Travel Warnings - What Do They Mean To Me?

A travel warning has been issued for a country you are traveling to, so you may be asking yourself, "what does that mean for me?"

  • The United States Department of State (USDOS) may advise Americans to not travel to a certain country.  This is different than a Travel Warning that goes further and states that all USDOS staff within that country must leave immediately.  Know the condition of any warnings before you schedule your vacation.   It’s always a good idea to register with the USDOS prior to your trip overseas. If you are already in a country and decide to register with the US Embassy, you may do so by visiting their website at
  • Stay in touch with local media. This is one of the best ways to keep abreast of the real-time situation in your destination country. 
  • Keep in touch with family back home. Agree on a schedule of contact with your family and provide them with as much travel and contact information as you can. At the end of the day, they are the ones most vested in your well-being.