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.

  • 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 […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in the UAE.  Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including the United Arab Emirates, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice 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. 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. Last Update: Reissued […]

  • Kuwait - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 17, 2019 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. Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Kuwait, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice 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. 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 […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Oman. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Yemen border area due to terrorism and armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Oman, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice 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 Oman: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Oman. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have […]

  • Saudi Arabia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on May 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. Rebel groups operating in Yemen have fired missiles and rockets into Saudi Arabia, specifically targeting populated areas and civilian infrastructure; they have publicly stated their intent to continue doing so. Missile attacks have targeted major cities such as Riyadh and Jeddah, Riyadh’s international airport, Saudi Aramco facilities, and vessels […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Qatar.  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 Qatar, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice 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 Qatar: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Qatar. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review […]

  • Iraq - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict.  U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur 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 May 15, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil; normal visa services will be temporarily suspended at both posts.  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 […]

  • Zimbabwe - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on May 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Zimbabwe due to crime and civil unrest.             Violent crime, such as assault, carjacking, and home invasion, is common. Smashing the windows of cars with the intent to steal, which can harm the driver or passengers, is also 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 Zimbabwe: Stay alert and avoid openly displaying cash. Carry a copy of your passport and visa and leave originals in your hotel safe. Stay away from political rallies, 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 Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. […]

  • Ethiopia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on May 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

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

    Exercise normal precautions 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 routine update. […]

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Anguilla. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Anguilla: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Barbados, which covers Anguilla. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits. […]

  • British Virgin Islands - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in the British Virgin Islands. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to the British Virgin 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 Barbados, which covers the British Virgin Islands. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits. […]

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

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

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Panama. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime. Parts of the Darién Region due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Panama: 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 Panama. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Parts of the "Mosquito Gulf" – Level 4: Do Not Travel The “Mosquito Gulf” is an extremely remote and inaccessible area along part of the north (Caribbean) coast. Do not travel within 10 miles of the coastline, between Boca de Rio Chiriqui to Cocle […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Comoros. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Comoros: 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 with updates to the Travel Advisory Lev […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in Maldives due to terrorism.   Terrorist groups may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Attacks may occur on remote islands which could lengthen the response time of authorities.    Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Maldives: Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. 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 Maldives. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency […]

  • Sri Lanka - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on April 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Sri Lanka due to terrorism.  On April 26, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of all school-age family members of U.S. government employees in Kindergarten through 12th grade.  The Department also authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. 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 Sri Lanka due to the security environment. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Sri Lanka: Be aware of your surroundings […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Senegal. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise Increased Caution In: The Casamance region due to crime and landmines. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Senegal: 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 Senegal. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Casamance Region: Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution Armed individuals have set up roadblocks and attacked travelers on roads south of The Gambia in the Casamance region of Senegal. Land mines from prior conflicts remain in the Casamance Region. The U.S. […]

  • Guinea-Bissau - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on April 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Guinea-Bissau due to crime and civil unrest. 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. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry. Only travel during daylight. […]

  • United Kingdom - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on April 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in the United Kingdom due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in the United Kingdom. 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. There is also a risk of isolated violence by dissident groups in Northern Ireland, focused primarily on police and military targets. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to the United Kingdom: 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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