Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen US Consulate Frankfurt

The U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt informs U.S. citizens of protests announced to take place on October 11, 2014 in Duesseldorf. Local police are expecting between 13-15,000 protestors for the event, which will start at approximately noon (12:00pm) in the Duesseldorf neighborhood of Oberkassel and end at the state parliament (Landtag) building. These protests are being organized by various civil organizations protesting against ISIL actions in Syria. Some demonstrations may occur spontaneously and may involve violence or be anti-American in nature.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid demonstrations, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Germany enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.state.gov 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.

We strongly encourage that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Germany enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). 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 Germany. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt 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.

Frankfurt:  The U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt is located at 30 Giessener Strasse. The telephone number is +49-69-7535-0 (routine calls, 2-4 p.m. Monday-Friday); e-mail: GermanyACS@state.gov. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance after normal business hours, the emergency number for the Consulate General in Frankfurt is +49-69-7535-0.