The U.S. State Department Has Just Announced A New Travel Warning System

A new travel warning system will be rolled out by the U.S. State Department in January 2018.

Currently, travel alerts, warning and “security messages” are issued by the state department following international events that may potential pose risks to travelers. These events include everything from disease outbreaks to political instability. However, many find the current system confusing and disorganized.

Rather than issuing individual travel alerts and warnings as potentially dangerous situations in destination countries arise, the new system will rank every country in the world on a four-tiered scale and include pertinent travel information for each.

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Under the new system level one countries are considered safe for travel and the system will advise travelers to “exercise normal caution.” Level two countries will be tagged with “exercise increased caution, while level three countries will be marked as “reconsider travel.” The system designates level four countries as the most dangerous and advises citizens to not travel to these destinations at all.

This revised system is aimed at heightening awareness of places where Americans would be at an elevated risk of violence, crime or illness. The system will also offer region-specific information for travel within countries.

The state department expects the new classifications to go live sometime in January 2018.