In addition to country specific information, the U.S. Department of State also issues Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid a certain country and Travel Alerts are issued to inform travelers of possible terrorist threats and other relatively short-term conditions that pose significant risk or disruptions to Americans. Both the Warnings and Alerts may be received via email or viewed on the State Department's website. Both are good sources of information as you plan your travel and while you are abroad-away. Information on Travel Warnings and Alerts may be found at: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html
The U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
Millions of Americans travel abroad-away every year and encounter no difficulties. However, U.S. embassies and consulates assist nearly 200,000 Americans each year who fall victim to crime, accident or illness, or whose family and friends need to contact them in case of an emergency. When an emergency happens, a natural disaster, terrorism, or civil unrest strikes during your travel abroad-away, the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate can be your source of assistance and information. By registering your trip prior to departure, you will help the embassy or consulate in locating you when you may need them the most. Registration is voluntary and costs nothing, but it should be a big part of your travel planning and security. For more information and registration go to the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website.