As of January 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of State has implemented a new Travel Advisory system (see New Travel Advisories for U.S. Travelers). This update will provide U.S. citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide.
Under the new system, the U.S. Department of State will issue each country a Travel Advisory which will provide travelers with different levels of precautionary travel information, ranging on a scale from 1 to 4 (see table below). The new Travel Advisory system will replace the Travel Warning and Travel Alert system previously offered by the U.S. Department of State.
While an overall Travel Advisory level for every country will be issued, levels of advice may vary for specific locations or areas within a country. For instance, U.S. citizens may be advised to “Exercise Increased Caution” (Level 2) in a country, but to “Reconsider Travel” (Level 3) to a particular area within the country. Travel Advisories will be updated as needed, based on changes to security and safety information.