US State Department cancels “racial prejudice” travel warning for Spain

As Spain prepared Wednesday to receive First Lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. State Department rescinded a warning to travelers in Spain that cautioned Americans to beware of "racist prejudices."

US State Department cancels “racial prejudice” travel warning for Spain

As Spain prepared Wednesday to receive First Lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. State Department rescinded a warning to travelers in Spain that cautioned Americans to beware of “racist prejudices.”

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Obama and her nine-year-old daughter Sasha are expected to begin a four-day vacation Wednesday in a five-star hotel in Marbella, on the Costa del Sol.

The President will remain in the U.S. to celebrate his 49th birthday with his older daughter Malia, 12.

On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department was still advising tourists that “racist prejudices could lead to the arrest of Afro-Americans who travel to Spain.” The website of the Office for Consular Affairs also mentioned “isolated reports” of racially-motivated arrests of tourists.

The travel advice has since been removed.

“The note has been removed. It was 15 months old and out of date. Somebody forgot to remove it,” the U.S. embassy in Madrid said. “We are in no way suggesting Spanish police are racist. This is an isolated incident.”

Obama booked 40 rooms in the Hotel Villa Padierna, a golf and spa resort in Marbella.

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