Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Truck Incident at Berlin Holiday Market

U. S. Embassy Berlin informs U.S. citizens that on December 19 a truck drove into the Christmas Market at Breitscheidplatz.  Police have surrounded the area.  U.S. citizens in Germany are encouraged to avoid the area ofBreitscheidplatz.  We urge U.S. citizens in Berlin to contact family members and loved ones to notify them that you are safe.
At this time German Police are reporting nine deaths and 50 injured and are concerned this is a possible terrorist incident. We are working with local authorities to determine if any U.S. citizens were injured in the event.  Avoid the area, monitor local press for updates, and exercise caution if you are in the vicinity.
Terrorism remains a concern across Europe, particularly during the holiday period, and we encourage you to review the Europe Travel Alert.
For further information about security in Germany:

*     See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Germany Country Specific Information.
*     Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

The American Citizen Services Unit for theU.S. Embassy Berlin is located at Clayallee 170, 14195 Berlin, and is open by appointment only Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The telephone number for routine calls is answered 2-4 p.m. Monday-Friday +49-69-7535-0; email: acsberlin@state.gov.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the after-hours emergency number for the U.S. Embassy Berlin is +49-30-8305-0.