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.

  • Yemen - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on February 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Yemen due to terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, 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. The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a suspended its operations in February 2015. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Yemen. No part of Yemen is immune to violence. Critical levels of violence, to include armed conflict, artillery shelling, and air strikes, persist throughout the country. There are also reports of landmines throughout Yemen. Military conflict has caused significant destruction of infrastructure, housing, medical […]

  • Burkina Faso - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on February 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism.  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, the Sahel and […]

  • Haiti - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on February 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Haiti due to crime and civil unrest. There are currently 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. 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 transportation to and from the airport, and it takes steps to […]

  • Turkey - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on February 14, 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. 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. Participation in […]

  • Afghanistan - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on February 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Afghanistan due to armed conflict, terrorism, crime, and civil unrest.  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, gymnasiums, […]

  • Pakistan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on February 13, 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.  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 resulted in […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime. Violent crime, such as robbery, murder, and sexual assault, is common. 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. 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. 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 Dominican Republic. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last […]

  • Ghana - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on February 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Ghana. Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: Urban Areas due to crime. Intercity highways after dark due to crime. Parts of the Brong Ahafo, Northern, and Upper East Regions due to civil unrest. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Ghana: 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 Ghana. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Urban Areas – Level 2:  Exercise Increased Caution Violent crime, such as street mugging, is more frequent in urban areas as compared to their surrounding suburbs. These crimes are […]

  • Brazil - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on February 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Brazil due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Any areas within 150 km of Brazil’s land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay due to crime. (Note: This does not apply to the Foz do Iguacu National Park or Pantanal National Park.) Do not use public buses in and around Recife due to crime (see additional information below). Informal housing developments (commonly referred to in Brazil as favelas, vilas, communidades, and/or conglomerados), at any time of day due to crime (see additional information below). Brasilia’s administrative regions (commonly known as “satellite cities”) of Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastiao, and Paranoa during non-daylight hours due to crime (see additional information below). Recife’s Pina Beach from Dona Benvinda de Farias Street to the Brasilia Teimosa neighborhood […]

  • Mozambique - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on February 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Mozambique. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province due to violent extremism. Exercise increased caution in: Maputo due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Mozambique: Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Consider hiring a professional security organization if traveling to the affected areas of Cabo Delgado. Be aware of increased government security checkpoints in Cabo Delgado Province. 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 Mozambique. U.S. citizens who travel […]

  • Egypt - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on February 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Egypt due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Sinai Peninsula (with the exception of travel to Sharm El-Sheikh by air) due to terrorism. The Western Desert due to terrorism. Egyptian border areas due to military zones.  Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Egypt. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Terrorists have conducted attacks in urban areas, including in Cairo, despite the heavy security presence. Terrorists have targeted religious sites, to include mosques, churches, monasteries, and buses traveling to these locations. Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Egypt, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more […]

  • Nigeria - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on February 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to elections, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, 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 Federal general elections in Nigeria are scheduled for February 16, 2019, and the state elections for March 2, 2019. These election dates may be subject to change. The risk of violence is heightened during election periods, and in recent elections, some election-related demonstrations have resulted in violence. The Nigerian government may impose additional travel restrictions as the elections approach, sometimes without notice, which may affect travel plans. Expect additional police and military checkpoints and possible road blocks throughout the country during elections. Regular road travel is prohibited on election days, and airports and stores will be closed. Additionally, ISIS West Africa (ISIS-WA) and Boko Haram […]

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on January 31, 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: Eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, sexual assault, and physical assault, is common. Assailants may pose as police or security agents. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Many cities throughout the country experience demonstrations, some of which have been violent. The government has 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, notably in eastern DRC and Kasais. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel […]

  • Guinea - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 31, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Guinea due to civil unrest. Frequent, unpredictable demonstrations occur across the country. Some have turned violent, resulting in injuries and several fatalities. Demonstrators have also attacked vehicles when drivers attempted to pass through or around the protests. Criminals take advantage of the resulting traffic congestion to rob/extort money from drivers and pedestrians. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Guinea: 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 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 Guinea. U.S. […]

