Europe Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL. Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

U.S. citizens should also:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Slovakia enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or nearest U.S. Consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Slovakia. For additional information, refer to Traveler’s Checklist on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is located at Hviezdoslavovo námestie #4, between the Czech Embassy and the Hotel Carlton. The Consular Section is open from 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday except Slovak and U.S. official holidays. To contact us, call +421-2-5443-0861, or e-mail us at consulbratislava@state.gov.

If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +421-903-703-666 outside business hours, or call +421-2-5443-0861, and press “0” to speak with an operator.