State Dept Travel Advisory - Level 2

Level 2 Travel Advisory Issued for Americans Visiting Italy

Americans visiting Italy should exercise increased caution says the US State Department

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A Level 2 Travel Advisory was issued by the US State Department on December 31, 2018, for Americans visiting Italy. 

This Level 2 Travel Advisory, Exercise Increased Precaution, says terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Italy. 

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

This is important news since approximately 48 million people visited Italy during 2017.   

If you decide to travel to Italy, U.S. citizens should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations, and follow these recommendations: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and large crowded public venues,
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities including movement restrictions related to any police action,
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Previously, on December 19, 2018, the US Embassy in Milan, Italy issued a demonstration notice for visiting Americans. 

If Americans need assistance during their visit to Italy, they can contact the Embassy by calling +(39) 02 290 351 or +(39) 06.46741. 

Additionally, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 1 Travel Alert during May 2018, saying American travelers to France should ensure they are immunized against measles.   

This CDC warning is related to an ongoing measles virus outbreak in various sections of Italy and throughout Europe. 

Recommended:

On November 16th, 2018, Italy's Health Ministry announced a measles prevention plan that would keep obligatory vaccinations in place for children between the ages of 0-16 year-olds.   

The announcement comes after a spike in the number of measles cases in Italy exceeded 2,700 during 2018. 

Measles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia, and even death. It is caused by a highly-contagious virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing says the CDC. 

Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. 

Additionally, the CDC suggests Americans visiting Italy should be up-to-date on routine vaccines, such as diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella, polio, hepatitis, and the annual influenza vaccination.   

Americans can schedule a pre-trip counseling session with a local pharmacy in the USA at Vax-Before-Travel.   

And, vaccine discounts can be found here.   

Vaccines, like any medication, can cause side effects, says the CDC.