Barcelona Van Attack

U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Spain and Andorra – Barcelona Van Attack – August 17, 2017

Last Updated:

This message updates the Emergency Message the U.S. Consulate in Barcelona sent on August 17 informing U.S. Citizens that a likely terrorist attack has occurred at Las Ramblas close to Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona. Spanish media report the areas in and around Las Ramblas have been blocked off. There are also reports that two individuals involved in the attack are hiding in Bar Luna De Istanbul. Spanish police are treating the incident as terrorism. U.S. citizens in Barcelona are urged to avoid the areas and to follow local media and other information sources for additional guidance.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, especially in crowds or at large events, and monitor local news sources for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

If you are a U.S citizen in Barcelona and you are safe, please let family and friends know, including by updating your status on social media.

For further information about security in Spain:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Spain’s Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Consulate in Barcelona, located at Paseo Reina Elisenda, 23 at +34 93-280-2227 ,8:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +34 93-280-2227 91 587 2200, or if there is no answer, please call +372-668-8169. Inquiries about American citizen services provided by the Embassy’s Consular Section may be directed to
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).