In its new warning system for tourists, the US government included Panama and Costa Rica at the lowest risk level, Nicaragua at level 2 and Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, in the category “Reconsider Travel”.

On January 10, 2018, the Department of State launched improvements and modifications to its system of travel alerts and recommendations to citizens considering traveling to other countries. The new advisory system divides nations into four levels, according to the risks present in each country.

The Travel Advisories for each country replace previous Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. The new system is divided into four categories:

  • Level 1: Exercise normal precautions.
  • Level 2: Exercise increased caution.
  • Level 3: Reconsider travel.
  • Level 4: Do not travel.

In this system, Costa Rica and Panama were located in level 1, Nicaragua in level 2, and Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, in level 3.

Details of levels:

Level 1

Exercise Normal Precautions: This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel. Conditions in other countries may differ from those in the United States and may change at any time.

Level 2

Exercise Increased Caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.

Level 3

Reconsider Travel: Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.

Level 4

Do Not Travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance. The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or leave as soon as it is safe to do so. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.


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