In today’s climate, it’s not unheard of for the government to issue travel warnings and alerts. Depending on where you’re traveling to and what you’ll be doing, it’s important to understand how these two differ as they could affect your trip.
A travel alert is also known as a travel public announcement and is typically short in nature. These alerts are issued due to factors like events that are related to terrorism, the anniversary of a specific terrorist event, and political unrest. These alerts are usually accompanied by information regarding potential threats and short-term conditions that the government believes may affect American travelers and pose significant risks to their security. Travel alerts were recently issued due to the hurricane and typhoon seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.
A travel warning is considered more severe than a travel alert and means that the State Department is suggesting Americans entirely avoid traveling to a particular country because of instability or when a U.S. embassy or consulate is closed, therefore reducing the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens. The U.S. Department of State issued travel warnings back in March urging citizens to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey due to terrorism threats. It’s important to note that warnings do not mean you cannot travel to the country in question, they are simply meant as a safety or precautionary measure.
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By Administrator at 16 Jun 2016, 09:19 AM