Are Travel Warnings, Consular Information Sheets & Public Announcements?
Warnings are issued when
the State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to
recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries
where avoidance of travel is recommended will have Travel Warnings as well
as Consular Information Sheets.
Announcements are a means
to disseminate information about terrorist threats and other relatively
short-term and/or trans-national conditions posing significant risks to
the security of American travelers. They are made any time there is a
perceived threat and usually have Americans as a particular target group.
In the past, Public Announcements have been issued to deal with short-term
coups, bomb threats to airlines, violence by terrorists and anniversary
dates of specific terrorist events.
Consular Information Sheets
are available for every country of the world. They include such
information as location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the subject
country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political
disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security
information, and drug penalties. If an unstable condition exists in a
country that is not severe enough to warrant a Travel Warning, a
description of the condition(s) may be included under an optional section
entitled "Safety/Security." On limited occasions, the State Department also restates in this
section any U.S. Embassy advice given to official employees. Consular
Information Sheets generally do not include advice, but present
information in a factual manner so the traveler can make his or her own
decisions concerning travel to a particular country.
For a complete list of travel warnings,
public announcements, and consular information sheets issued by the U.S.
information is provided by WTA as a source of travel safety information
for web visitors and our members. It includes Travel Warnings and Public Announcements
issued by the State Department since September 11, 2001. It does not
include all of the Travel Warnings or Public Announcements that the State
Department issued prior to September 11, 2001. WTA encourages you
to visit the U.S. State Department website to review all relevant safety
information for a particular foreign destination. WTA assumes no
responsibility for consequences that arise from acting on the information
that is provided here.