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.

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

    Exercise increased caution in Ecuador due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Demonstrations and road blockades continue throughout the country and are expected to continue in the coming weeks. There are reports of associated pockets of violence. Police have responded with tear gas. Travel, including flights, may be seriously disrupted.  The U.S. Embassy has restricted its personnel from traveling within and between cities and provinces until further notice, except for travel to the Galapagos Islands and domestic airline connections that are part of an international itinerary. This includes both travel by air and road. For Embassy Quito personnel, travel is restricted to within the greater Quito metropolitan area. For U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil personnel, travel is restricted to within the city of Guayaquil. Do not travel to: Azuay, Bolívar, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Guayas (including Guayaquil), Imbabura, Loja, Los […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime, civil unrest, health concerns, natural disasters, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider Travel to: Areas near the Panguna mine in Bougainville due to civil unrest. The Highlands region due to the long-term effects of a natural disaster that occurred in February 2018 and civil unrest. Areas in the vicinity of Mt. Ulawun on the island of New Britain due to natural disaster. Country Summary: Violent crime, including sexual assault, carjackings, home invasions, kidnappings, and armed robberies, is common. Tensions between communal or clan groups may result in violence at any time without warning. Police presence is limited outside of the capital Port Moresby, and police may be unable to assist due to limited resources. Public demonstrations, especially in population centers, are common and may turn violent. Even peaceful demonstrations may present opportunities for criminal […]

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

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

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

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

  • Hong Kong - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on October 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest. Since June 2019, large scale and smaller political demonstrations have taken place in various areas of Hong Kong, including MTR stations, shopping malls, and at Hong Kong International airport. While protests are generally peaceful, they sometimes become violent and disrupt transportation across Hong Kong. Police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including the deployment of tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons. On October 4, the government invoked the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban face masks at public gatherings. Any protests that take place without a permit are considered illegal. The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighborhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies. These demonstrations, which can take place with little or no notice, are likely to continue. U.S. citizens, as well as U.S. Consulate General employees, have been subject to a […]

  • Burma (Myanmar) - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on October 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Guinea-Bissau - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on October 3, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Guinea-Bissau due to crime and civil unrest. Country Summary:  Violent crime is common in Guinea-Bissau.  Aggressive vendors, panhandlers, and occasionally criminals target foreigners at the Bissau airport and other crowded areas, especially Bandim Market in the center of the capital. Local police lack the resources, capacity, and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. The country has been beset by chronic political and institutional dysfunction for decades, and there is the potential for violence. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens because there is no U.S. Embassy in Guinea-Bissau. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Guinea-Bissau: Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or […]

  • Chad - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on October 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Chad due to crime, terrorism, and minefields.           Country Summary: 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 Travel […]

  • El Salvador - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on October 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution when traveling to El Salvador due to crime. Country Summary: 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. 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 […]

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

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

  • Laos - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on October 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in Laos. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Xaisomboun Province due to civil unrest. Exercise increased caution in: Remote areas along the border with Burma due to crime. Areas of Savannakhet, Xieng Khouang, Saravane, Khammouane, Sekong, Champassak, Houaphan, Attapeu, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane provinces, as well as along Route 7 (from Route 13 to the Vietnam border), Route 9 (Savannakhet to the Vietnam border), and Route 20 (Pakse to Saravane) due to unexploded bombs. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Laos: Do not touch unknown metal objects and avoid traveling off well-used roads, tracks, and paths due to risk of unexploded ordnance. 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 […]

  • Tanzania - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on September 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to crime, terrorism, health issues, and targeting of LGBTI persons. 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. On September 10, 2019, CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) were made aware of unofficial reports regarding the unexplained death of a person two days earlier from probable Ebola in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. This individual reportedly traveled around the country while ill, including to the cities of Songea, Njombe, and Mbeya. Members of the LGBTI community have been arrested, targeted, harassed, and/or charged with unrelated offenses. Individuals detained under suspicion of same-sex […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Finland. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Finland: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel 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 Finland. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update:  Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.  

