Know Before You Go
When traveling aboard it’s important to be aware of any travel alerts or warnings. Situations can change rapidly so one country that was perfectly safe to visit a week ago my now have travel alerts. So where can you find up to date warnings? There are a couple of sit4es that list the most current warnings and are updated to reflect each countries current situation.
The first site you should check is the embassy in the country you are planning to visit. For Americans look under the heading U.S. “Citizen Services,” then click on the “Safety and Security Messages.” Some embassies may use different headings but they usually include the word “Security” or “safety.”
Links to each embassy can be found at www.usembassy.gov. North Korea is the only country with no diplomatic relations with the US.
The second way to get information about travel alerts and warnings is to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). After signing up you let the State Department know where you will be traveling to and you will be electronically sent any warnings, alerts or news about that country. You can also receive help from the embassy for that nation. Enrollment is free. Step.state.gov
These websites will help you be a smart and safe traveler.