Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki 

Location:  Lesvos, Chios, Samos, and Evros land border

Event:  Large numbers of migrants and refugees are gathered at multiple locations along the Greek-Turkish border.  Roadblocks and protests—including some violent clashes—have broken out and continue to occur on the island of Lesvos and the land border in the Evros region. The Embassy has received reports of violence against U.S. citizens attempting to travel in Lesvos.

The Embassy is in contact with the local authorities regarding the safety and security of U.S. citizens in these locations. At this time, there are no changes to the travel policy for U.S. government personnel or to consular services.

Actions to Take:

  • Consider departing the area if you feel your personal safety is at risk
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance
  • Follow instructions from local authorities
  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations
  • Keep a low profile
  • Notify friends and family of your safety
  • Monitor local media for updates


  • U.S. Embassy Athens

+(30) 210-721-2951

+(30) 210-720-2490 (after hours)

  • U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

+(30) 2310-376-300

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444