State Department Issues Travel Alert for Russia Olympics
The U.S. Department of State issued a travel alert today for Americans planning to attend next month's Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Six potential risks spurred the alert: untested medical treatment facilities, terrorism, petty crime, unpredictable public demonstrations, lack of proper accommodations, and Russia's newly imposed law banning LGBT "propaganda" in public.
The Olympics are always an "attractive target for terrorists," the alert states, but an uptick in deadly suicide bombings in Russia within the past month has officials on guard.
Given these factors, the State Department urges U.S. citizens to "remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times."
Peter Schlesinger is a Research Assistant at Travel + Leisure, and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can follow him on Twitter at @pschles08.