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The Difference Between Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts

Depending on the extent of the risks and whether they are seen to be long term or not, different advisories are released by governments

Perhaps you’ve already heard about the travel advisory issued from the U.S. State Department, warning travelers not to visit Mexico. This travel warning informs U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations, and recently, the state of Quintana Roo was issued a travel advisory.

So, let’s take a look at the differences between a Travel Warning and a Travel Alert.

Travel Warning

According to the State Department, a travel warning happens when the government wants travelers to reconsider whether to visit another country or not. These warnings may be due to governmental complications, continuous violence, terrorist attacks or a civil war.

Travel Warnings tend to last longer than Travel Alerts. Namely, a warning is drawn back whenever the situation changes. This could take weeks, months and even years.

Travel Alerts

Travel alerts are issued when a specific one-off event occurs. According to the State Department, examples of these events could be strikes that end up in violence, health alerts such as H1N1 or a high risk of terrorist attacks. These alerts expire in weeks or months in the near future.

It’s important to highlight the fact that both alerts have the same level of importance. Each of these advisories offer a word of caution for different situations; one being a short-term event with risk of repercussions and the other, longer-term with high risk to travelers.

Remember it is always a good idea to take some time to research and find out more info directly from the locals about the city you’re planning to visit. Basically, you must consider if it is safe for you to travel, taking the right precautions. Exactly the same precautions you would take back home.

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