Security Message for U.S. Citizens, October 27, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstrations Regarding Catalan Political Situation

October 27, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona inform U.S. citizens that demonstrations related to the evolving political situation in Catalonia are expected to continue in the coming days and weeks, including today near the Catalan Parliament in Barcelona.

U.S. citizens should be aware of the increased police presence throughout the region, and keep in mind that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings.

U.S. citizens traveling or residing in affected areas, including Barcelona, should expect possible disruptions to public transportation and other services.  We encourage U.S. citizens to check for updates at the following Twitter accounts of local authorities:  Mossos d’Esquadra, Guardia Civil, Spanish National Police, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, Guardia Urbana de Barcelona, Rodalies Catalunya, Emergencies Catalunya, Catalan Transit Services.

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  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Spain’s Country Specific Information.
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  • Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, located at Paseo Reina Elisenda, in the neighborhood of Sarria at + (34) 93-280-2227, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or via email at The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is + (34) 91-587-2200.
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