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U.S. State Department Launches New Travel Advisory Program & Website
The U.S. Department of State has launched a new four-tier travel advisory system and website it believes will provide Americans with more clear and actionable information, and a format designed to help travelers better assess risk when making travel decisions.
Previously, the State Department issued both travel warnings and advisories, confusing travelers. U.S. embassies and consulates will now issue alerts to replace the current Emergency Messages and Security Messages, informing U.S. citizens of specific local safety and security concerns, such as demonstrations, crime trends, and weather events. To learn more visit The US State Department’s new Travel Advisory website.
The new Travel Advisory system includes the following rankings:
Level 1 – Exercise Normal Precautions: This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk.
Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.
Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security.
Level 4 – Do Not Travel: 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.
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