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.

  • Philippines – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on April 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in the Philippines due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and a measles outbreak.  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, and civil unrest. Marawi City in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest. Reconsider travel to: Other areas of Mindanao due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest. 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 […]

  • Cameroon – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on April 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Cameroon due to crime.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions, and Parts of East and Adamawa Regions due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest. Violent crime, such as armed robbery and carjacking, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Adamawa (to the north or east of Ngaoundere), East (east of Bertoua), North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon due to current official travel restrictions. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Cameroon: Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings. Even events intended to be peaceful can become violent and turn deadly. Monitor […]

  • Anguilla – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on April 10, 2018 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. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Dominica – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on April 10, 2018 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. &nbs […]

  • British Virgin Islands – Level 1
    on April 10, 2018 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 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. […]

  • South Africa – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on April 5, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime 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. The South African government declared a national state of disaster due to drought in the country’s Western, Eastern, and Northern Cape Provinces. Water restrictions in Cape Town, which limit household water use to 50 liters per person per day, remain in effect. Water supplies in some other areas may also be affected. 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 alone, especially after dark. Avoid visiting informal settlement areas unless you are with someone familiar with the area. Do not display cash or valuables. Drive with doors locked and windows closed. Always […]

  • Republic of the Congo – Level 2
    on April 3, 2018 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 civil unrest and armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, is common. 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 secure location.  Visit the CDC Travelers […]

  • Ecuador – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on April 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Ecuador. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The northern border with Colombia 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 and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Ecuador. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Northern Border with Colombia – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Since January 2018, bombings have occurred in the northern part of Esmeraldas province, close to the border with Colombia. Drug trafficking and organized crime groups are believed to have carried out the attacks, which have targeted Ecuadorian […]

  • Kenya – Level 2: Exercise increase caution
    on March 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh at all times and Old Town in Mombasa at night due to crime. Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time. Local police are willing but often lack the capability to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks. Emergency medical and fire service is also limited. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and markets/shopping malls. Terrorist acts could include armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings. Due to risks to civil aviation operating in the vicinity of the Kenyan-Somali border, the Federal Aviation […]

  • Costa Rica – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on March 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Costa Rica – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions Exercise normal precautions in Costa Rica. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Poas Volcano National Park due to a natural disaster. Exercise increased caution in: Central neighborhood in Limon due to crime. Liberia city due to crime. Desamparados neighborhood in San Rafael due to crime. Pavas and Hospital neighborhoods San Jose due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Costa Rica: 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 Costa Rica. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Poas Volcano National Park Due to increased and unpredictable volcanic […]

  • Rwanda – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on March 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Rwanda. Reconsider Travel To: The Rwanda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border due to armed conflict.             Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Rwanda: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive 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 Rwanda. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Rwanda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border The armed group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda operates in eastern DRC near the border. Congolese armed forces and UN peacekeepers continue combat operations against armed groups in North and South Kivu provinces. Violence sporadically targets […]

  • Sint Maarten – Level 1:Exercise normal precautions
    on March 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Mexico – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on March 16, 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 U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to these areas. U.S. government employees are prohibited from intercity travel after dark in many areas of Mexico. U.S. government employees are also not permitted to drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico with the exception of daytime travel on Highway 15 between Nogales and Hermosillo. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. Do not travel to: Colima state due to crime. Guerrero state due to crime. Michoacán state due to crime. Sinaloa state due to crime. Tamaulipas state due to crime. For all other states in Mexico, please see detailed […]

  • Eritrea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on March 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Eritrea due to travel restrictions and limited consular assistance. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: The Eritrean-Ethiopian border due to potential armed conflict. Remote areas or off main roads due to minefields. Eritrean law enforcement officials routinely block access to foreign nationals in detention. The U.S. Embassy therefore may not receive notification or be allowed access to you if you are detained or arrested. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Eritrea, as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of Asmara. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Eritrea: Use caution when walking and hiking in remote areas or off main roads. Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure […]

  • Bangladesh - Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on March 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Dhaka due to crime and terrorism. Southeast Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to crime and terrorism. 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 spouses and/or partners 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 security guidelines and are prohibited from: Traveling on foot (walking, running) and biking outside of designated areas and times; Traveling via […]

