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 and arrests have been made. There is a high potential for further clashes during this demonstration.

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the areas of demonstrations. 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.
  • 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_Barcelonahttps://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