Travel

Travel Warnings and Advisories.

The link to Department of State’s information:
https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html

Travel Alerts – According to DOS, these are short term/situational events that you should be aware of when traveling to another country. Examples they give include stuff like worker strikes or protests during an election, a disease outbreak, or elevated risk of terrorist attacks.

Travel Warnings  – These are more long term. DOS says this means you should consider very carefully if you want to make the trip to one of these countries. Examples include unstable governments, civil war, frequent terrorist attacks, sustained high levels of violence, etc.

  • Republic of the Congo - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in the Republic of the Congo due to crime and civil unrest. Reconsider Travel To: The southern and western districts of the Pool Region due to potential civil unrest.   While not common, violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, remains a concern throughout the Republic of the Congo. Political demonstrations can be unpredictable and violent. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Brazzaville. U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to the Pool Region because of ongoing violence. They must also obtain special permission to travel to Pointe Noire’s beaches due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information Page. If you decide to travel to the Republic of the Congo: Avoid demonstrations. Use caution when walking or driving at night.Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a […]

  • Oman - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Oman. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Yemen border area due to terrorism and armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Oman: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Oman. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Yemen Border Area Terrorist attacks and violence continue in Yemen. Crossing the border into Yemen can be dangerous, and U.S. citizens who attempt to cross the Oman-Yemen border, from either Oman or Yemen, may be detained by Omani authorities. Visit our website for High-Risk Travelers. Last […]

  • Turkmenistan - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions when traveling to Turkmenistan.  Please read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Turkmenistan: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Turkmenistan. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with no edits. […]

  • Dominican Republic - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime. Violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault is a concern throughout the Dominican Republic. The development of a professional tourist police corps, institution of a 911 system in many parts of the country, and a concentration of resources in resort areas means these tend to be better policed than urban areas like Santo Domingo. The wide availability of weapons, the use and trade of illicit drugs, and a weak criminal justice system contribute to the high level of criminality on the broader scale. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to the Dominican Republic: Be aware of your surroundings. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry. Follow the advice of resort and tour operators regarding local safety and security concerns Enroll in the Smart Traveler […]

  • Jamaica - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides are common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Emergency services vary throughout the island, and response times may vary from U.S. standards. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to areas listed below, from using public buses, and from driving outside of prescribed areas of Kingston at night.  Do not travel to: The below-listed areas of Kingston due to crime. The below-listed areas of Montego Bay due to crime. Spanish Town due to crime.  Kingston Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Kingston. Do not travel to the following areas: Cassava Piece Downtown Kingston, defined as between […]

  • Saint Lucia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Saint Lucia. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Saint Lucia: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Barbados, which covers Saint Lucia. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist Last Update:  Reissued after periodic review without changes. […]

  • The Bahamas - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in The Bahamas due to crime. Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, occurs even during the day and in tourist areas. Although the family islands are not crime-free, the vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the area known by many visitors as the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime. Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas. Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to The Bahamas: Exercise caution […]

  • Sudan - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Sudan due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.   On April 11, 2019, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees. Violent crime, such as kidnapping, armed robbery, home invasion, and carjacking, is common. Terrorist groups continue to pose a threat in Sudan.  Terrorist groups in Sudan may harm Westerners and Western interests through suicide operations, bombings, shootings, and kidnappings.  They may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreign and local government facilities, and areas frequented by Westerners.    There is a national state of emergency in effect across Sudan, which gives security forces greater arrest and incarceration powers.  Security forces have enhanced authority to detain and arrest anybody they deem to be undermining public order, including protestors or those suspected of supporting the protests.  Detentions, including of foreigners, have […]

  • Russia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Russia due to terrorism, harassment, and the arbitrary enforcement of local laws. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: The north Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, due to terrorism, kidnapping, and risk of civil unrest. Crimea due to Russia’s occupation of the Ukrainian territory and abuses by its occupying authorities. Terrorist groups, transnational and local terrorist organizations, and individuals inspired by extremist ideology continue plotting possible attacks in Russia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Russia have been arbitrarily interrogated or detained by Russian officials and may […]