  • Sudan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on September 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Sudan due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.   Country Summary: Crime, such as kidnapping, armed robbery, home invasion, and carjacking can occur.  This type of crime is more frequent outside of Khartoum. Members of known terrorist groups continue to be in Sudan and could pose a threat.  Terrorist groups in Sudan may harm Westerners and Western interests through suicide operations, bombings, shootings, and kidnappings.  They may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreign and local government facilities, and areas frequented by Westerners.    Demonstrations can occur with no warning.  Recent demonstrations in Khartoum have been planned and peaceful with no police response.  However, police and other security forces may respond to public demonstrations with violence.  Foreigners could be targeted in reaction to national and international events.   Violence continues along the […]

  • Saudi Arabia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Saudi Arabia due to terrorism and the threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian targets. Do not travel to: Within 50 miles of the border with Yemen due to terrorism and armed conflict. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Saudi Arabia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Terrorists have targeted both Saudi and Western government interests, mosques and other religious sites (both Sunni and Shia), and places frequented by U.S. citizens and other Westerners. Regional actors hostile to Saudi Arabia have conducted destructive and sometimes lethal attacks against a variety of targets including critical infrastructure, military facilities, airports, and energy facilities throughout the country, as well as vessels in Red Sea shipping lanes. Riyadh, Yanbu, areas in proximity to Jeddah, the civilian airport in Abha, […]

  • Norway - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on September 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Norway. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Norway: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel 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 Norway. 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.

  • Turkey - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on September 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution when traveling 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 Syrian and Iraqi borders due to terrorism. (Level 4) Reconsider travel to: Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli, and Van (Level 3) 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 […]

  • The Bahamas - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on August 30, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Freeport, Grand Bahama – Level 3: Reconsider Travel Exercise increased caution in Freeport, Grand Bahama due to Hurricane Dorian. On August 29, The Department of State ordered non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. government employees to depart Freeport, Grand Bahama in The Bahamas in advance of Hurricane Dorian. If you decide to travel to The Bahamas: Exercise caution in the area known as "Over the Hill" (south of Shirley Street) and the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay in Nassau, especially at night. Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. 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 Bahamas. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency and […]

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

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

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Chile. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Chile: 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 Chile. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with no updates 

  • Malawi - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on August 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Malawi due to civil unrest. Scheduled political demonstrations have recently occurred in several cities and towns in Malawi. On occasion, acts of vandalism and looting have accompanied these demonstrations, and police have responded by deploying tear gas. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Malawi: 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. 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 Malawi. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued with […]

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

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

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

    Exercise normal precautions when traveling in Cyprus. Do not attempt to enter the United Nations buffer zone at any place other than a designated crossing point. Police and UN forces strictly enforce this restriction. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Cyprus: 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 Cyprus. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. UN Buffer Zone: Since 1974, the southern part of Cyprus has been under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus. The northern part of Cyprus, administered by Turkish Cypriots, proclaimed itself the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (“TRNC”) in 1983. The […]

  • Cote d Ivoire - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on August 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Cote d’Ivoire due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider Travel To: Northern border region due to terrorism. Violent crime, such as carjacking, robbery, and home invasion, is common. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting areas frequented by foreigners, such as beaches. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Abidjan. Embassy personnel are prohibited from driving outside the major cities after dark, including between Abidjan, Grand Bassam, and Assinie. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Cote d’Ivoire: Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information. Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Carry a copy of your passport and visa (if applicable) and leave originals in your hotel safe. Enroll […]

  • Ethiopia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on August 20, 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: Border area with Somalia due to potential for terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines. Border areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea due to crime, armed conflict, and civil unrest. Reconsider Travel To: Somali Regional State due to potential for terrorism. Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) due to civil unrest. 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. 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 […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in the Kyrgyz Republic due to civil unrest.  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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: The Travel Advisory was updated to Level 2 due to civil unrest.

