The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Switzerland and Liechtenstein to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security going into the travel season this summer. Terrorist groups continue to plot attacks in Europe. European authorities continue to warn of additional attacks on major events, tourist sites, educational institutions, and venues open to the public, including hospitals, restaurants, commercial centers, places of worship, and the transportation sector. There may be heightened security at notable public venues.
If you are traveling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages. Review security information from local officials, who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors in their host country. U.S. citizens should also:
- Follow the instructions of local authorities. 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.
- Have an emergency plan of action ready.
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Europe Travel Alert, Worldwide Caution, and Switzerland Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- If necessary, contact the U.S. Embassy in Bern, which is located at Sulgeneckstrasse 19 in Bern and is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (except U.S. federal and Switzerland holidays). If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is: 031 357 7011. To contact the American Citizen Services section, please e-mail us at BernACS@state.gov.
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