  • Uganda - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Uganda due to crime and kidnapping. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, home invasion, kidnapping, and sexual assault, is common, especially in larger cities including Kampala and Entebbe. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Uganda: Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Food and drinks should never be left unattended in public especially in local clubs. Remain with a group of friends in public. Use caution when walking or driving at night. Keep a low profile. Carry a copy of your passport and visa (if applicable) and leave originals in your hotel safe. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for […]

  • South Sudan - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to South Sudan due to crime, kidnapping, and armed conflict. Violent crime, such as carjackings, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies, and kidnappings is common throughout South Sudan, including Juba. Foreign nationals have been the victims of rape, sexual assault, armed robberies, and other violent crimes. Armed conflict is ongoing throughout the country and includes fighting between various political and ethnic groups, and weapons are readily available to the population. In addition, cattle raids occur throughout the country and often lead to violence. Reporting in South Sudan without the proper documentation from the South Sudanese Media Authority is considered illegal, and any journalistic work there is very dangerous. Journalists regularly report being harassed in South Sudan, and many have been killed while covering the conflict in South Sudan. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in South Sudan. U.S. […]

  • Ethiopia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to sporadic civil unrest and communications disruptions.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: Somali Regional State due to potential for civil unrest, terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines. Reconsider Travel To: The East Hararge region and the Guji zone of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest. Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest. The Danakil Depression region in Afar due to crime. Border areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea due to crime, armed conflict, and civil unrest. Incidents of civil unrest and ethnic violence may occur without warning. The Government of Ethiopia has restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services during and after civil unrest. These restrictions impede the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with, and […]

  • Ukraine - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Ukraine due to crime, civil unrest and elections. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Crimea due to arbitrary detentions and other abuses by Russian occupation authorities. The eastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, especially the non-government-controlled areas, due to armed conflict and kidnapping. Crime targeting foreigners and property is common. Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv. Politically targeted assassinations and bombings have also occurred. There are reports of violence by extreme nationalist groups. Presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled for March 31, with a possible second round on April 21. The risk of violence is heightened during election periods, and in previous elections, some election-related demonstrations have resulted in violence.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]

  • Syria - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Syria due to terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict. No part of Syria is safe from violence. Kidnappings, the use of chemical warfare, shelling, and aerial bombardment pose significant risk of death or serious injury. The destruction of infrastructure, housing, medical facilities, schools, and power and water utilities has also increased hardships inside the country. The U.S. Embassy in Damascus suspended its operations in February 2012. The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with Syria. The Czech Republic serves as the protecting power for the United States in Syria. The range of consular services that the Czech Republic provides to U.S. citizens is extremely limited, and the U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Syria. U.S. citizens in Syria who seek consular services should try to quickly and safely leave the country and contact a U.S. embassy or consulate in a neighboring […]

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: North Kivu and Ituri provinces due to crime, Ebola, and kidnapping. Eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, and assault, while rare compared to petty crime, is not uncommon, and local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Be aware that assailants may pose as police or security agents.   Many cities throughout the country experience demonstrations, some of which have turned violent. Police authorities have at times responded with heavy-handed tactics that have resulted in civilian casualties and arrests. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Kinshasa due to extremely limited infrastructure and poor security conditions. Read […]

  • Ecuador - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Ecuador due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Carchi, Sucumbíos, and the northern part of Esmeraldas provinces, including Esmeraldas city, due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Ecuador: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Ecuador. .S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Carchi, Sucumbíos, and northern Esmeraldas Provinces – Level 4: Do Not Travel Transnational crime groups operating in Esmeraldas province have engaged in violent crime and killed local citizens in addition to carrying out bombings targeting Ecuadorian […]

  • Libya - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Libya due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict. Crime levels in Libya remain high, including the threat of kidnapping for ransom. Westerners and U.S. citizens have been targets of these crimes. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Libya. Violent extremist activity in Libya remains high, and extremist groups have made threats against U.S. government officials, citizens, and interests. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, hotels, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Outbreaks of violence between competing armed groups can occur with little warning and have the potential to impact U.S. citizens. The capital, Tripoli, and other cities, such as Surman, Al-Jufra, Misrata, Ajdabiya, Benghazi, Sabha, and Dernah, have witnessed fighting among armed groups, as well as terrorist attacks. Hotels and airports frequented by Westerners have been caught in the […]

