New travel advisories introduced by U.S. State Department

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The U.S. Department of State has changed the way it shares information with U.S. travelers about the safety of destinations worldwide.

The State Department has eliminated travel warnings and alerts and instead will issue travel advisories, of various degrees, for every country in the world.

Starting this week, each country is ranked on the State Department’s travel advisory website according to one of four levels:

  • 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. The Travel Advisories for each country replace previous Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts with the third and fourth levels effectively replacing travel warnings formally issued.

The changes are the largest overhaul in the state department travel advisory system’s history and the first significant change to the system in many years.  According the State Department, the changes will provide U.S. citizens with clear, timely and reliable safety information worldwide.

Fox will continue to send updates on advisories as they change.


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