And how it’s different from a travel warning
North Korea is probably going to be a dicey travel move for decades to come, so that means there’s a big, meaty travel warning on the country. A travel warning is issued for constant instability, crime, war, frequent terrorist attacks, or to warn American travelers that the country does not have US presence on the ground -- or is permanently out of Funyuns.
Don’t avoid a country because it has one or both
The first thing you might notice while scouring the list of countries on travel.state.gov is that the entire continent of Europe is under a travel alert. Yes, thanks to terrorism, said alert encompasses cities currently featured on black and white posters in every freshman dorm room, and every gelato eating, siesta-taking, study abroad location that was ever flown to via Ryan Air.
But this guide ain’t for those countries. This is for places that can be legit dangerous because, as awful as terrorism is, you’re still more likely to get hit by lightning then fall victim to a terror attack. As far as the actually questionable destinations, the State Department’s Bureau of Consular affairs is trying to help you make educated decisions when it comes to traveling to certain countries and what to avoid if you do. And it’s not so that they can put a fat “We told you so” in their back pocket because...