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We have made it easy for you to get clear safety and security info about every country. You can access it at home or on the go via our mobile-friendly website, travel.state.gov.
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The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We provide information to help you assess the risks of international travel. We also tell you what steps to take to ensure your safety when you decide to go abroad.
Before You Go
You can access all our safety and security info on the Country Information page for your destination. This page includes the Travel Advisory and any Alerts. Be sure to read the whole page. It has more details about key aspects of your destination. These details could affect your travel. Country Information pages cover entry and exit rules. They also cover local laws, health, transportation, and other useful topics.
We issue a Travel Advisory for each country of the world. They follow a consistent format. They use plain words to help U.S. citizens find key info. Travel Advisories have up to four levels. They describe the risks and give clear guidance to U.S. citizens to help them stay safe.
The Travel Advisory appears at the top of each country page, with a color corresponding to each level:
Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions. This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel. Conditions in other countries may differ from those in the United States and may change at any time.
Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution. Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides more advice for travelers to these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.
Level 3 - Reconsider Travel. Reconsider travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.
Level 4 – Do Not Travel. This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. The U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance, including during an emergency. The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory.
Varying Levels: We issue an overall Travel Advisory level for a country. However, 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, while also advising them to "Reconsider travel" (Level 3) to an area within the country.
Advisories at Levels 2-4 include one or more established risk indicators and give specific advice to U.S. citizens who choose to travel there. These are:
An interactive map is on each country page. Click "View Larger Map" on the page. You can also go to travelmaps.state.gov to see countries color-coded by Travel Advisory level. More and less severe travel advice levels may apply to different areas within a country. Stripes indicate you should read the whole Travel Advisory for details.
U.S. embassies and consulates abroad issue Alerts, including by email and social media. The Alerts tell U.S. citizens about specific safety concerns in a country. These concerns include things like demonstrations, crime, and weather. A standard, easy-to-read format makes them easy to access, understand, and take action.