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.

  • Serbia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Serbia due to crime. Violence associated with organized crime and high-profile sporting events in Serbia is common. Organized criminal activities such as car bombings and assassinations by shooting can occur in all areas at any time. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Serbia: Be aware of your surroundings. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry. Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is. Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. Carry a copy of your passport and visa (if applicable) and leave the original in your hotel safe. Provide your itinerary to a family member or friend. Monitor local media. 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 […]

  • Montenegro - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 15, 2020 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. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review without changes.

  • Timor-Leste - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 15, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Timor-Leste due to crime and civil unrest.   Country Summary: Timor-Leste has seen isolated instances of police responding to protests with force and the use of tear gas. Stone throwing attacks on vehicles can occur during gang conflicts and periods of unrest. Gender-based violence is high in Timor-Leste, and sexual harassment is fairly common. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Timor-Leste: Be aware of your surroundings. Use caution when walking or driving at night. Avoid demonstrations or crowds. Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation. 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 Timor-Leste. Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page. Prepare a […]

  • Slovenia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 15, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Slovenia.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Slovenia: 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 Slovenia. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update:  Reissued after periodic review without changes.

  • Italy - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 15, 2020 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. Prepare […]

  • Brazil - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 14, 2020 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/100 miles 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.) Informal housing developments (commonly referred to in Brazil as favelas, vilas, comunidades, 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). Country Summary:  Violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, and carjacking, is common in urban areas, day and night.  Gang activity and […]

  • Canada - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 14, 2020 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. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update:   Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.

  • Poland - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 14, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Poland.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Poland: 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 Poland. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.

  • Croatia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 14, 2020 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. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.

  • Kyrgyzstan - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 13, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Kyrgyzstan. 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 on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for the Kyrgyz Republic. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to Travel Advisory Level.

  • Australia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 13, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Australia. Areas affected by bushfires have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Australian Capital Territory, Central Tablelands of New South Wales State, South Eastern Victoria State – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Exercise increased caution in areas affected by bushfires and air quality issues. Visitors should exercise increased caution when considering travel to areas affected by bushfires until the risks posed by bushfires, and resulting poor air quality, have passed. Authorities may issue evacuation orders to certain areas as conditions warrant. Travelers should follow local evacuation orders. Smoke from bushfires is causing poor air quality, which can increase health risks for travelers with related health conditions. Check the air quality for your destinations and take precautions as needed. Monitor local news media outlets for updates on areas under evacuation. Dial 000 (triple zero) for immediate assistance […]

  • Iraq - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on January 11, 2020 at 12:00 am

    The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Iraq on January 11, 2020.  The Department continues to advise travelers not to travel to Iraq.  This replaces the previous Travel Advisory issued on January 3, 2020. 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 threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur in many areas of the country, including Baghdad. On December 31, 2019, the Embassy suspended public consular services, until further notice, as a result of damage done by Iranian-backed terrorist attacks on the Embassy compound.  U.S. Consulate General Erbil remains open and continues to provide consular services.  On October 18, […]

  • Samoa - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on January 8, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Samoa.  Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Samoa: 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 edits.

  • Costa Rica - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 7, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Costa Rica due to crime. Country Summary: While petty crime is the predominant threat for tourists in Costa Rica, violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault, occurs in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government provides additional security resources in areas frequented by tourists. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Costa Rica: 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. U.S. citizens should always exercise caution when traveling abroad. Follow the Department of State on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Costa Rica. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. […]

  • Bolivia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 6, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Bolivia due to civil unrest. Country Summary: Demonstrations, strikes, and roadblocks can occur at any time in Bolivia. Demonstrations can result in violence. Roadblocks and strikes have cut off traffic and restricted the flow of goods and services around the country. Domestic and international flights may be delayed or unexpectedly cancelled. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Bolivia: Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Contact your airline or travel agency prior to travel Avoid demonstration 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Bolivia. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review […]

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on January 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime, civil unrest, and Ebola. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri provinces due to Ebola North Kivu and Ituri provinces due to terrorism. The eastern DRC region and the three Kasai provinces (Kasai, Kasai-Oriental, Kasai-Central) due to crime, civil unrest, armed conflict and kidnapping. Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, and assault, is common and local police lack resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Assailants may pose as police or security agents. Demonstrations are common in many cities and some have turned violent. Police have at times responded with heavy-handed tactics that resulted in civilian casualties and arrests. There is an outbreak of the Ebola virus in eastern DRC, which may affect other areas in the country.  The CDC issued a Level 2 Travel Notice for […]

  • Nepal - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on January 2, 2020 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. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review without changes.