  • Cuba – Level 3: Reconsider travel
    on March 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Cuba due to  attacks targeting U.S. Embassy Havana employees resulting in the drawdown of embassy staff. Numerous U.S. Embassy Havana employees appear to have been targeted in specific attacks.  Many of these employees have suffered injuries.  Affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms including ear complaints and hearing loss, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, cognitive issues, visual problems, and difficulty sleeping.  Because our personnel's safety is at risk, and we are unable to identify the source, we believe U.S. citizens may also be at risk.  Attacks have occurred in U.S. diplomatic residences (including a long-term apartment at the Atlantic)  and at Hotel Nacional and Hotel Capri in Havana. The U.S. Embassy in Havana is operating with reduced staffing and, as result, has limited ability to assist U.S. citizens, particularly outside Havana.   Family members cannot accompany U.S. government […]

  • Burkina Faso – Level 3
    on March 2, 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. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso. Terrorists may conduct attacks anywhere with little or no warning. Targets could include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, 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 region, the U.S. Embassy has placed restrictions on official government travel to Dori and Djibo, the road that connects these cities, and all areas north of that road. Embassy personnel traveling to or staying at Parc National du W (Parc W) must arrange armed escort with Burkina Faso security forces. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information […]

  • Ethiopia – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on March 1, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to the potential for 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 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 armed conflict or civil unrest. On February 16, 2018, the Government of Ethiopia imposed a State of Emergency. Under the State of Emergency, law enforcement bodies are granted broad authority to arrest or search individuals without a court order for activities they may otherwise consider routine. These include, but are not limited to: possession or consumption of certain media, illicit communication, participation in protests or strikes, attendance at illegal […]

  • Papua New Guinea – Level 2
    on March 1, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime and civil unrest. 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 aftermath of a recent earthquake.   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.  The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of major population centers and in the southern part of Bougainville, Porgera Mine area, Lae, Mt. Hagen, Southern Highlands, and Hela Province as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization before traveling to those areas.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Papua New Guinea: Avoid using local […]

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo – Level 3
    on February 28, 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: The eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, sexual assault, and physical assault, is common. Assailants may pose as police or security agents. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Many cities throughout the country experience demonstrations, some of which have been violent. The government has responded with heavy-handed tactics that have resulted in civilian casualties and arrests. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Kinshasa due to extremely limited infrastructure and poor security conditions, notably in the eastern DRC and Kasais. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to the […]

  • Trinidad and Tobago – Level 2: Increased Caution
    on February 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime and terrorism.  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 driving at night. Be […]

  • Mauritania – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on February 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider Travel to Mauritania due to crime and terrorism.  Violent crimes, such as mugging, armed robbery, rape, 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 at any time. 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 […]

  • Guinea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on February 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Guinea due to civil unrest.  Sporadic demonstrations continue to occur across the country. Some have turned violent, resulting in injuries and several fatalities. Demonstrators have also attacked vehicles when drivers attempted to pass through or around the protests. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Guinea: Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible. Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Guinea. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the […]

  • China – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on January 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in China due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws and special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals. Chinese authorities have the broad ability to prohibit travelers from leaving China (also known as ‘exit bans’); exit bans have been imposed to compel U.S. citizens to resolve business disputes, force settlement of court orders, or facilitate government investigations. Individuals not involved in legal proceedings or suspected of wrongdoing have also be subjected to lengthy exit bans in order to compel their family members or colleagues to cooperate with Chinese courts or investigators. U.S. citizens visiting or residing in China have been arbitrarily interrogated or detained for reasons related to “state security.” Security personnel have detained and/or deported U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese government. China may refuse to acknowledge dual U.S.-Chinese nationals’ U.S. […]

  • Mauritius – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 18, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Colombia – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on January 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime and terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Arauca, Cauca (except Popayan), Choco (except Nuquí), and Norte de Santander (except Cucuta) departments due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Several departments throughout the country due to crime and terrorism. Violent crime, such as homicide, assault, and armed robbery, is common.  Organized criminal activities, such as extortion, robbery, and kidnapping for ransom, are widespread.  A terrorist organization, the National Liberation Army (ELN), continues plotting possible attacks in Colombia.  They 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.  […]

  • Turkey – Level 3: Reconsider travel
    on January 12, 2018 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 along the Turkey-Syria border and the southeastern provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, and Bitlis due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey. Terrorist organizations explicitly target Western tourists and expatriates. 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. Under the current State of Emergency, security forces have detained individuals suspected of affiliation with alleged terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds […]

