As New York Law School prepares for its London summer program, potential terrorist threats in the United Kingdom remain a continuing cause for concern.
The London program regularly monitors the security situation in the United Kingdom, and will, if necessary, modify its plans in response to any developments. Rest assured, any decision it makes concerning the London program will put the safety and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff at the forefront.
Below, please see a broad overview of the security situation on both sides of the Atlantic:
- The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is SEVERE (as set by MI5, that nation’s domestic security service), meaning that an attack is highly likely, though not imminent.
- The next (and highest) threat level is CRITICAL, meaning that an attack is expected imminently. (Again, the current threat level is set at SEVERE.)
- The last time MI5 had set the threat level to CRITICAL was on May 23, 2017, and on September 15, 2017, in the wake of a terrorist bombing in the city of Manchester and onboard a London underground train, respectively.
UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN LONDON:
- For the latest travel alerts and warnings in the United Kingdom, please visit the homepage of the United States Embassy in London.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE:
- The U.S. Department of State has not issued any specific travel warnings or alerts for the United Kingdom.
- On the other hand, it had issued a Europe Travel Alert (on November 16, 2017) which warns of a “heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season,” and advises that “U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.” This particular Travel Alert will expire on January 31, 2018.
- To see the safety conditions in specific countries, click here.
- In addition, the National Terrorism Advisory System (administered by the Department of Homeland Security) had recently issued a Bulletin which highlights continuing terror threats to the U.S. mainland. This particular Bulletin will expire on May 9, 2018.
When you arrive and travel in London, you should do the same thing as you would in New York or any other setting for that matter – exercise caution and vigilance, especially in areas where large crowds gather and also in the evenings when you could be less aware of your surroundings.