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Improved Consular Safety and Security Messaging

Your Safety is Our Priority
Your Safety is Our Priority

The Bureau of Consular Affairs within the Department of State is charged with the protection of U.S. citizens abroad. As part of that mission, we provide products that inform U.S. citizens of safety and security issues outside of the United States. 

Changes are Coming

We are making it easier for you to access clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information about every country in the world. The first step was our improved travel.state.gov website that went live on December 4 with a new, mobile-friendly design and simplified navigation.

The next step will be the launch of our new Travel Advisories and Alerts for all countries, which will be available on travel.state.gov in mid-January 2018.

Travel Advisory: We will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts with a Travel Advisory for each country of the world. Travel Advisories follow a consistent format and use plain language to help U.S. citizens find and use important security information. Travel Advisories may apply any of four standard levels of advice, give an explanation for the reasons for the level, and provide clear actionable steps U.S. citizens should take.

Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions

Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

Level 3 - Reconsider Travel

Level 4 – Do Not Travel

We will issue an overall Travel Advisory level for a country, but levels of advice may vary for specific locations or areas within a country. For instance, we may advise U.S. citizens to “Exercise Increased Caution” (Level 2) in a country, but to “Reconsider Travel” (Level 3) to a particular area within the country.

Alerts: U.S. embassies and consulates abroad will issue Alerts in place of the current Emergency and Security Messages. Alerts follow an easy-to-understand format that permits quicker release of the information to the public.

Stay Tuned

Here’s a summary of the upcoming improvements in our safety and security messaging. Please bookmark this page, check back regularly, and sign up if you would like to receive updates about our improved consular messaging, including Travel Advisories and Alerts.