Travel Alert - Qu'ran Burning
The Department of State is issuing this Travel Alert to caution U.S.
citizens of the potential for anti-U.S. demonstrations in many countries
in response to stated plans by a church in Florida to burn Qur'ans on
the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Demonstrations, some violent, have already taken place in several
countries, including and , in response to media
reports of the church's plans. The potential for further protests and
demonstrations, some of which may turn violent, remains high. We urge
you to pay attention to local reaction to the situation, and to avoid
areas where demonstrations may take place. This Travel Alert expires on
September 30, 2010.
We also remind you of the continuing threat to U.S. interests and
citizens posed by various terrorist groups, as outlined in the
Department's Worldwide Caution.
U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to register with
the nearest U.S. Embassy or through the State Department's
travel registration website at in order that they can obtain updated
information on travel and security. U.S. citizens without Internet
access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or
Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.
U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of
alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend
public services to assess their security posture. In those instances,
U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide
emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to
monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S.
Embassy or Consulate.
As the continues to develop information on potential
security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat
information through its , such as
the Worldwide Caution, and Travel Alerts as well as
Country Information, which are available on the website at http://travel.state.gov/. In addition to
information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information
on security conditions by calling toll-free in the United
States and Canada or, outside the United States and Canada, on a regular
toll line at . These numbers are available from 8:00 am
to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal