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State Department Advisories

DOS Advisories

The U.S. Department of State provides up-to-date information and recommendations about travel to countries throughout the world. As you prepare to depart, the International Center recommends that you research your destination in the Country Specific Information pages of the State Department’s website, found here.  

Another way to understand the security environment in your destination is through monitoring Consular Messages, which are issued by the embassy or consulate in the country that they cover. 

When the U.S. government believes that a threat may exist in a specific destination, a travel alert or travel warning may be issued by the Department of State to help travelers plan their trips. These are very different types of announcements, and they are described in more detail below.

Travel Alerts

U.S. embassies and consulates abroad issue Alerts to inform U.S. citizens of specific safety and security concerns in a country, such as demonstrations, crime trends and weather events. If a recent Alert has been issued for a country, it will appear below that country's Travel Advisory on the Department of State website.