Today more than ever before, it’s critical when planning travel abroad that you take safety considerations into account. The U.S. State department routinely issues travel alerts and warnings that should always be heeded when you are planning your trips.
To ignore these warnings can mean that you may not be covered by your travel insurance. Yu will need to check with your individual insurance carrier to determine if coverage is available should there be a travel alert or warning issued by the government for a destination on your itinerary.
The Government will issue a travel warning if it believes there are long term or ongoing conditions that make travel to that country dangerous. In such a case the State Department will recommend that Americans avoid travel or at least consider the risk of travel to that country.
A warning may also be issued if some situation exists that would severely limit the Government’s ability to provide assistance to citizens while travailing in that country. This could be due to a closure of an embassy or because of reduced staff available to render assistance.
You can check online all current warnings issued by the U.S. Government at the following location:
The Government will issue a travel alert if there is a specific, usually short term, situation that poses a significant risk to the safety and security of U.S. citizens traveling in the region or within a specific country.
Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events including international conferences or regional sports events are examples of situations that might give rise to the issuance of a travel alert.
It is important to check with your insurance carrier since many plans will not provide benefits for travel in an area that is under a travel alert.
You can check all current travel alerts issued by the U.S. Government at the following location: