Potential terrorist attacks in Europe this summer
The Department of State has issued a Travel Alert cautioning U.S. citizens about the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation.
The alert expires August 31, 2016.
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Visit Kuwait and give them some of your DNA
Kuwait is about to become the first nation in the world to require mandatory DNA samples from everyone in the country.
Starting later this year everyone living in or visiting Kuwait will be required to provide a DNA sample. This includes all 1.3 million citizens, 2.9 million foreign residents and all visitors. Visitors mean anyone arriving in the country for a short stay such as business travelers and tourists.
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Waiting to hear from everybody in the EU
The EU objected to the fact that 5 of the 28 member states are not part of the Visa Waiver Program and threatened to require that US citizens obtain visas to travel to Europe.
The EU met on April 12 to decide what to do. Their decision is give the European Parliament and the 28 member governments until July 12 for to offer advice on what the next step should be.
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US citizens heading to Europe may have to apply for a visa before travelling
Today, you can travel to any of the 28 countries that are members of the European Union (EU) for up to 90 days without a visa.
That may change soon.
The EU is meeting on April 12 to decide if they are going to change the rule and require citizens of the United States and Canada to get a visa to travel to any EU country.
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We cannot allow fear to dictate our travels
The world is a scary place. And it gets scarier if you are thinking about traveling to another country. Especially travel to a country where a terrorist attack has occurred.
We have seen the horrible and frightening terrorist attacks in Brussels, Turkey, and Paris. More people are asking, should I travel to another country?
Let me telling you how I answer that question. My wife and I are traveling to Spain in a few weeks. One of my sons is going to Ireland on a study abroad program this summer. Two of my brothers-in-law are going to Greece and Italy. My sister’s work for the US government involves trips to Africa. And my brother lives and works for a US company in Angola.
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How to stay out of trouble if you travel to dictatorship country
North Korea sentenced an American college student to 15 years of hard labor for “crimes against the state.” The 21-year-old student from the University of Virginia was found guilty for attempting to steal a political banner from his hotel in Pyongyang.
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Still more time to comply
I previously posted about the likelihood that Homeland Security would finally implement the REAL ID Act in 2016. But last month we all received one more reprieve.
Continue reading REAL ID Extended to 2018
Zika is likely to spread explosively throughout the Americas.
On January 18, I wrote about the Zika virus and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation that pregnant women not travel to 14 Latin American countries. I did not anticipate how rapidly the virus would spread and its potential to become an epidemic.
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The death of 3 Columbia students in Honduras highlights the need to improve study abroad safety
The death of 3 Columbia students in Honduras highlights the importance of keeping students on study abroad safe during their travel. I have written before about what universities must do to protect their student.
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Pregnant women should NOT travel to 14 Latin American countries
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a travel alert recommending pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant NOT travel to 14 Latin American countries and territories because of the spread of Zika virus by mosquitoes.
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