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State Department Releases Travel Advisory. What Steps Should You Take?

Many travelers are feeling a little confused over how to interpret the generally vague travel advisory released by The State Department on Friday.

The advisory, a level below "warning" on the threat advisory system,  stated "al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks." Although it did not advise against traveling to Europe altogether, it did suggest travelers stay on their guard, especially in and around travel hubs like subways and airports.

The instructions have left some asking what other measures should be taken.

The State Department recommends registering travel plans with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration Web site.  You can also get up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 in the U.S. and Canada, or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 from elsewhere in the world.

Don't want to take any chances? If  you have USI Affinity's travel insurance with the "Cancel for Any Reason" feature, call 800-937-1387 to discuss your options.



Sometimes travel advisory is over reacting but it is also good to take extra measures and precaution sometimes for some security purposes. Travel advisory serves as a warning to us and we should take it like that but it doesn't mean that we have to sacrifice our travel.


I think travel advisories deserve our attention, thus, should not be ignored. Because my guess is that they would not issue out this type of advisory without any reason at all. And it's really no harm if we choose to heed to the advice, in fact, it will serve us better to be cautious everytime because you never know when disaster might strike.

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