  • Niger - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Niger due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Terrorist groups continue plotting kidnappings and possible attacks in Niger. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreign and local government facilities and areas frequented by Westerners. Terrorists operate in the areas bordering Mali, Libya, Burkina Faso, and throughout northern Niger. Avoid travel to Niger’s border regions, particularly the Malian border area, Diffa region, and the Lake Chad region. Mali-based extremist groups have crossed the border and conducted multiple lethal attacks on Nigerien security forces. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of the capital, Niamey, due to security concerns. Outside of Niamey, all U.S. Embassy personnel are required to travel only during […]

  • Algeria - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution when traveling in Algeria due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Areas near the eastern and southern borders due to terrorism and kidnapping. Areas in the Sahara Desert due to terrorism and kidnapping. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Algeria. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning and have recently targeted the Algerian security forces. Most attacks take place in rural areas, but attacks are possible in urban areas despite a heavy and active police presence. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Algiers province due to Algerian government restrictions on travel by U.S. government employees. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Algeria: Inform local police when visiting locations outside of major cities. Travel by air if […]

  • Papua New Guinea - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime, civil unrest, a polio outbreak, the aftermath of an earthquake, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider Travel to: Areas near the Panguna mine in Bougainville due to civil unrest. The Highlands region due to the long-term effects of an earthquake in February 2018, and civil unrest. Violent crime, such as gang-rape, carjacking, home invasions, kidnappings, and armed robberies, is common. Tensions between communal or clan groups may result in violence at any time without warning. Police presence is limited outside of the capital Port Moresby, and police may be unable to assist due to limited resources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Level 2 Travel Notice for Papua New Guinea regarding the recent outbreak of vaccine derived poliovirus in the Morobe Province. The CDC has additional information and advice on the outbreak. […]

  • Afghanistan - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Afghanistan due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.  Travel to all areas of Afghanistan is unsafe because of critical levels of kidnappings, hostage taking, suicide bombings, widespread military combat operations, landmines, and terrorist and insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne, magnetic, or other improvised explosive devices (IEDs), suicide vests, and grenades.   Terrorist and insurgent groups continue planning and executing attacks in Afghanistan.  These attacks occur with little or no warning, and have targeted official Afghan and U.S. government convoys and facilities, local government buildings, foreign embassies, military installations, commercial entities, non-governmental organization (NGO) offices, hospitals, residential compounds, tourist locations, transportation hubs, public gatherings, markets and shopping areas, places of worship, restaurants, hotels, universities, airports, schools, […]

  • Somalia - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Somalia due to crime, terrorism, kidnapping and piracy. Violent crime, such as kidnapping and murder, is common throughout Somalia, including Puntland and Somaliland. Illegal roadblocks are also widespread. A number of schools acting as “cultural rehabilitation” facilities are operating throughout Somalia with unknown licensing and oversight. Reports of physical abuse and people being held against their will in these facilities are common. Terrorists continue to plot kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in Somalia. They may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting airports and seaports, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, and other areas where large crowds gather and Westerners frequent, as well as government, military, and Western convoys.    Pirates are active in the waters off the Horn of Africa, especially in the international waters near Somalia.   The U.S. government has limited ability to provide […]

  • Pakistan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Please read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: Balochistan province and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, including the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), due to terrorism and kidnapping.  The Azad Kashmir area due to terrorism and the potential for armed conflict. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and government facilities. Terrorists have targeted U.S. diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and information suggests they continue to do so. Terrorist attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan and KPK, including the former FATA. Large-scale terrorist attacks have […]

  • Kenya - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to terrorism. Areas of Turkana County due to crime. Reconsider Travel to: Nairobi neighborhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera at all times due to crime and kidnapping. Be especially careful when traveling after dark anywhere in Kenya due to crime. Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time. Local police are willing but often lack the capability to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks. Emergency medical and fire service is also limited. Terrorist attacks have occurred with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, hotels, resorts, markets/shopping malls, and places of worship. Terrorist acts have included armed assaults, […]

  • Venezuela - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, kidnapping, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Read the entire Travel Advisory. On January 24, 2019, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members due to ongoing political instability. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Venezuela.   Violent crime, such as homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping, and carjacking, is common. Political rallies and demonstrations occur, often with little notice. Demonstrations typically elicit a strong police and security force response that includes the use of tear gas, pepper spray, water cannons, and rubber bullets against participants and occasionally devolve into looting and vandalism. There are shortages of food, electricity, water, medicine, and medical supplies throughout much of Venezuela. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