  • Romania - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on August 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

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

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

  • Uruguay - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on August 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Uruguay due to crime. Please read the entire Travel Advisory. Violent crimes, such as homicides, armed robberies, carjacking and thefts have increased throughout the country and occur in urban areas frequented by U.S. government personnel, day and night. Criminals commonly travel in pairs on motorcycles to approach unsuspecting victims with a weapon and demand personal belongings. Armed criminals also target grocery stores, restaurants, financial centers, and small businesses, in which innocent bystanders are often victimized. Please read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Uruguay: Be aware of your surroundings especially when traveling to tourist locations or poorly lit areas. Call 911 if you encounter a crime in progress. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt or try to stop a robbery in progress. Be vigilant when visiting banks or using ATMs during non-daylight hours or in remote […]

  • Bolivia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 31, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Bolivia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Travel Notice on July 19, 2019 due to an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in Bolivia. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Bolivia: 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 Bolivia. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notice released on July 19, 2019.

  • Slovakia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

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

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

  • Netherlands - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in the Netherlands due to terrorism. Terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in the Netherlands. 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 the Netherlands: Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and large crowded public venues. Follow the instructions of local authorities including movement restrictions related to any ongoing police action. 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 […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in Peru, due to crime and Pan American / Parapan American Games. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Colombian - Peruvian border area in the Loreto Region due to crime. The Valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), including areas within the Departments of Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junin, due to crime and terrorism. Crime, including petty theft, carjackings, muggings, assaults, and violent crime, is a concern in Peru, and can occur during daylight hours, despite the presence of many witnesses. The risk of crime increases after hours and outside the capital city of Lima where more organized criminal groups have been known to use roadblocks to rob victims. U.S. government personnel cannot travel freely throughout Peru for security reasons. Peru will host the Pan American Games from July 26 to August 11, 2019, and Parapan American Games August 23 to September 1. U.S. citizens […]

  • Ghana - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 17, 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. Areas near the northern border in the Upper East and Upper West regions due to crime. Parts of the Bono East, Bono, Savannah, Northern, North East, 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 […]

  • Madagascar - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Madagascar due to crime.  Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, may occur throughout Madagascar and particularly in: Antananarivo, Nosy Be, Toamasina (Tamatave), and Mahajunga Ankarana and Montagne d’Ambre National Parks adjacent to Diego Isalo General area surrounding Tolagnaro (Ft. Dauphin), south of National Route (RN) 7 and RN 27 (excluding the tourist area on the coastal roads between Ambovombe and Farafangana) Batterie Beach, north of Toliara (Tuléar) Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Madagascar: Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches. 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 […]

  • Moldova - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Moldova. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: Transnistria due to the unresolved conflict between this breakaway region and the central government. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Moldova: 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 Moldova. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler ’s Checklist . Transnistria – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Transnistria is a breakaway region that is not under the control of the central government in Chisinau. Visitors may encounter difficulties at checkpoints along roads leading into and out of Transnistria. Taking photographs of […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Albania. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: The southern town of Lazarat due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Albania: 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 Albania. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Lazarat – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution The security situation in Lazarat remains volatile due to crime and violence associated with marijuana cultivation. Local police have limited ability to protect and assist travelers. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency […]

  • North Korea - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on July 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to North Korea due to the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals. Individuals cannot use a U.S. passport to travel to, in, or through North Korea without a special validation from the Department of State. Special validations are granted only in very limited circumstances. More information on how to apply for the special validation is available here.  The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in North Korea as it does not have diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea. Sweden serves as the protecting power for the United States in North Korea, providing limited emergency services. The North Korean government routinely delays or denies Swedish officials access to detained U.S. citizens.  Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of North Korea, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation […]

  • Greece - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Egypt - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 2, 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, and have targeted diplomatic facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, western businesses, restaurants, resorts, 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 […]

  • Malta - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Czech Republic - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on June 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Bosnia-Herzegovina due to terrorism and land mines. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Bosnia-Herzegovina. 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. Minefields and land mines are present throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina. While suspected hazardous areas are normally clearly marked, several people are killed or injured each year. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina: Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues. Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information. Remain on hard-surfaced roads and stay out of abandoned […]

