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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Paris (France), Hostage Situations in Paris Region

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The U.S. Embassy in Paris is aware of reports of two hostage situations in the Paris region, including one near Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport and another near Port de Vincennes.  Local authorities are actively responding to all reported events.  The Government of France has extended the heightened terror alert to parts of northern France.  International schools and other institutions are reviewing their security posture and making changes as appropriate.

Law enforcement activities may result in travel disruptions, including but not limited to metro lines, trains, airport operations, as well as traffic circulation. Information available as of 3:45 PM local time indicates that travel on the Peripherique road near Porte de Vincennes is disrupted, and public transportation serving the Porte de Vincennes area may not be operating normally.


We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. Given the fluidity of these situations, U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and the French government’s Ministry of Interior website, which is in French, for the latest information on security conditions. 


We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling or residing in France enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.


Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for France. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

United States Embassy
American Citizen Services Unit
4, avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08
Telephone in France: 01 43 12 22 22
Telephone from U.S.: (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22
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