Article by
Dani Reiter
Updated
October 19th, 2019

Barcelona’s Security Alerts Continue

Spain security and travel advisories updated by Canada, UK, and the US Embassy

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According to a new U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Spain and Andorra Security Alert, protests are expected on October 17, 2019, in the western section of Barcelona, located near the Plaza Artos in the district of Sarria, and in the Jardinets de Gracia, in the Gracia district.

This U.S. Embassy Security Alert says ‘U.S. citizens should expect significant disruptions to transportation in and around the city of Barcelona, as spontaneous demonstrations throughout the city may occur.’

And, there is a high potential for civil unrest during these protests.

Furthermore, on October 18th, the U.S. Embassy is alerting visitors to Spain that ‘several groups have called for a general strike that will likely affect public transportation and other services. Demonstrations will likely disrupt roadways leading into Barcelona from various towns throughout the region, including marches on major highways from Tarragona, Tarrega, Berga, Vic, and Girona.’

These planned marches are predicted to converge at Jardinets de Gracia from the avenues of Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes, Avinguda Diagonal, and Avinguda Meridiana.

And, a large protest is also expected from Plaza Universidad to Plaza St. Jaume via Via Laiet, on the 18th, said the U.S. Embassy Alert.

Separately, the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisory website reported on October 18th that visitors to Spain should ‘take normal security precautions.’

Canada’s website statement says ‘if you’re in one of the affected areas:

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place.
  • Contact your airline or tour operator to determine if the situation will disrupt your travel plans.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations.’

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And, the UK's Foreign Travel Advice office updated its Travel Advisory regarding Spain on October 17, 2019.

Previous U.S. Embassy Security Alerts can be found at these links:

The U.S. Department of State’s Level 2 ‘Exercise Increased Caution’ Travel Advisory was last updated on March 18, 2019.

Furthermore, the U.S. Embassy in Spain says ‘protesters have also called for demonstrations at Barcelona airport during the weekend. The Barcelona tourism office has set up a telephone line for tourists that may have missed flights or were unable to reach their hotel: +34 93 285 3834.’

For the latest information on travel disruptions, visit @emergenciescat; the English translation is available.

From a health perspective, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 1 Travel Alert regarding ‘Dengue in the Mediterranean’ on October 9, 2019. To review the CDC’s complete advice when visiting Spain, please visit this CDC website.

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