Alert: U.S. EMBASSY AND U.S. CONSULATES GENERAL CLOSURES, HOLIDAY SECURITY ALERT, AND PLANNED DEMONSTRATIONS.

Location:  United Kingdom (Countrywide)

Thanksgiving Closures:  The U.S. Embassy in London, U.S. Consulate General in Belfast, and the U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh will close early today, November 22, 2023, and will remain closed on November 23 in recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  U.S. Embassy London will close at 14:30 local time and the Consulates General will close at 14:00 local time on November 22.

Holiday Security Alert

During the holiday season there is the potential for increased crime and acts of violent extremism.  Planned attacks and criminal activity often occur in crowded public locations such as holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, schools, and other areas frequented by tourists.  Public events, such as demonstrations, holiday events, and celebratory gatherings are also at a higher risk for violence.  U.S. citizens should exercise extra vigilance at holiday festivals and events, places of worship, and locations with large crowds.

Planned Demonstrations 

Media report various planned demonstrations are expected to take place throughout the United Kingdom on November 22.  Protests are planned throughout central London, Glasgow, and various other cities.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid areas of demonstrations and to always exercise caution within the vicinity of demonstrations or if caught in a demonstration.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate to violence.  Do not attempt to drive or walk through a demonstration.  Road closures and transportation services may be impacted over the weekend, U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local transportation information and coordinate travel routes accordingly.

Planned demonstrations include but are not limited to:

LONDON
Event: Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Date: Saturday, November 25, 2023
Location:  Throughout central areas of London, UK
Time: Starting at 12:00 local time and continuing throughout the day

SCOTLAND
Event: March + Rally in Glasgow
Date: Saturday, November 25, 2023
Location:  Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland
Time: 12:00 local time

 Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Review your personal security plans
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Avoid crowds
  • Enroll in Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel and security updates

 Assistance:

U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom
33 Nine Elms Lane
London, UK SW11 7US
+44 (0) 207-499-9000
from U.S.: 011 44 (0)20 7499-9000
SCSLondon@state.gov
https://uk.usembassy.gov/

Consulate General Belfast
+44 (0) 28 9038-6100
ConsularBelfast@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh
+44 (0) 131 556-8315
Edinburgh-info@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
United Kingdom Country Information

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.

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