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US State Department Travel Warnings
Friday, 11 January 2008
US Department of State For three decades, the State Department has issued “travel warnings” to alert citizens to the potential dangers of visiting certain international regions. Some are minor, some pretty dire – the question is, how seriously you should take them when you travel? Well the fine folks at Travel & Leisure have tried to illuminate the issue with an article addressing what these warnings are, where they come from, and what it means for you.

The warnings are based on assessments by the State Department, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, and other agencies that deal with international relations. Some experts believe that the warnings are often far more alarmist than they need to be. Others suspect that politics are a factor (T&L notes that a travel warning regarding Syria still stands after a single terrorist incident in 2006 on the U.S. Embassy) but State Department officials naturally deny both.

Industry insiders do say that you should take the advisories seriously – just don’t let it scare you off from visiting somewhere you really want to see. Your best bet is to look at both the State Department warnings and the travel advisories from other countries’ agencies, and research where the “danger” zones and the “safe” zones are before leaving for any foreign destination. Canada and Australia's warnings lists are known for being a bit less "reactive" than the U.S. warning list. Also keep in mind that the State Department will be there to help no matter where you go, warnings or not.

You can find out more by reading the Travel & leisure article at or go to the U.S. State Dept. warnings page directly at
Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 January 2008 )
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