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

    Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese citizens. Country Summary: The Chinese government has asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using “exit bans,” sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years. The Chinese government 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 […]

  • Azerbaijan - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 30, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Azerbaijan due to the risk of terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Azerbaijan. 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. Do not travel to: The Nagorno-Karabakh region due to armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Azerbaijan:. 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 […]

  • Armenia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 30, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Armenia. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Nagorno-Karabakh region due to armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Armenia: 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 Armenia. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Nagorno-Karabakh Casualties continue to occur in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Intermittent gunfire and occasional use of artillery systems, including land mines and mortars, result in deaths and injuries each year. Avoid roads near the ‘line of contact’ and roads near the international border between […]

  • Zambia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Eswatini - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Botswana - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Namibia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Lesotho - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Indonesia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 27, 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. Country Summary: Terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in Indonesia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting police stations, places of worship, hotels, bars, nightclubs, markets/shopping malls, 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) […]

  • Mauritania - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Mauritania due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: Areas designated as off limits by the Mauritanian military due to crime and terrorism. Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as mugging, armed robbery, and assault, are common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crimes. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting places frequented by Westerners. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Mauritania as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside Nouakchott. U.S. government employees may travel only during daylight hours and are prohibited from walking alone outside of designated areas and times. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to the Mauritania: Use caution when walking or driving at night. Always […]

  • Iran - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on December 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping and the arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Country Summary:  U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Iran have been kidnapped, arrested, and detained on spurious charges. Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans--including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics--on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security.  Iranian authorities routinely delay consular access to detained U.S. citizens and consistently deny consular access to dual U.S.-Iranian citizens. 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 the risks of operating civilian aircraft within or in the vicinity of Iran, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice […]

  • North Macedonia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in North Macedonia.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to North Macedonia: 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 North Macedonia. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler's Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor changes.

  • South Africa - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime, civil unrest, and drought. Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and "smash-and-grab" attacks on vehicles, is common. There is a higher risk of violent crime in townships and the central business districts of major cities after dark. Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently. Such events have the potential to turn violent. These can develop quickly without prior notification, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services. Parts of South Africa are experiencing severe weather conditions, including drought and/or flooding. Water supplies in some areas may be affected and there may be restrictions on water usage in some municipalities. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to South Africa: Avoid walking alone, especially after dark. Use caution when visiting townships and the central […]

  • Mali - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on December 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Mali due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping Country Summary: Violent crime, such as kidnapping and armed robbery, is common in 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 employee 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 […]

  • Hong Kong - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest. Country Summary: Since June 2019, large scale and smaller political demonstrations have taken place in various areas of Hong Kong, including MTR stations, shopping malls, universities, and at Hong Kong International airport. While many demonstrations have been peaceful, some have resulted in violent confrontations between protesters and police – or between protesters and people who oppose the demonstrations – leading to serious injuries. Police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and water cannons. Some protesters have lit fires, built barricades, and thrown Molotov cocktails (petrol bombs).  Police have identified and seized weapons and explosive materials linked to ongoing protest activity.  On October 4, the government invoked the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban face masks at public gatherings. Any protests that take […]

  • South Korea - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in South Korea.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to South Korea: 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 Korea. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

  • Niger - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on December 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Niger due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Country Summary: 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 […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in Belgium due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Belgium. 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, music, 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 the Belgium: Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. 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 Belgium. Prepare a contingency plan […]

  • Mauritius - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Seychelles - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Seychelles. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Seychelles: 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 Seychelles. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with changes to the “If you decide to travel” section.

  • Mexico - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 17, 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 certain 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 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, between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D, and between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey on Highway 85D (during daylight hours and with prior Consulate […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Fiji. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Fiji: 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 Fiji. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Periodic Review with edits to the Local Laws and Special Circumstances Section.

  • Sierra Leone - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Sierra Leone due to crime. Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery, and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources, capacity, and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Freetown at night as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling outside the capital after dark. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Sierra Leone: Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry. 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 secure location.  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 […]

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

    Do not travel to Central African Republic (CAR) due to crime, civil unrest, and kidnapping. Country Summary: Violent crime such as armed robbery, assault, sexual assault, carjacking, and homicide is common throughout the country. Large areas of the country are controlled by armed groups fighting for control of territory. They regularly commit serious crimes, such as assault, kidnapping, and murder. Large gatherings and extrajudicial mobs can form quickly and become violent. Authorities may close airports, land borders, and roads with little or no notice. The U.S. government has an extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic due to the lack of permanent consular presence. U.S. government employees are subject to a curfew and limited movement. They must obtain special authorization to travel outside of Bangui. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information […]

  • The Gambia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in The Gambia. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.       Exercise Increased Caution In: The Gambia’s southern border area adjacent to Senegal’s Casamance region due to the potential presence of landmines. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to The Gambia: Do not stray from main roads and well-traveled locations if you travel to areas bordering the Casamance region of Senegal. 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 Gambia. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. The Gambia’s Southern Border with Senegal – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Some […]

  • Equatorial Guinea - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Equatorial Guinea. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Equatorial Guinea: 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 Equatorial Guinea. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor grammatical edits.  