  • Chad - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on January 30, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Chad due to crime, terrorism, and minefields.           Violent crimes, such as armed robbery, carjacking, and muggings, have been reported. There was a significant increase in these crimes in 2018. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreigners, local security forces, and civilians. They can easily cross borders, including in the Lake Chad region; borders may close without notice.  There are unmapped and undocumented minefields along the borders with both Libya and Sudan.  The U.S. government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Chad as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of the capital, including the Lake Chad Basin. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page If you decide to travel to Chad: ·         Visit our website for […]

  • Venezuela - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on January 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. 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. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 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 (CDC) issued a […]

  • Ethiopia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 29, 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, 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 provide consular services to, […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Thailand. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla provinces due to civil unrest. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Thailand: 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 Reports for Thailand. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla Provinces – Level 3: Reconsider Travel Periodic violence directed mostly at Thai government interests by a domestic insurgency continues to affect security in the southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla. U.S. […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider Travel To: The northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to terrorism. Parc W due to terrorism. Exercise Increased Caution In: Urban areas due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Benin: 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 Benin. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Northern Border Region and Parc W – Level 3: Reconsider Travel Extremist groups have carried out attacks in areas of Burkina Faso adjacent […]

  • El Salvador - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on January 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to El Salvador due to crime. Violent crime, such as murder, assault, rape, and armed robbery, is common. Gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics and arms trafficking, is widespread. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to El Salvador: Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking or driving at night. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry. Engage local guides certified by the national or local tourist authority when hiking in back country areas. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.  Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Uruguay. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Uruguay: 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 Uruguay. 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. &nbs […]

  • Bhutan - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Bhutan.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Bhutan: 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. 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. […]

  • Sri Lanka - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions when traveling to Sri Lanka.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to the Sri Lanka: 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 Sri Lanka. 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. […]

  • Togo - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Togo. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider Travel To: Northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to terrorism. 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 and make it easier to locate you […]

  • Paraguay - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Paraguay. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: Amambay, Alto Paraná, Canindeyu, San Pedro, and Concepcion departments due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Paraguay: 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 Paraguay. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Departments of Amambay, Alto Paraná, Canindeyu, San Pedro, and Concepcion Transnational criminal elements are active and engage in illicit trafficking of arms, narcotics, and goods in these departments, which are located along Paraguay’s northeastern border with Brazil. Police […]

  • Worldwide Caution - Caution
    on January 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    This latest update to the Department of State’s Worldwide Caution provides U.S. citizens with general information regarding terrorist activities, political violence and criminal activity that transpire abroad, as well as specific recommendations on how to prepare for possible contingencies, receive information on breaking security events and ensure that travelers can be contacted in an emergency. This version replaces the Worldwide Caution dated July 2, 2018. As terrorist attacks, political violence (including demonstrations), criminal activities and other security incidents often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad. When planning a trip and prior to departing the United States, U.S. citizens should consult country specific Travel Advisories and information pages on travel.state.gov. Travelers are also urged to enroll in […]

  • Gabon - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Gabon. Exercise Increased Caution in: Libreville and Port Gentil due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Gabon: 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 Gabon. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Libreville and Port Gentil Crimes such as robbery, vehicle break-ins, and residential burglaries are common. […]

  • Sao Tome and Principe - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Sao Tome and Principe.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Sao Tome and Principe: 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 Sao Tome & Principe. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Antarctica - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Antarctica due to environmental hazards posed by extreme and unpredictable weather.  The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Antarctica as the U.S government does not have an embassy or consulate in Antarctica. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Antarctica: Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation. Travel with a professional guide or organization. Contact the Department of State’s Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs for information at Antarctica@state.gov. 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. […]

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines: 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 St. Vincent and the Grenadines. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Saint Lucia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in St. Lucia. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to St. 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 St. Lucia. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Mongolia.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Mongolia: 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 Mongolia. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Canada. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Canada: 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 Reports for Canada. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Montserrat - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Montserrat. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Montserrat: 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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Barbados - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Barbados. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Barbados: 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. […]