  • Trinidad and Tobago - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  Do not travel to: Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain due to crime.   Violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping, is common.  Gang activity, such as narcotics trafficking, is common. A significant portion of violent crime is gang-related. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Trinidad and Tobago: Use caution when walking or […]

  • Yemen - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Yemen due to terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, kidnapping, and armed conflict.  Terrorist groups continue to plot and conduct attacks in Yemen. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting public sites, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Additionally, there is a continuing threat of kidnapping/detention by terrorists, criminal elements, and/or non-government actors. Employees of western organizations may be targeted for attack or kidnapping. Military conflict has caused significant destruction of infrastructure, housing, medical facilities, schools, and power and water utilities. This limits the availability of electricity, clean water, and medical care. This instability often hampers the ability of humanitarian organizations to deliver critically needed food, medicine, and water. Yemen is home to the world's largest cholera outbreak, and the disease is present throughout the entire country. Due […]

  • Angola - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Angola. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: Urban areas due to crime and kidnapping. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Angola: Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Use caution when walking or driving at night. Keep a low profile. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Angola. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler ’s Checklist . Urban areas Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, kidnapping, carjacking and homicide, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents Last Update: Reissued with updates to the Risk […]

  • Malaysia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Malaysia. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory Exercise Increased Caution in: The eastern area of Sabah State due to kidnapping. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Malaysia: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Malaysia. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Eastern Area of Sabah State – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution There is a threat of kidnappings-for-ransom from both terrorist and criminal groups. These groups may attack with little to no warning, targeting coastal resorts, island resorts, and boats ferrying tourists to resort islands.  The U.S. government has limited […]

  • Iraq - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict.  U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur frequently in many areas of the country, including Baghdad. The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq is extremely limited. On October 18, 2018, the Department of State ordered the temporary suspension of operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah. The American Citizens Services (ACS) Section at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad will continue to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Basrah. U.S. citizens should not travel through Iraq to Syria to engage in armed conflict, where they would face […]

  • Burkina Faso - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism, and kidnapping.  Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Sahel Region due to crime, and terrorism. The East Region due to crime, and terrorism. The Provinces of Koulpelogo, Loroum, Yatenga, Sourou, Kossi, Banwa, Kenedougou, or within 50km of the Mali border in Houet Province due to crime, and terrorism. To see a map of these regions, click HERE. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks and kidnappings in Burkina Faso and may conduct attacks anywhere with no warning. Targets could include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, areas at or near mining sites, military posts, and schools. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas of the country.  Due to the risk of attacks throughout Burkina Faso, the U.S. Embassy restricts official government travel to Ouagadougou’s Arrondissement 11, […]

  • Lebanon - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel Lebanon due to crime, terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: the border with Syria due to terrorism and armed conflict the border with Israel due to the potential for armed conflict refugee settlements due to the potential for armed conflict U.S. citizens should reconsider or avoid travel to certain areas in Lebanon because of the threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping, and outbreaks of violence, especially near Lebanon’s borders with Syria and Israel. U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should be aware of the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully consider those risks. U.S. citizens who choose to travel to Lebanon should be aware that consular officers from the U.S. Embassy are not always able to travel to assist them. The Department of State considers the threat to U.S. government personnel in Beirut sufficiently serious to require them to […]

  • Bangladesh - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider Travel to: Dhaka due to crime and terrorism. Southeast Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, and rape, is widespread. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Bangladesh. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, restaurants, places of worship, and local government facilities. There is a possibility of terrorist attacks in urban areas despite the heavy police presence.  Only adult family members, 18 years of age and older, are permitted to accompany U.S. government employees assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh.  U.S. government personnel in Bangladesh live, work, and travel under strict […]

  • Mexico - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as travel by U.S. government employees to these areas is prohibited or significantly restricted. U.S. government employees may not travel between cities after dark, may not hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles, including from app-based services like Uber, or those from regulated taxi stands. U.S. government employees may not drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico with the exception of daytime travel within Baja California, and between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. Do Not Travel to: Colima state due […]

