International Travel Information
What Are Travel Warnings, Country Specific Information & Travel Alerts?
Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended will have Travel Warnings as well as Country Specific Information. You may also want to review specific country Background Notes.
Travel Alerts are a means to disseminate information about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term and/or trans-national
conditions posing significant risks to the security of American travelers. The TAs are made when there is a specific threat
that cannot be countered. In the past, Travel Alerts have been issued to deal with short-term coups, violence by terrorists
and anniversary dates of specific terrorist events.
Country Specific Information
Country Specific Information are available for every country of the world. They include such information as location of the
U.S. embassy or consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances,
unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties. If an unstable condition exists
in a country that is not severe enough to warrant a Travel Warning, a description of the condition(s) may be included under
an optional section entitled "Safety/Security."On limited occasions, we also restate in this section any U.S. embassy advice
given to official employees. Country Specific Information generally do not include advice, but present information in a factual
manner so the traveler can make his or her own decisions concerning travel to a particular country.
Country Background Notes
If you are looking for information on any of the U.S. territories and possessions, such as the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam or American Samoa, you can go to the CIA Factbook.
In addition, please see the section “Tips for Traveling Abroad" for other important health and safety information. Also, stay current with current information by visiting our “News "section.