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Travel Warnings and Alerts

Students can use this resource to learn about any travel warnings, notices, or alerts issued by the U.S. government that may affect their education abroad programs. Below you will find descriptions and links covering

  • State Department Travel Warnings
  • CDC Travel Notices
  • State Department Travel Alerts.

Be sure to check this page regularly before and during an education abroad experience.


Recent Alerts, Warnings, & Notices

  • Europe Travel Alert
    The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018.

Types of Alerts

  • State Department Travel Warnings

    The U.S. State Department issues Travel Warnings when travelers should consider carefully whether they should travel to the country at all. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Warning might include

    • unstable government
    • civil war
    • ongoing intense crime or violence
    • frequent terrorist attacks.

    Travel Warnings remain in effect until the situation changes. Many have been in effect for years.

    The State Department is expected to launch a new format for Travel Advisories and Alerts for all countries in mid-January, 2018.  It is expected that Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Alerts with the intention of simplifying and clarifying the Travel Warning/Alert messages.

  • CDC Travel Notices

    CDC Travel Notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, or other conditions.

    CDC Travel Notices are issued in the following three levels:

    • Level 1: Practice Usual Precautions
    • Level 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions
    • Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel
  • State Department Travel Alerts

    The U.S. State Department issues Travel Alerts for short-term events that travelers should consider when traveling to a region. Examples of reasons a Travel Alert might be issued include

    • an election season that is bound to have many labor strikes, demonstrations or disturbances
    • a health alert like an outbreak of H1N1
    • evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks.

    When short-term events are over, the Travel Alert is canceled. 

    See above regarding Warnings/Alerts.

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