How do you check with the Department of State for travel warnings?


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The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of travel warnings on its website. To check current warnings, go to the website and click on the Before You Go tab near the top of the page, and then click Travel Alerts & Warnings.

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The section divides into travel alerts and travel warnings. Travel alerts notify travelers of short-term factors that could affect travel, such as demonstrations connected to an election or the spread of certain diseases. Travel warnings are more-grave, and travel to countries under such a warning should be seriously reconsidered. Travel warnings can also be longer-lasting then alerts. Examples of travel warnings are in cases of civil war or regular terrorist attacks.

The lower portion of the page provides a list of current regions under travel alerts or warnings. You can click on individual entries to read more detail about the exact nature of the alert or warning. The page also has a search box that enables you to limit alerts and warning information about the region to which you are traveling.

In addition to the details provided on the website, there is also contact information for the Bureau of Consular Affairs if you want additional information.

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