  • Curaçao - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Curacao. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Curacao: 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 Curacao. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Bermuda - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Bermuda. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Bermuda: 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 Bermuda. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in Nepal due to the potential for isolated political violence.  Political demonstrations intended to be peaceful can sometimes escalate into violence, and may be met with force by Nepali authorities.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Nepal: Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Do not trek alone.  Be aware that infrastructure, government services, and medical assistance may not be up to U.S. standards. 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 Nepal. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Algeria - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 8, 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. Areas in the Sahara Desert due to terrorism. 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 possible; remain on major highways if you must […]

  • Aruba - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Aruba. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Aruba: 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 Curaçao, which covers Aruba. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Sint Maarten - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Sint Maarten. Read the Safety and Security section on the counry information page. If you decide to travel to Sint Maarten: 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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba (BES). Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to BES: 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 Curaçao, which covers BES. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Cayman Islands - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in the Cayman Islands. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to the Cayman Islands: 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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Grenada - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Grenada. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Grenada: 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 Grenada. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Liberia. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: Urban areas and public beaches due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Liberia: 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 Liberia. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Urban Areas and Public Beaches Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crimes. […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Cambodia. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  Exercise increased caution in: Phnom Penh due to crime. Very remote areas of Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Siem Reap, Pailin, and Kampong Thom provinces due to land mines. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Cambodia: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Be sure to put an end date to your trip when you enroll. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Cambodia. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Phnom Penh Street crime, particularly phone and bag snatchings, occurs frequently in areas where foreigners gather; resistance can result in injury. We urge all travelers to be […]

  • Georgia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 4, 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 civil unrest, crime, 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 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 territories will likely result in your […]

  • Belize - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Belize due to crime. Violent crime – such as sexual assault, home invasions, armed robberies, and murder – are common even during daylight hours and in tourist areas. A significant portion of violent crime is gang-related. Due to high crime travelers are advised to exercise caution while traveling to the south side of Belize City. Local police lack the resources and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Most crimes remain unresolved and unprosecuted. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Belize: Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking or driving at night. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  Follow […]

  • China - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 3, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals. Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years. China uses exit bans coercively: to compel U.S. citizens to participate in Chinese government investigations, to lure individuals back to China from abroad, and to aid Chinese authorities in resolving civil disputes in favor of Chinese parties. In most cases, U.S. citizens only become aware of the exit ban when they attempt to depart China, and there is no method to find out how long the ban may continue. U.S. citizens under exit bans have been harassed and threatened. U.S. citizens may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention for […]

  • Indonesia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 3, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Indonesia due to terrorism and natural disasters. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Central Sulawesi and Papua due to civil unrest. Terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in Indonesia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting police stations, places of worship, hotels, bars, nightclubs, shopping areas, and restaurants. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis or volcano eruptions may result in disruptions to transportation, infrastructure, sanitation, and the availability of health services. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Indonesia: Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.  Visit the websites for Badan Geologi (Indonesian Geological Agency, Indonesian language only) and Badan Nasional Penaggulangan Bencana (National Board […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Croatia.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Croatia: 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 Croatia. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Luxembourg. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Luxembourg: 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 Luxembourg. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. &nbs […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Vietnam.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Vietnam: 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 Reports for Vietnam. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Qatar.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Qatar: 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 Qatar. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Tunisia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Tunisia due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.   Do not travel to: Within 30 km of southeastern Tunisia along the border with Libya due to terrorism. Mountainous areas in the country’s west, including the Chaambi Mountain National Park area, due to terrorism. The desert south of Remada due to the military zone. Jendouba south of Ain Drahem and west of RN15, El Kef, and Kasserine, next to the Algerian border due to terrorism. Sidi Bou Zid in central Tunisia due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Tunisia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, museums, resorts, hotels, festivals, nightclubs, restaurants, religious sites, markets/shopping malls, government facilities and security forces. A country-wide state of emergency, which grants security forces more authority to maintain civil order and enables the […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Bahrain.  Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page.  If you decide to travel to Bahrain: 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 Bahrain. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Taiwan.  Read the Safety and Security section on the information page. If you decide to travel to Taiwan: 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 Taiwan. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Montenegro - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 31, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Montenegro.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Montenegro: 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 Montenegro. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Italy - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 31, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Italy due to terrorism.  Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Italy. 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 Italy: 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 Reports for Italy. U.S. […]

  • Macau - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 31, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Macau.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Macau: 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 Macau. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]