are issued when the State Department decides, based on
all relevant information, to recommend that Americans
avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where
avoidance of travel is recommended will have Travel
Warnings as well as Consular Information Sheets.
Announcements are a means to disseminate
information about terrorist threats and other
relatively short-term and/or trans-national conditions
posing significant risks to the security of American
travelers. They are made any time there is a perceived
threat and usually have Americans as a particular
target group. In the past, Public Announcements have
been issued to deal with short-term coups, bomb
threats to airlines, violence by terrorists and
anniversary dates of specific terrorist events.
Information Sheets are available for every country
of the world. They include such information as
location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the
subject country, unusual immigration practices, health
conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual
currency and entry regulations, crime and security
information, and drug penalties. If an unstable
condition exists in a country that is not severe
enough to warrant a Travel Warning, a description of
the condition(s) may be included under an optional
section entitled "Safety/Security." On
limited occasions, we also restate in this section any
U.S. Embassy advice given to official employees.
Consular Information Sheets generally do not include
advice, but present information in a factual manner so
the traveler can make his or her own decisions
concerning travel to a particular country.
you are looking for information on any of the U.S.
territories and possessions, such as the U.S. Virgin
Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam or American Samoa, you can
go to the CIA Factbook.
a letter for the country about which you'd like