  • Georgia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Georgia.  Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: The Russian-occupied regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia due to risk of crime, civil unrest, and landmines. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Georgia: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Georgia. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. South Ossetia and Abkhazia – Level 4: Do Not Travel Russian troops and border guards occupy both South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The precise locations of administrative boundary lines are difficult to identify. Entering the occupied […]

  • Iran - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping, arrest, detention of U.S. citizens. There is a very high risk of kidnapping, arrest, and detention of U.S. citizens in Iran, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans. Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security. Consular access to detained U.S. citizens is often denied. The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iran. Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Iran, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult Federal […]

  • Mali - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Mali due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping Violent crime, such as kidnapping and armed robbery, is common in the regions of northern and central Mali. Violent crime is a particular concern during local holidays and seasonal events in Bamako, its suburbs, and Mali’s southern regions. Roadblocks and random police checkpoints are commonplace throughout the country, especially at night. Terrorist and armed groups continue plotting kidnappings and attacks in Mali. They may attack with little or no warning, targeting night clubs, hotels, restaurants, places of worship, Western diplomatic missions, and other locations frequented by foreigners. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the northern and central regions of Mali as U.S. government employees travel to these regions is restricted due to security concerns. Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Mali, the Federal Aviation Administration […]

  • Turkey - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Areas near the Syria and Iraq borders due to terrorism and kidnapping. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Terrorists have also previously targeted Western tourists and expatriates. Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, for alleged affiliations with terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated. U.S. citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey. […]

  • Haiti - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Haiti due to crime, civil unrest, and kidnapping. There is an ongoing risk of widespread, violent, and unpredictable demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti.  Due to these demonstrations, on February 14, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Haiti. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common, and incidents of kidnapping have occurred.  Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent. Travelers are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. The U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official […]

  • Nigeria - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping and piracy. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory Do Not Travel to: Borno and Yobe States and northern Adamawa State due to terrorism Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, and rape is common throughout the country. Exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence.  Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather. Sporadic violence occurs between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas, claiming hundreds of lives each year.  Avoid travel to the Gulf of Guinea due to the threat of […]

  • Philippines - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in the Philippines due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, a measles outbreak, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  Do Not Travel to: The Sulu Archipelago, including the southern Sulu Sea, due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. Marawi City in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest. Reconsider Travel to: Other areas of Mindanao due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. Terrorist and armed groups continue plotting possible kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in the Philippines. Terrorist and armed groups may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. The Philippine government has declared a “State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence in Mindanao.” There is an outbreak of measles in the Philippines. Philippine authorities have reported deaths in the National Capital […]

  • Cameroon - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Cameroon due to crime.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions, and Parts of East and Adamawa Regions due to crime and kidnapping. Far North Region due to terrorism. Northwest and Southwest Regions due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery and carjacking, is common throughout Cameroon.  Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in North, Far North, Northwest, Southwest, and Parts of Adamawa and East Regions of Cameroon due to current official travel restrictions. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Cameroon: Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches, handbags, or jewelry. Monitor local media for breaking events and be […]

  • Central African Republic - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Central African Republic (CAR) due to crime, civil unrest, and kidnapping. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, aggravated battery, and homicide, is common. Large areas of the country are controlled by armed groups who regularly kidnap, injure, and/or kill civilians. In the event of unrest, airport, land border, and road closures may occur with little or no notice. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic; U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside the Embassy compound. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Central African Republic (CAR): Enroll your trip in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney. Discuss a plan with loved ones […]

  • Colombia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: Arauca, Cauca (except Popayan), Chocó (except Nuquí), Nariño, and Norte de Santander (except Cucuta) departments due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider Travel to: Several departments throughout the country due to crime and terrorism. Violent crime, such as homicide, assault, and armed robbery, is common. Organized criminal activities, such as extortion, robbery, and kidnapping for ransom, are widespread.  While the Colombian government signed a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) terrorist group, some dissident groups refuse to demobilize. The National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist organization continues plotting possible attacks in Colombia. They may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, […]

