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.

  • Hong Kong - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on August 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest. Since June 2019, several large scale and smaller political demonstrations have taken place in various areas of Hong Kong, including at Hong Kong International Airport. Most have been peaceful, but some have turned confrontational or resulted in violent clashes. Police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including the deployment of tear gas. The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighborhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies. These demonstrations, which can take place with little or no notice, are likely to continue. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Hong Kong: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. Be aware of your surroundings. Keep a low profile. Review your flight status with your […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in the Kyrgyz Republic due to civil unrest.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to the Kyrgyz Republic: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for the Kyrgyz Republic. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: The Travel Advisory was updated to Level 2 due to civil unrest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Bolivia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Travel Notice on July 19, 2019 due to an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in Bolivia. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Bolivia: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Bolivia. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Last Update: Reissued after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notice released on July 19, 2019.

  • Ethiopia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 29, 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: Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) due to civil unrest. The East Hararge region and the Guji zone of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest. Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest. 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Ghana. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: Urban Areas due to crime. Intercity highways after dark due to crime. Areas near the northern border in the Upper East and Upper West regions due to crime. Parts of the Bono East, Bono, Savannah, Northern, North East, and Upper East regions due to civil unrest. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Ghana: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Ghana. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Urban Areas – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Violent crime, such as street […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Exercise increased caution in Egypt due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Sinai Peninsula (with the exception of travel to Sharm El-Sheikh by air) due to terrorism. The Western Desert due to terrorism. Egyptian border areas due to military zones.  Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Egypt. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, and have targeted diplomatic facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, western businesses, restaurants, resorts, and local government facilities. Terrorists have conducted attacks in urban areas, including in Cairo, despite the heavy security presence. Terrorists have targeted religious sites, to include mosques, churches, monasteries, and buses traveling to these locations. Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Egypt, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen […]

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

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

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

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

  • Saudi Arabia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 25, 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 in Red […]

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

    Exercise increased caution in Bosnia-Herzegovina due to terrorism and land mines. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Minefields and land mines are present throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina. While suspected hazardous areas are normally clearly marked, several people are killed or injured each year. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina: Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues. Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information. Remain on hard-surfaced roads and stay out of abandoned […]

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

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

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

    Reconsider travel to Honduras due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Gracias a Dios Department due to crime. Violent crime, such as homicide and armed robbery, is common. Violent gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, rape, and narcotics and human trafficking, is widespread. Local police and emergency services lack sufficient resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Honduras: Avoid demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking or driving at night. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry. Exercise caution using cell phones in public, including inside of cars while stopped in traffic. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.  Enroll […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Burma (Myanmar) - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

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

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 Services […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]