Planning on traveling internationally? Prior to departure, it is important to research the safety of your destination. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) offers a wealth of information about traveling abroad.
Recently, the DOS undertook an initiative to provide clearer and more reliable security information for travelers. Under the new system, there is a standardized level of advice based on risks such as crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, and natural disasters.
Travelers to Level 1 countries are still exposed to the same risk that accompanies any international travel but can “Exercise Normal Precautions.” Travelers to Level 2 countries should “Exercise Increased Caution” and should consult DOS information on specific regions that are riskier than others. Anyone visiting Level 3 countries are encouraged to “Reconsider Travel.” The State Department will provide additional advice for travelers in these areas. Finally, “Do Not Travel” to Level 4 countries. There is a significant increase in life-threatening risks in these areas and the U.S. Government may have a limited ability to provide assistance. Learn more at: travel.state.gov