  • Nicaragua - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on April 3, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to civil unrest, crime, limited healthcare availability, and arbitrary enforcement of laws. On September 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of State lifted the ordered departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and family members. The U.S. Embassy in Managua is open to the public and provides the full range of consular services. Throughout Nicaragua, armed and violent uniformed police or civilians in plain clothes acting as police (“para-police”) continue to target anyone considered to be in opposition to the rule of President Ortega. The government and its affiliated armed groups have been reported to: Arbitrarily detain pro-democracy protestors, with credible claims of torture and disappearances. Systematically target opposition figures, including clergy, human rights advocates, and members of the press. Prevent certain individuals from departing Nicaragua by air or land. Seize private property. Arbitrarily search personal […]

  • Kyrgyzstan - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 3, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in the Kyrgyz Republic.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to the Kyrgyz Republic: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for the Kyrgyz Republic. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with no edits. […]

  • Kazakhstan - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 3, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Kazakhstan.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Kazakhstan: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Kazakhstan. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with no edits. […]

  • Nauru - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Nauru. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Nauru: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review without changes. […]

  • Morocco - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Morocco due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Morocco. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Morocco: Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Twitter and Facebook. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Morocco. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Raised to Level 2 due to terrorism after periodic review. […]

  • New Caledonia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in New Caledonia. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to New Caledonia: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review without changes. […]

  • France - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in France due to terrorism and civil unrest. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in France. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Demonstrations in Paris and other major cities continue in France and are expected to continue in the coming weeks. Property damage, including looting and arson, in populated tourist areas has occurred with reckless disregard for public safety. Police have responded with water cannons, rubber bullets, and tear gas. The U.S. Embassy is advising official U.S. government travelers to avoid travel to Paris and other major cities in France on the weekends. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to […]

  • Sweden - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on March 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Sweden.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Sweden: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.  Review the Crime and Safety Report for Sweden. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review without changes. […]

  • Comoros - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on March 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to The Union of the Comoros due to civil unrest.                    Comoros is experiencing civil and political unrest, including armed conflict, roadblocks, and protests following a contested election. Comorian officials have responded to demonstrations with force. Travel services into, out of, and within the Comoros may be disrupted without notice. U.S. government personnel under Chief of Mission authority have been temporarily relocated off Comoros.     The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Union of the Comoros. U.S. citizens in the Comoros must contact the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo for consular assistance. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Comoros:  Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Stay away from […]

  • Burma (Myanmar) - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on March 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Burma due to areas of civil unrest and armed conflict. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  Do not travel to: Buthidaung, Kyauktaw, Maungdaw, Minbya, Mrauk- U, Ponnagyun, and Rathedaung townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest and armed conflict. Paletwa township in Chin State due to civil unrest and armed conflict Hpakan, Mansi, Momauk, Sumprabum, Tanai, and Waingmaw townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest and armed conflict. Hpapun township in Kayin State due to civil unrest. Konkyan, Kutkai, Kyaukme, Laukkaing, Matman, Mongmao, Muse, Namphan, Pangsang, and Pangwaun townships in Shan State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.  Reconsider travel to: Matupi township in Chin State due to civil unrest. Bhamo and Mogaung townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest.         Hopang, Hseni, Hsipaw, Mongkaung, Namhsan, Namtu, and Nanhkan townships in […]

  • French Polynesia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on March 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in French Polynesia. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to French Polynesia: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review without changes. […]

  • Vanuatu - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on March 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Vanuatu. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Vanuatu: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Spain - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Spain due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Spain. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Spain: Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues. Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety […]

  • Togo - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on March 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Togo. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Level 3 Areas - Reconsider Travel To: Northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to terrorism. Level 2 Areas - Exercise Increased Caution In: The cities of Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango due to civil unrest. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Togo: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry. Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible. Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts […]

  • India - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on March 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The state of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest. Within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict. Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and government facilities.  The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in rural areas from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these areas.  Read the Safety and Security section on […]

  • Barbados - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on March 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Barbados. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Barbados: Do not travel to the following areas due to crime: Crab Hill, St. Lucy Ivy, St. Michael Nelson Street, Bridgetown (at night) Wellington Street, Bridgetown (at night) Jolly Roger and Buccaneer Cruises (at night) Exercise increased caution in the following areas due to crime: Black Rock Deacons Carrington Village Green Fields New Orleans Pine Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Barbados. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]