|by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Paris, Safety and Security||0|
We stand in solidarity with the brave citizens of France and with those affected not only by acts of terror in Paris but also the unthinkable attacks in Beirut and with all those who continue to suffer in the ongoing conflict in Syria. In the firm belief that the world continues to move forward toward a more peaceful and just future for all, we offer safety tips from the U.S. State Department for U.S. travelers:
The State Department urges U.S. citizens traveling abroad to maintain “a high level of vigilance,” which includes being aware of local events, monitoring media and local news sources, and when appropriate, limiting activities to the essentials.
Airports and train stations in France are open, but travelers can expect delays because of heightened security measures. Contact transportation companies (airlines, railroads) to stay up to date. Some border points may also be subject to heightened security and restricted movement.
If you’re planning on using public transportation such as buses, the metro, or trams, visit ratp.fr for the latest information.
The State Department offers the following links for more information:
* Contact the U.S. Embassy in Paris, located at 2 Avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris, at +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22 or by email at Citizeninfo@state.gov. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22.
* Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).