Official account for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. We issue U.S. passports, visas for travel to the U.S., and help U.S. citizens who run into trouble overseas.
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Terrorist Attacks – Latest Information
In the wake of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and continued terrorist threats against France and Europe detailed in the Department’s Worldwide Caution, we strongly urge U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks in Europe will continue as European members of ISIL return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat in Europe from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.
In this context, U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance in public transportation systems, high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations. U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Specific safety concerns should be addressed to French law enforcement authorities who have responsibility for the safety and security of all visitors to France.
We strongly suggest U.S. citizens in France directly contact concerned family members in the United States to advise them of your safety.
The French government continues to operate under a state of emergency.
The state of emergency allows the government to prevent the circulation of individuals and to create zones of protection and security. There are reinforced measures throughout the communes in the Ile de France region. These allow for house arrest of any person whose activities are deemed dangerous, the closure of theaters and meeting places, the surrender of weapons, and the possibility of administrative house searches.
The U.S. Embassy will be open for business including visa and citizen services on Monday, November 16, 2015.
French schools will be open on Monday, November 16.
Airports and train stations remain open, however travelers may expect delays due to heightened security measures. We encourage travelers to contact transport companies for the latest information and to arrive at airports and train stations early.
The French Government has decided to re-establish border controls and movement may be restricted in some areas.
Public transportation is operational, however some bus, metro, and tram lines are running on modified routes. For the latest information, please visit ratp.fr.
Public events in Paris have been cancelled, and public monuments, tourist sites, and many retail outlets may remain closed. The American Battle Monuments Commission has temporarily closed U.S. cemeteries in France.
US citizens in France and those traveling to any country or planning to travel, enroll in STEP for emergency messaging https://step.state.gov/STEP/Index.aspx