State Department Launches Travel Advisory System

The State Department launched a travel advisory system that informs and advises U.S. travelers about the level of risk in each country around the world. The department’s new system also provides a mobile-friendly map that color-codes risk levels and displays the location and contact information of U.S. embassies and consulates. Travelers can access the system at travel.state.gov and follow @travelgov on Twitter, as well as facebook.com/travelgov. They also can receive alerts directly by entering their travel plans in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which makes embassies and consulates aware of U.S. travelers in their areas. “There will be a learning curve for travel mangers as they make the transition from the [old] State Department warnings system to this new system,” said Matt Bradley, Americas regional security director for International SOS. “Eventually, [travel managers] will have to take these levels and reassess their own travel restrictions and policies according to the new system.” More.