New advisories system to assist travelers

From: Outreach and International Affairs

The Department of State recently launched a new system for sharing information with travelers, replacing the previous Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.

Every country will now have a Travel Advisory with levels of advice ranging from 1 to 4. 

  • 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 Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.
  • Level 3 - Reconsider travel: Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.
  • 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 Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or leave as soon as it is safe to do so. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.

Travel Advisories at Levels 2-4 will contain clear reasons for the level assigned using established risk indicators and specific advice.

Learn more about Travel Advisories and risk indicators by visiting the Department of State website.

Visit the Global Safety section of the Global Education Office website for other resources on health, safety, and travel.