Where to Find Important Travel Information
So, you’ve decided to travel abroad. The only problem is you have no idea where you want to go. There are so many places you have wanted to visit, things you wanted to see, cultures you have wanted to experience and people you have wanted to meet. Before you make your decision on where to travel, you should find as much travel information as you can. The U.S. Department of State provides a few lists about countries that you should take a look at:
This list includes every country in the world. Travel information including the location of the U.S. embassy and consular offices, visa requirements, crime and security, health and medical conditions, and local hot spots are listed for every country. If you have a few countries in mind, you should take a look at the list and see if you are still interested after learning a little bit. Knowing about the places you are visiting will help you know what to expect when you get there and prepare accordingly.
Travel alerts are used to inform travelers about short-term events that the U.S. Government believes travelers should know about. These short-term events include natural disasters, an election that could cause strikes, demonstrations, a health alert, elevated risk of terrorist attacks, anniversaries of terrorist attacks and international conferences. It is advised that you check this list before you leave the country to ensure your safety. After the short-term event is over, the government lifts the alert.
Travel Warnings are issued when the Government feels that travelers should very carefully consider traveling to certain countries at all. Usually, these warnings are to advise travelers that the countries are unsafe due to unstable governments, civil war, intense crime/violence or frequent terrorist attacks. Travel warnings are also issued when the U.S. Government has limited ability to help American citizens in these countries due to the closure of an embassy or consulate. Some of the travel warnings have been in effect for years. The reason for these warnings is to inform citizens of the dangers in certain countries and to encourage people not to travel there.