Department of State Travel Advisories
The U.S. Department of State recently eliminated their Travel Warning system and replaced
it with a more effective Travel Advisory System. The DoS now issues a Travel Advisory
for each country in the world. Travel Advisories follow a consistent format and use
plain language to help U.S. citizens find and use important security information.
Travel Advisories apply up to four standard levels of advice, give a description of
the risks, and provide clear actions U.S. citizens should take to help ensure their
A List of Travel Advisories is available as is a Color-coded World Map for a global view.
The Travel Advisory appears at the top of each country page with a color corresponding
to each level:
Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions: This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk
in any international travel. Conditions in other countries may differ from those
in the United States and may change at any time.
Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. The DoS provides additional
advice to travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in the country
may change at any time.
Level 3 - Reconsider Travel: Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The DoS provides additional
advice to travelers in these areas of travel.
Level 4 - Do Not Travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening
risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to
provide assistance. The DoS advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country
or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so. The DoS provides additional advice for
travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change
at any time.
Varying Levels: The DoS issues an overall Travel Advisory for a country, but levels of advice may
vary for specific locations or areas within a country. For instance, the DoS may
advise travelers to "Exercise Increased Caution" (Level 2) in a country, but to "Reconsider
Travel" (Level 3) to a particular area within a country.
Risk Indicators: Travel Advisories at Levels 2-4 will contain clear reasons for the assigned level
using established risk indicators and specific advice to U.S. citizens who choose
to travel there. These are:
- C - Crime: Widespread violent or organized crime is present in the areas of the country. Local
law enforcement may have limited ability to respond to serious crimes.
- T - Terrorism: Terrorist attacks have occurred and/or specific threats against civilians, groups,
or other targets may exist.
- U - Civil Unrest: Political, economic, religious, and/or ethnic instability exists and may cause violence,
major disruptions, and/or safety risks.
- H - Health: Health risks, including current disease outbreaks or a crisis that disrupts a country's
medical infrastructure, are present. The issuance of a Centers for Disease Control
Travel Notice may also be a factor.
- N - Natural Disaster: A natural disaster, or its aftermath, poses danger.
- E - Time Limited Event: Short-term event, such as elections, sporting events, or other incidents that may
pose safety risks.
- O - Other: There are potential risks not covered by previous risk indicators