Travel warnings are issued on a regular basis for numerous countries around the world, but it can be difficult to discern what they actually mean.
A travel warning does not actually prohibit anyone from travelling to a country, but it does mean that they are travelling at their own risk.
Travel warnings are issued more to make people aware of the potential dangers in the area.
Effectively a travel warning says ‘don’t go, but if you do then consider this…’
For a traveller this can mean many different things.
The warnings about travelling to Pakistan at present warn of arrests and detentions being made when visas are being checked, but the warning for Turkey simply states that you should be vigilant and aware of violence.
It is important to take note of the warnings and make a judgement relating to the safety of travel.
Before travelling anywhere with active warnings you should also be sure to check that hotels and other businesses are still operating at your destination.