|Worldwide Caution - Public Announcement
January 5, 2001
The Department of State remains concerned about the possibility for
terrorist actions against United States citizens and interests throughout
the world. American citizens are reminded of the need to remain
with regard to their personal security. This Public Announcement
is not in
response to any one particular threat or event but to emphasize the
Government's ongoing concern for the security of Americans overseas.
The Department of State continues to receive reports that prompt concern
about the safety and security of both official U.S. Government personnel
private American citizens worldwide. As always, we take this
seriously. As a result, U.S. Government facilities worldwide
remain at a
heightened state of alert. In addition, U.S. Government facilities
will continue to temporarily close or suspend public services as necessary
to review their security posture and ensure its adequacy.
In light of the above, U.S. citizens are urged to maintain a high level
vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security
to reduce their vulnerability. Americans should maintain a low
vary routes and times for all required travel, and treat mail and packages
from unfamiliar sources with suspicion. In addition, American citizens
also urged to avoid contact with any suspicious, unfamiliar objects,
report their presence to local authorities. Vehicles should not
unattended, if at all possible, and should be kept locked at all times.
U.S. Government personnel overseas have been advised to take the same
U.S. citizens planning to travel abroad should consult the Department
State's Public Announcements, Travel Warnings, Consular Information
and regional travel brochures, all of which are available at the Consular
Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov. We will
provide updated information should it become available. American
overseas may contact the American Citizens Services unit of the nearest
Embassy or Consulate by telephone or fax for up-to-date information
security conditions. In addition, American citizens in need of
assistance should telephone the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate before
visiting the Embassy or Consulate.
This Public Announcement replaces the Public Announcement - Worldwide
Caution of October 12, 2000, and it expires on June 7, 2001.
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