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As we plan international travel throughout the year, it’s important to revisit the travel advisories that have been issued by the US Department of State, especially as these advisories are constantly being updated.
There as four categories of travel advisories: “Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions”; “Level Two: Exercise Increased Caution”; “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” and “Level 4: Do Not Travel.” The US Department of State recommends travelers do the following upon any decision to visit a country with a standing travel advisory:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for the country.
- US citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
In order to help you keep up, TPG has compiled a list of all the advisories that have been issued or updated as of September 8, 2019, (you can also find the complete list of travel advisories on the State Department’s website) as well as ALL of the Level 4 advisories to date.
Level 1 Advisories (Exercise Normal Precautions):
Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
British Virgin Islands
French West Indies
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
United Arab Emirates
Level 2 Advisories (Exercise Increased Caution):
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Papua New Guinea
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Level 3 Advisories (Reconsider Travel):
Democratic Republic of the Congo
All Current Level 4 Advisories (Do Not Travel):
Central African Republic
North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
This article has been updated as of 09/08/19.
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