  • Denmark - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Denmark due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Denmark. 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 Denmark: 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 Report for Denmark. U.S. citizens who […]

  • Sri Lanka - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism.  On June 24, 2019, the Department lifted the ordered departure status of all school-age children (kindergarten through 12th grade) of U.S. government employees under the age of 18 as well as the authorized departure status of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, hospitals, and other public areas. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in remote areas. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Sri Lanka: Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues. Follow the instructions of […]

  • Honduras - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on June 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Honduras due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Gracias a Dios Department due to crime. Violent crime, such as homicide and armed robbery, is common. Violent gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, rape, and narcotics and human trafficking, is widespread. Local police and emergency services lack sufficient resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Honduras: Avoid demonstrations 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. Exercise caution using cell phones in public, including inside of cars while stopped in traffic. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.  Enroll […]

  • Iceland - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on June 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Germany - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Burundi - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on June 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Burundi due to crime and political violence. Violent crimes, such as grenade attacks and armed robbery, occur regularly. Though westerners are unlikely to be specifically targeted, the risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time is high. Local police lack the resources and training to respond effectively to crimes. Emergency medical and fire services are limited or non-existent in some areas of the country. There are ongoing political tensions in Burundi, causing sporadic violence throughout the country. Police and military checkpoints are common and can restrict freedom of movement. Police have searched the homes of private citizens as part of larger weapons searches. In the provinces of Cibitoke and Bubanza, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as Mutimbuzi commune in Bujumbura Rural province, there have been armed attacks primarily conducted by groups operating from the eastern DRC. The border may close without notice. The […]

  • Haiti - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on June 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Haiti due to crime, civil unrest, and kidnapping. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common, and incidents of kidnapping have occurred. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent. Travelers are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. The U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official transportation to and from the airport, and it takes steps to detect surveillance and deter criminal attacks during these transports. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in some areas of Haiti. The Embassy discourages its personnel from walking in most neighborhoods. Only adult family members over the age of 18 are permitted to […]

  • Ukraine - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • Lithuania - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on June 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Lithuania. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Lithuania: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel 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 Lithuania. 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.

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

    Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism, crime, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to the following regions due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping: The Boucle du Mouhoun Region The Cascades Region The Centre-Est Region The Centre-Nord Region The Centre-Ouest Region except Boulkiemde Province The Centre-Sud Region The Est Region The Hauts-Bassins Region The Nord Region The Sahel Region The Sud-Ouest Region To see a map of these regions, click HERE. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the listed regions because U.S. government personnel travel to these areas is restricted. Do Not Travel to the following parts of the city of Ouagadougou due to terrorism and crime: Arrondissement 11: Karpala, Balkiui, and Rayongo (also known as Dayongo) neighborhoods. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso. Terrorists may conduct attacks anywhere with […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in Kosovo due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan due to civil unrest. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in the Balkans region, including Kosovo. 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. In addition, politically motivated violence occurs throughout Kosovo. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Kosovo: Avoid demonstrations. Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information. Enroll in the Smart Traveler […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in Guyana due to crime. Violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, is common. Local police 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 Guyana: Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Avoid walking or driving at night.  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 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 Guyana.  U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after […]

  • Portugal - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Portugal. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Portugal: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel 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 Portugal. 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.

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider Travel To: Park Pendjari, Park W and adjacent hunting zones, and other areas near Benin’s northern border with Burkina Faso, due to terrorism and kidnapping. 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. Park Pendjari, Park W and Adjacent Hunting Zones – Level 3: Reconsider Travel […]

  • Togo - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 22, 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 potential for terrorism and kidnapping. Exercise Increased Caution In: Areas north of Kande due to potential for terrorism. 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: Click HERE to see a map. Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry. 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 […]

  • Bahrain - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Bahrain.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Bahrain, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisoryNotice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices. 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. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review […]