Declassified Photos

U.S. citizens in Bulgaria should be aware that the release of declassified photos of U.S.- or coalition-held prisoners from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts could prompt anti-U.S. protests and violence against U.S. interests including private U.S. citizens.  The photos are being released as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  We remind you of our Worldwide Travel Alert and our Worldwide Caution that urges travelers to exercise particular caution when traveling abroad.

All U.S. visitors or residents in Bulgaria should be aware of their local security situation, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. There is a continuing threat in Europe from persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Specific safety concerns should be addressed to Bulgarian law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety of all visitors to Bulgaria.

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