TRAVEL WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES:
Please be sure to visit the Department of State Website (www.travel.state.gov) for the most current travel advisories and warnings.
The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated July 29, 2015.
In August 2014, after the United States and regional partners commenced military action against ISIL, ISIL called on supporters to attack foreigners wherever they are. Authorities believe there is a continued likelihood of reprisal attacks against U.S., Western, and coalition partner interests throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Turkey: Updated July 29, 2016
The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. Foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations. Europe extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, aviation services, transportation systems, and public venues where people congregate as well as religious sites and high-profile events. U.S. citizens are reminded to review personal security plans and remain vigilant at all times.
SAUDI ARABIA: Updated July 29, 2016
The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens carefully consider the risks of travel to Saudi Arabia due to continuing ISIL (Da’esh) directed or inspired attacks across the Kingdom. Furthermore, continuing violence in neighboring countries such as Yemen has a high potential to spill over into Saudi Arabia.
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New York's LaGuardia Airport:
As you may or may not know. New York's LaGuardia airport (LGA) has begun a four-year, $4-billion-dollar redevelopment program to completely reshape the airport. Being one of the main hubs of New York City and surrounding suburbs, closing it would not have been logical, as the existing terminal B services almost 15 million travelers annually. As LaGuardia has little public transportation, traveling to the airport has already become a trying experience for many. Last week, there were several days where it was taking two to four hours to reach the terminals, causing some travelers to ditch rental cars and walk several miles to the airport. Many carriers have been advising travelers to give themselves four hours to travel from Manhattan to the airport. Even Uber was refusing rides to or from the airport. Also, because many travelers are arriving late for their flights, time-balanced security checkpoints are backing up, causing more angst for travelers. If you have travelers flying into or out of New York's LaGuardia, have them visit http://laguardiaairport.com/traveladvisories/ to stay on top of any last-minute changes to roads, parking, pick up and drop off areas and cell phone lots. From there, you can also sign up to receive emailed alerts. If you, or someone you know, travel to LGA often, I suggest you sign up for these alerts. To add to this situation, New York Port Authority has begun construction on the main roadway into New York's JFK Airport as well. For JFK, they are suggesting people drop off at a JFK AirTrain station versus attempting to drive into the airport. Remember, Newark (EWR) is a viable alternative.
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Hundreds of workers at Chicago O'Hare International Airport plan to strike on Tuesday, November 29.. Janitors, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants want a wage of $15 an hour. Some are paid minimum wage, $8.25 an hour in Illinois. The strike would not affect more critical workers, like air traffic controllers and security screeners.
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New Passport Applications or Passport Renewals: The State Department is expecting an increase in passport applications for renewals through 2018. Submit your passport application well ahead of your planned travel dates in order to avoid possible delays!
In 2007, there was an unprecedented surge in passport applications, issuing over 18 million passports as a result of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Nearly ten years later, those passports are beginning to expire, and we have been experiencing increased demand for passport renewals. The increased demand is expected to continue through 2018.