<a title="Travel Alerts" href="http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1766.html">Travel Alerts </a>relate to short term conditions which may pose risks to U.S. citizens. This is the U.S. State Department's list of active travel alerts.
The Department of State's list of <a href="http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html">active travel warnings</a>, includes details as to why the country is judged to be dangerous and how to obtain help from the U.S. consulate or other source.
<p>The official website of the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, <a href="/travel.state.gov/" title="travel.state.gov/">travel.state.gov/</a> offers information on a variety of issues related to foreign travel. Travel warnings ("long-term, protracted conditions") and travel alerts ("short-term conditions...that pose imminent risks").</p>