U.S. State Dept. Resource: Worldwide Travel Information, Alerts, Warnings

If you’re not familiar with the U.S. State Department’s travel website and are considering a trip outside the U.S., take a look at Travel.State.Gov. It includes helpful information for U.S. citizens but it’s can be a useful resource for traveler around the world.

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Travel Alerts, Warnings

A big reason to consult the site is to see the latest travel cautions, divided into alerts (short term events) and warnings (which may refer to unstable governments, war or other serious ongoing events). The following cautions – and these are specifically directed to travelers from the U.S. – were posted in August.

Note: Anything in quotation marks is taken directly from the site.

  • Haiti Travel Alert (due to elections)
  • Iran Travel Warning (“Some elements in Iran remain hostile to the United States. As a result, U.S. citizens may be subject to harassment or arrest.”)
  • Cameroon Travel Warning (due to threat of terrorism)

See more on the above cautions and other warnings and alerts here.

Worldwide Travel Info by Country

One of the most popular sections of Travel.State.Gov is devoted to individual profiles of countries around the world. The focus of the profiles – complete with fascinating factoids – is information for tourists with an emphasis on safety and local laws. Among the more interesting tidbits:

  • Croatia: Violent crime is rare but U.S. citizens are advised to avoid “gentlemen’s clubs” in because a few may present foreign customers with “grossly inflated bar bills, sometimes in the thousands of dollars.”
  • Ireland: “View with skepticism any unsolicited invitations to travel to Ireland to collect winnings or an inheritance.”
  • Italy: Watch out if driving in Italy, especially in historic city centers: “Traffic lights are limited and often disobeyed. Motor scooters scooter drivers often see themselves as exempt from conventions that apply to automobiles.”

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Updated: August 24, 2015