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.

  • French Polynesia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • New Caledonia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Angola - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Nauru - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Tuvalu - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Botswana - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 14, 2018 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. […]

  • Zambia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 14, 2018 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. […]

  • Fiji - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 14, 2018 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. […]

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on December 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, sexual assault, and physical assault, is common.  Assailants may pose as police or security agents.  Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Many cities throughout the country experience demonstrations, some of which have been violent.  The government has responded with heavy-handed tactics that have resulted in civilian casualties and arrests. On December 14, 2018, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Kinshasa due to extremely limited infrastructure and poor security […]

  • Eswatini - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 14, 2018 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. […]

  • Armenia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 13, 2018 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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have 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 […]

  • Kuwait - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Kuwait. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The desert region near the border with Iraq due to the prevalence of unexploded ordnance. Exercise Increased Caution: The City of Al Jahra in northwest of Kuwait City due to crime. The Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh area in Kuwait City due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Kuwait: 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 Kuwait. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Desert Region North of the Mutla’a Ridge and Near the Border with Iraq Desert areas and certain […]

  • United Arab Emirates - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Uzbekistan - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Azerbaijan - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 13, 2018 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. 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: Avoid demonstrations. 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 […]

  • Samoa - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 13, 2018 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 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. […]

  • Czech Republic - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 13, 2018 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. […]

  • Djibouti - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 12, 2018 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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in Jordan due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The border with Syria and Iraq due to terrorism and armed conflict. Terrorist groups continue to plot possible attacks in Jordan. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.   Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Jordan: Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information. Avoid demonstrations and protests. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. 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 […]

  • Seychelles - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 12, 2018 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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • South Sudan - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on December 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Cote d Ivoire - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Cote d’Ivoire due to crime and 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 in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department […]

  • Equatorial Guinea - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 10, 2018 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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Russia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise Increased Caution 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 and risk of civil unrest. Crimea due to Russia’s occupation of the Ukrainian territory and abuses by its occupying authorities. Terrorist groups, transnational and local terrorist organizations, and individuals inspired by extremist ideology continue plotting possible attacks in Russia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Russia have been arbitrarily interrogated or detained by Russian officials and may become victims of […]

  • The Gambia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 10, 2018 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 with the Casamance region of Senegal due to 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 areas in the Casamance region. 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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Southern Border with Senegal Separatist groups have attacked travelers on roads south of The Gambia in the Casamance […]

  • Marshall Islands - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in the Marshall Islands.                                                                                           Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to the Marshall Islands: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for the Marshall Islands. U.S. […]

  • Togo - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Togo due to elections, crime, and civil unrest. Parliamentary elections in Togo are scheduled for December 20. In the past, political demonstrations intended to be peaceful escalated into violence. Togolese authorities may respond with force during violent demonstrations. Violent crime, such as carjacking, is common. Organized criminal activity, such as armed robbery, is also common. Criminals themselves are sometimes targeted for vigilante justice or lynching. There are frequent demonstrations in Togo, during which protesters and security force members have been injured and even killed. Police have used tear gas to disperse demonstrations that caused traffic disruptions in city centers and along National Route 1, and arrested demonstrators. Security forces have at times used excessive force to disperse crowds. Authorities have interrupted internet and cellular data services during past protests, making communication difficult and unpredictable. Read the […]

  • Australia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Spain - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Sierra Leone - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Sierra Leone due to crime. 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 Facebook and Twitter. […]

  • Cabo Verde - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Malaysia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Ukraine - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on December 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Ukraine – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution                                              CUO Exercise increased caution in Ukraine due to crime and civil unrest.  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. Reconsider Travel to: Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Sumy, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, and Vinnitsya regions due to martial law. Crime targeting foreigners and property is common. Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv. […]

  • Argentina - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on December 3, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Micronesia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on November 30, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Haiti - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on November 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Haiti due to crime and civil unrest. There are currently unpredictable and sporadic demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti.  On November 29, 2018, the U.S. government authorized the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their families. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable.  Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent. Travelers are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. The U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official transportation to and from the airport, and it takes steps to detect surveillance and deter criminal attacks during these transports. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency […]

  • Mauritania - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on November 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider Travel to Mauritania due to crime and terrorism. 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 must 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: Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Avoid demonstrations. Use caution when walking or driving at night. Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location. Monitor local media […]

  • New Zealand - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on November 15, 2018 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. […]

  • Mexico - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on November 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Tonga - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on November 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Ireland - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on November 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Ethiopia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on October 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to sporadic civil unrest and communications disruptions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Somali Regional State due to potential for civil unrest, terrorism, and landmines. Reconsider travel to: The East Hararge region and the Guji zone of Oromia state due to civil unrest. The Danakil Depression region in Afar due to crime. Border areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea due to crime, armed conflict or 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. This impedes the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with, and provide consular services to, U.S. citizens in Ethiopia. The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Addis […]

  • French Guiana - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on October 24, 2018 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. […]

  • Nigeria - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on October 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Comoros - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on October 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in The Union of the Comoros due to civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.           Reconsider travel to: The island of Anjouan due to civil unrest. Violent demonstrations and civil unrest opposing a recent constitutional referendum occur regularly. The government has issued a mandatory curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. beginning on October 15. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in The Union of the Comoros as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of Moroni. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Comoros: Stay away from political rallies, demonstrations, and crowds. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Be aware of your surroundings. Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible. Enroll in the […]

  • Suriname - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on October 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • South Africa - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on October 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime, civil unrest, and drought. 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 the central business districts of major cities after dark. Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently. These can develop quickly without prior notification, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services; such events have the potential to turn violent. South Africa’s Western, Eastern, and Northern Cape Provinces are experiencing a severe drought. Water supplies in some areas may be affected. Residential water-use restrictions are in place in Cape Town and other municipalities. Please see links below for current information. Please see our Alerts for up-to-date information. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to South Africa: Avoid walking […]

  • Iraq - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on October 18, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Kiribati - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on October 18, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Bulgaria - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on October 17, 2018 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. […]

  • Brunei - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on October 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Burkina Faso - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on October 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The northern Sahel border region shared with Mali and Niger due to crime and terrorism. The provinces of Kmoandjari, Tapoa, Kompienga, and Gourma in East Region due to crime and terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso. Terrorists may conduct attacks anywhere with no warning. Targets may include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, military posts, and schools. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas of the country. Due to the risk of attacks throughout the Sahel and East regions, the U.S. Embassy restricts official government travel to Dori and Djibo, the road that connects these cities, and all areas north of that road, as well as to the provinces of Kmoandjari, Tapoa, Kompienga, and Gourma. Read the Safety and Security […]

  • Iran - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on October 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. There is a very high risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in Iran, particularly U.S.-Iranian dual nationals.   Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security. U.S.-Iranian dual nationals are particularly susceptible to arrest for these charges. Consular access to detained U.S. citizens is often denied. The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with Iran. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iran. Switzerland serves as the protecting power for U.S. citizens in Iran, providing limited emergency services. The Iranian government routinely delays or denies Swiss officials access to detained U.S. citizens.  Due to risks to civil aviation […]

  • Niger - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on October 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Central African Republic - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on October 3, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Netherlands - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on September 28, 2018 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 […]

  • Finland - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on September 27, 2018 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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Honduras - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on September 20, 2018 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: 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 in the Smart […]

  • Switzerland - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on September 18, 2018 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. […]

  • Norway - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on September 13, 2018 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 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. […]