Tourists in Barcelona be aware : Terror Alert issued by U.S. authorities

A Moroccan in his 30's is planning a truck or bus ramming attack in Barcelona. This is stated on a tweet posted today. Barcelona is a travel and tourism city and is under high terror alert this Christmas. Catalan police have received a tip-off warning of a possible terror threat to the city of Barcelona.

Tourists in Barcelona be aware : Terror Alert issued by U.S. authorities

A Moroccan in his 30’s is planning a truck or bus ramming attack in Barcelona. This is stated on a tweet posted today. Barcelona is a travel and tourism city and is under high terror alert this Christmas. Catalan police have received a tip-off warning of a possible terror threat to the city of Barcelona.

The U.S. embassy issued this alert on their website for Spain and Andorra for American visitors to the city.

U.S. citizens should exercise heightened caution around areas of vehicle movement, including buses, in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona (Plaza Catalunya to Plaza del Portal de la Pau) during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

We remind U.S. citizens that Spain is currently at a Level 2 Travel Advisory:  exercise increased caution due to terrorism.  Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public areas.  U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security.

Actions to Take:


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  • Avoid the area.
  • Exercise additional vigilance at holiday festivals and events.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in public places, including at churches, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, and on public and private transportation.
  • Follow instructions and view updates from police and government authorities (see below).
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Know how to use the local phone system. Dial “112” to reach emergency services throughout Spain. There is always an English-speaker on duty.

Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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