  • Worldwide Caution
    on January 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    1. As part of the Department of State's continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated December 6, 2017.     2. As terrorist attacks, political upheaval, and violence often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling. To better prepare for possible emergencies, U.S. citizens are encouraged to read Country Specific Information pages and Travel Advisories on travel.state.gov before planning a trip. 3. In addition to concerns stemming from terrorism, travelers should be alert to the possibility of political unrest, violence, demonstrations, […]

  • Netherlands – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in the Netherlands.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to the Netherlands: 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 Netherlands. 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 January 10, 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. […]

  • Syria – Level 4: Do not travel
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Syria due to terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict. No part of Syria is safe from violence. Kidnappings, the use of chemical warfare, shelling, and aerial bombardment have significantly raised the 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 U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with Syria. The Czech Republic serves as the protecting power for U.S. citizens 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 […]

  • Antigua and Barbuda – Level 1:
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Antigua and Barbuda. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The island of Barbuda due to the aftermath of a natural disaster. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Antigua and Barbuda: 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 Antigua and Barbuda. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Barbuda In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage in Barbuda.  Local government officials mandated the evacuation of the island's residents to Antigua, and few have returned. Much of Barbuda’s infrastructure was destroyed; electricity and running water […]

  • Samoa – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 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. […]

  • Montserrat – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba – Level 1
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Pakistan – Level 3: Reconsider travel
    on January 10, 2018 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, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) due to terrorism. The Azad Kashmir area due to terrorism and the potential for armed conflict. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and  government facilities. Over the past six months, there have been at least 40 significant terrorist attacks across Pakistan, resulting in over 225 deaths and 475 wounded, most of which occurred in Balochistan, KPK, and the FATA. In the past, there have been large-scale terrorist attacks resulting in hundreds of casualties. The U.S. government has limited ability to […]

  • Hungary – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Morocco – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Cyprus – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions when traveling in Cyprus.  Do not attempt to enter the United Nations buffer zone at any place other than a designated crossing point. Police and UN forces strictly enforce this restriction. The buffer zone and contiguous areas are mined and militarized. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Cyprus: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive 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 Cyprus. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Guinea-Bissau – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on January 10, 2018 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 experienced 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. Monitor […]

  • Slovakia – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Djibouti – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 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. […]

  • Germany – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Cabo Verde – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 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. […]

  • Jamaica – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  Do not travel to: Some areas of Kingston due to crime. Some areas of Montego Bay due to crime. Spanish Town due to crime.  Violent crime, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide, is common.  Sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts.  Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from driving outside of Kingston at night.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Jamaica: Avoid walking or driving at night. Avoid public buses. Avoid secluded places or situations, even in resorts. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Be aware of your surroundings and keep a low profile. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make […]

  • Timor-Leste – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Algeria – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Bulgaria – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 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. […]

  • Paraguay – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Dominican Republic – Level 2
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime. Violent crime, such as robbery, murder, and sexual assault, is common. The wide availability of weapons, the use and trade of illicit drugs, and a weak criminal justice system contribute to the high level of criminality. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to the Dominican Republic: Be aware of your surroundings. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for the Dominican Republic. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

  • Andorra – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Slovenia – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Lesotho – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Singapore – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Chad – Level 3: Reconsider travel
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Chad due to crime, terrorism, and minefields.           Violent crimes, such as armed robbery and mugging, have been reported. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreigners, local security forces, and civilians. They can easily cross borders, including in the Lake Chad region, and borders may close without notice.  There are minefields along the borders with Libya and Sudan.  The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Chad as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to certain areas of N’Djamena as well as outside of the capital, including the Lake Chad Basin.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page If you decide to travel to Chad: Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Be aware […]

  • Comoros – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 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 […]

  • French West Indies – Level 1
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in the French West Indies. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: St. Martin due to the aftermath of a natural disaster. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to the French West Indies: 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. St. Martin In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage in St. Martin.  Areas of the territory may lack adequate access to electricity, water, medicine, or food.  Some roads are impassable. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. […]

  • Mali – Level 4: Do not travel
    on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Mali due to crime and terrorism. 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 […]

  • Jordan – Level 2: Exercise increased caution
    on January 10, 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 on Facebook and […]

  • Lithuania – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
    on January 10, 2018 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 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 […]

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