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Travel Alerts and Warnings

travel warnings and alerts

 The U.S. State Department issues Travel Warnings to recommend postponing travel to a country because of widespread civil unrest, dangerous conditions, terrorist activity or, in some cases, because the U.S. has no diplomatic relations with the country and may have great difficulty in assisting U.S. citizens in distress. Travel Alerts disseminate information quickly about terrorist threats or other relatively short-term or transnational conditions that could pose significant risks to you and affect your travel plans. U.S. embassies and consulates send out security or emergency messages to alert U.S. citizens to fast-breaking events, such as demonstrations, coups, approaching storms, and crime.

Page last updated October 2015

Travel Warnings

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff. The countries listed below meet those criteria.

Travel Alerts

Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, either transnational or within a particular country, that pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.


Type Issued Place Reason
Warning 10/9/15 Bukina Civil Unrest
Warning 10/8/15 Nepal Earthquake damage
Alert 10/7/15 Burma Elections in November
Warning 10/2/15 Chad Active Terror Groups
Warning 10/1/15 Somalia Active Terror Groups
Warning 9/30/15 Central African Republic Armed Groups, Violent Crime
Warning 9/30/15 Cameroon Active Terror Groups
Alert 9/29/15 Tunisia Attacks on tourists
Warning 9/21/15 Saudi Arabia Active Terror Groups
Alert 9/21/15 Ebola in parts of West Africa Outbreak
Warning 9/18/15 Venezuela Violent Crime
Warning 9/17/15 Sierra Leone Lack of Healthcare Services
Warning 9/16/15 Libya Civil Unrest
Warning 9/14/15 Iraq Active Terror Groups
Alert 9/4/15 Tanzania Elections in October
Warning 9/3/15 Turkey Active Military Operations
Warning 8/28/15 Pakistan Active Terror Groups
Warning 8/27/15 Syria War/Active terrorism
Warning 8/26/15 Algeria Active Terror Groups
Alert 8/7/15 Haiti Elections through December 27
Warning 8/5/15 Iran Difficult for US citizens to leave
Warning 7/27/15 Nigeria Active Terror Groups
Warning 7/17/15 Djibouti Active Terror Groups
Warning 7/17/15 Niger Active Terror Groups
Warning 7/16/15 Ukraine Political Unrest
Warning 7/1/15 Republic of South Sudan Political Unrest, Poor Healthcare
Warning 6/22/15 El Salvador Violent Crime
Warning 6/15/15 Sudan Active Terror Groups
Warning 6/5/15 Columbia Violent Crime/Active Terror Groups
Alert 6/3/15 Hurricane/Typhoon Season Weather
Warning 5/29/15 Lebanon Border Clashes with Syrian Extremists
Warning 5/22/15 Afghanistan Militant Attacks
Warning 5/20/15 Philippines Active Terror Groups
Alert 5/15/15 Ethiopia Elections - June 22, 2015
Warning 5/14/15 Burundi Active Terror Groups/Political Unrest
Warning 5/13/15 Kenya Active Terror Groups
Warning 5/7/15 Mali Active Terror Groups
Warning 5/6/15 Eritrea Active Terror Groups
Warning 5/5/15 Mexico Drug Cartel Violence
Warning 4/23/15 North Korea Arrest/Detention of U.S. Citizens
Warning 4/3/15 Yemen Active Terror Groups
Warning 3/2/15 Honduras Corruption/Violent Crime
Warning 2/26/15 Chad Active Terror Groups
Warning 2/18/15 Israel Active Terror Groups
Alert 2/2/15 Ebola Disease
Warning 1/21/15 Liberia Ebola Outbreak
Warning 11/25/14 Democratic Republic of Congo Gov't Corruption/Violent Crime
Alert 10/31/14 Burkina Faso Expired January 29, 2015
Warning 10/7/14 Mauritania Active Terror Groups


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