  • Rwanda - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Rwanda. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise Increased Caution in: The Rwanda-Burundi border due to armed conflict. The Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border due to armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Rwanda: 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 Rwanda. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Rwanda-Burundi Border—Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution The Nyungwe Forest National Park abuts the border with Burundi. Borders may not be clearly marked. It is required to obtain permits from the Rwanda Development Board prior to entry. Relations […]

  • Cabo Verde - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Cabo Verde.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise Increased Caution In: Praia due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Cabo Verde: Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Use caution when walking or driving at night. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry. Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is. Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. 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 Cabo Verde. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Praia – Level 2:  Exercise Increased Caution Violent crime, such […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to crime, terrorism, and targeting of LGBTI persons. Country Summary: Violent crime, such as assault, sexual assault, robberies, mugging, and carjacking, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Tanzania. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting embassies, police stations, mosques, and other places frequented by Westerners. Members of the LGBTI community have been arrested, targeted, harassed, and/or charged with unrelated offenses. Individuals detained under suspicion of same-sex sexual conduct could be subject to forced anal examinations. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Tanzania: Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa and keep original documents in a secure location. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not leave your food or drink unattended. Stay […]

  • Venezuela - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on December 2, 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. Country Summary: On March 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel from U.S. Embassy Caracas. All consular services, routine and emergency, are suspended until further notice. 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. […]

  • South Sudan - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on November 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to South Sudan due to crime, kidnapping, and armed conflict. Country Summary: 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 and includes fighting between various political and ethnic groups. 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. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in South Sudan. U.S. government personnel in […]

  • Burkina Faso - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on November 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism, crime, and kidnapping.  Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso. Terrorists may conduct attacks anywhere with little or no warning. Targets could include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, areas at or near mining sites, places of worship, military posts, and schools. Kidnapping and hostage taking is a threat throughout the country.  On May 10, 2019 a hostage rescue operation freed four international hostages that had been kidnapped in Burkina Faso and in neighboring Benin.    The Government of Burkina Faso has maintained a state of emergency in the entire East and Sahel regions, the provinces of Kossi and Sourou in the Boucle de Mouhoun region, the province of Kenedougou in the Hauts Bassins region, the province of Loroum in the North region, and the province of Koulpelogo in the Center-East region. The U.S. government is unable to provide […]

  • The Bahamas - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on November 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in the Bahamas due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Country Summary: 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. Watercrafts 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. Exercise caution in the area known as "Over the Hill" (south of Shirley Street) and the […]

  • Yemen - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on November 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Yemen due to terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, kidnapping, armed conflict, and landmines.   The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a suspended its operations in February 2015, and the U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Yemen. 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 […]

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

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

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

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

  • New Zealand - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on November 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in New Zealand.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to New Zealand: 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 New Zealand.  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 minor edits.

  • Cuba - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on November 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Cuba due to demonstrable and sometimes debilitating injuries to members of our diplomatic community resulting in the drawdown of embassy staff. Numerous U.S. Embassy Havana employees suffered demonstrable and sometimes debilitating injuries during their service in Havana. Affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms including ear complaints and hearing loss, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, cognitive issues, visual problems, and difficulty sleeping. We continue to investigate how the health of our diplomats and their family members was severely and permanently damaged. These symptoms occurred in U.S. diplomatic residences (including a long-term apartment at the Atlantic) and at Hotel Nacional and Hotel Capri in Havana. The U.S. Embassy in Havana is operating with reduced staffing. Family members cannot accompany U.S. government employees who work in Cuba. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If […]

  • Tajikistan - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on November 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Tajikistan due to terrorism.   Terrorist organizations, including ISIS, are known to have a presence in the region. Most recently, on November 6, 2019, there was a deadly attack at a border post in Rudaki district, on the Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border. Last year, on July 29, 2018, U.S. citizens were targeted in a terrorist attack in Danghara while bicycling in the central region of the country. ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks. Tajik authorities maintain a high level of security to thwart terrorist attacks. This could lead terrorists to seek softer targets including facilities where U.S. citizens and other foreigners congregate such as residential areas; clubs and restaurants; places of worship; schools; hotels; outdoor recreational events, including popular hiking areas; and resorts. U.S. citizens should avoid predictable patterns of movement and revealing their personal information and location on social media. If using social media, […]

  • Dominica - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on November 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Dominica due to civil unrest.                    Country Summary:  Demonstrations and protests can take place with little or no notice.  Local authorities have used tear gas to disrupt protests.    Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Dominica: 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 Dominica. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update:  Reissued with updates to the Risk Indicators

  • French Guiana - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on November 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in French Guiana. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to French Guiana: 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.

  • Djibouti - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on November 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Djibouti. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Djibouti: 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 Djibouti. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.

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

    Exercise increased caution in Chile due to civil unrest. Read the entire Travel Advisory and Travel Alerts. There have been large-scale demonstrations in Santiago and other major cities in Chile.  Demonstrations can take place with little or no notice.  Many protests occur with little regard for public safety, and have resulted in property damage, looting, arson, and transportation disruptions.  Local authorities have used water cannons and tear gas to disrupt protests. The government-imposed State of Emergency was lifted on October 28, 2019.  The State of Emergency included curfews in multiple cities, which were enforced by police and the armed forces. While the State of Emergency was lifted, there continue to be conflicts between protestors and Chilean police in Santiago and other cities in Chile. You should remain vigilant, monitor local media for updates and avoid protests and demonstrations. Expect disruptions to transportation, particularly in Santiago. […]