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 demonstration is expected at Jardinets de Gracia in the Gracia district of Barcelona. Other spontaneous demonstrations are likely to occur; many have recently taken place in front of government offices. Protests could affect services at the Barcelona airport over the weekend.

Calls for a general strike on October 18 also continue to affect public transportation and other services in Barcelona. U.S. citizens should expect significant disruptions to transportation in and around the city of Barcelona and are encouraged to use the resources below to make informed travel decisions.

Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more information as well as the resources below.

Actions to Take:

• Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
• Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
• Monitor local media for updates.
• Consider alternate means of transportation.
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Keep a low profile.
• Notify friends and family of your safety.

The Barcelona tourism office has set up a telephone line for tourists that are seeking information on what public services have been affected by the situation: +34 93 285 3834. For the latest information on travel disruptions, visit https://twitter.com/emergenciescat; English translation is available.

U.S. citizens may monitor English-language Spanish media at the following website:
https://elpais.com/agr/catalonia_independence/a/

Airport and flight information : http://www.aena.es/en/passengers/passengers.html
Public Transportation information: https://twitter.com/TMB_Barcelona, https://www.tmb.cat/es/barcelona/como-llegar and https://www.tmb.cat/es/-/avis-2019-afectacions-18octubre-bus-metro-barcelona

Also, view updates on Twitter, Facebook and Official Websites from the Mossos d’Esquadra (Regional Police), Barcelona City Police, Spanish National Police and Guardia Civil:

Mossos d’Esquadra (Regional Police)
Barcelona City Police
https://twitter.com/spanishpolice?lang=en
https://www.facebook.com/PoliciaNacional/?fref=ts
https://www.policia.es/
https://twitter.com/guardiacivil?lang=en
https://www.facebook.com/GuardiaCivil.es/
http://www.guardiacivil.es/en/servicios/atencionciudadano_1/index.html

Assistance:
· U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain
+34-915-872-200
AskACS@state.gov
https://es.usembassy.gov

· U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain
+34-932-802-227
BarcelonaACS@state.gov
https://es.usembassy.gov

· State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

· Spain Country Information

· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.

· Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.