a large …

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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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