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.

  • Hungary - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on August 17, 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. […]

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

  • Iraq - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism and armed conflict.  U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur frequently in many areas of the country, including Baghdad. The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq is extremely limited.   U.S. citizens should not travel through Iraq to Syria to engage in armed conflict, where they would face extreme personal risks (kidnapping, injury, or death) and legal risks (arrest, fines, and expulsion). The Kurdistan Regional Government stated that it will impose prison sentences of up to ten years on individuals who illegally cross the border. Additionally, fighting on behalf of, or […]

  • Mexico - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on August 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 […]

  • Mali - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on August 13, 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 […]

  • Bolivia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on August 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Libya - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on August 8, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Tajikistan - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on August 3, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Tajikistan due to terrorism.    On July 29, 2018, two U.S. citizens were killed in a terrorist attack in Danghara province. Terrorists have targeted bicyclists and may target other places, such as residential areas, clubs and restaurants, places of worship, hotels, schools, outdoor recreation events, and other venues, although Government of Tajikistan facilities remain the most likely target. Facilities catering to westerners in Tajikistan present a heightened risk. Avoid large crowds and public transportation to the extent possible. Tourists should avoid activities that develop predictable patterns of movement.  If documenting your travel on social media, please ensure your privacy settings are appropriately set. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page.  If you decide to travel to Tajikistan: Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information. Avoid demonstrations […]

  • Guinea-Bissau - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on August 2, 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 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 […]

  • Pakistan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on August 1, 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 and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, including the former 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. Terrorists have targeted U.S. diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and information suggests they continue to do so. Terrorist attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan and KPK, including the former FATA.  Large-scale terrorist attacks have […]

  • Madagascar - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 31, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased precautions in Madagascar due to civil unrest and crime. Madagascar is preparing for presidential elections in 2018. There is an increased risk for civil unrest related to the elections during demonstrations and political rallies. Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assaults, is common 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: Avoid demonstrations. 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 […]

  • Chad - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on July 31, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Chad due to crime, terrorism, and minefields.           Violent crimes, such as armed robbery, carjacking, and muggings, have been reported. Some victims who put up resistance have been killed by their attackers. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreigners, local security forces, and civilians. They can easily cross borders, including in the Lake Chad region; borders may close without notice.  There are unmapped and undocumented minefields along the borders with both Libya and Sudan.  The U.S. government has 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 […]

  • Latvia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 30, 2018 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 […]

  • Guatemala - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Guatemala due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Guatemala department due to crime. Escuintla department due to crime. Chiquimula department due to crime. Quetzaltenango department due to crime. Izabal department due to crime. Petén department due to crime. Violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, is common. Gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics trafficking, is widespread. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Guatemala: Consider hotels that offer secure parking, doormen, and a dedicated and professional security staff. Request security escorts, available for tourist groups, from the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT). Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking or driving at night. Do not […]

  • Comoros - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in The Union of the Comoros due to civil unrest.                         Comoros will hold a constitutional referendum on July 30, 2018.  Demonstrations opposing the referendum are occuring frequently. On July 21, assailants fired semiautomatic rifles at the vehicle of Vice President Moustoidrane in Anjouan. Tensions are expected to increase at least until the day of the referendum, and may continue even after results are known. U.S. embassy personnel are currently prohibited from traveling outside of Moroni  unless essential and must refrain from official outings during nighttime hours unless likewise deemed essential.    Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Comoros: Stay away from political rallies, demonstrations, and crowds. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Be aware […]

  • Haiti - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on July 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Haiti due to crime and civil unrest. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and often spontaneous. 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. The Embassy prohibits its personnel from: Visiting establishments after dark without secure, on-site parking, Using any kind […]

  • Papua New Guinea - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime, civil unrest, and a polio outbreak. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: The Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province due to civil unrest. 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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Level 2 Travel Warning for […]

  • Burma (Myanmar) - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Burma. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  Do not travel to: Maungdaw, Rathedaung, Ponnagyun, and Buthidaung townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest. Paletwa township in Chin State due to civil unrest. Hpakan, Mansi, Momauk, Sumprabum, Tanai, and Waingmaw townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest. Shadaw township in Kayah State due to civil unrest. Hlaingbwe, Hpapun, and Thandaung townships in Kayin State due to civil unrest. Konkyan, Kutkai, Laukkaing, Matman, Mongmao, Muse, Namphan, Pangsang, and Pangwaun townships in Shan State due to civil unrest.  Reconsider travel to: Bhamo and Mogaung townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest. Minbya and Mrauk-U townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest. Hopang, Hsipaw, Kyaukme, Manton, Mongkaung, Namhsan, Namtu, and Nanhkan townships in Shan State due to civil unrest.  Exercise increased caution in: Northern Shan State due to land mines and civil […]

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

  • El Salvador - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on July 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to El Salvador due to crime. Violent crime, such as murder, assault, rape, and armed robbery, is common. Gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics and arms trafficking, is widespread. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to El Salvador: Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking or driving at night. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry. Engage local guides certified by the national or local tourist authority when hiking in back country areas. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.  Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on […]

  • Laos - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Peru - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Peru. 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 area in central Peru known as the Valley of the Rivers Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro (VRAEM) due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Areas outside cities at night by car due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Peru: 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 Peru. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Colombian Border Except on the Amazon River itself, U.S. government personnel are restricted from traveling within 20 kilometers of the border with […]

  • Moldova - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 10, 2018 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 […]

  • Greece - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on July 10, 2018 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. […]

  • Somalia - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on July 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Somalia due to crime, terrorism, and piracy. Violent crime, such as kidnapping and murder, is common throughout Somalia, including in Puntland and Somaliland. Illegal roadblocks are also widespread. Terrorists continue to plot kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in Somalia. They may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting airports and seaports, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, and other areas where large crowds gather and Westerners frequent, as well as government, military, and Western convoys.    Pirates are active in the waters off the Horn of Africa, especially in the international waters near Somalia.   The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Somalia due to the lack of permanent consular presence in Somalia. Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Somalia, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Special Federal […]

  • Afghanistan - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on July 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Nicaragua - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on July 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to crime, civil unrest, and limited healthcare availability. On July 6, 2018, the U.S. government ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel. The U.S. Embassy remains open to provide emergency services for U.S. citizens. Heavily armed, government-controlled parapolice forces in civilian clothing, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, operate in large parts of the country, including Managua. They are often in vehicles that don’t have license plates, and they may be escorted by uniformed police forces. These groups are attacking blockades, kidnapping and detaining individuals, taking over privately owned land, and committing other crimes. Rallies and demonstrations are widespread and occur daily with little notice. Government-controlled forces have attacked peaceful demonstrators leading to significant numbers of deaths and injuries. Looting, vandalism, and acts of arson often occur during unrest, including in […]

  • Nepal - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 5, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Nepal due to the potential for isolated political violence.  There is the potential for isolated political violence in 2018 as Nepal transitions to a new government following the completion of elections in 2017. Political demonstrations intended to be peaceful can sometimes escalate into violence, and may be met with force by Nepali authorities.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to Nepal: Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Do not trek alone.  Be aware that infrastructure, government services, and medical assistance may not be up to U.S. standards. 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 Nepal. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review […]

  • Yemen - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on July 5, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to Yemen due to terrorism, civil unrest, health, and armed conflict.  Terrorist groups continue to plot and conduct attacks in Yemen. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting public sites, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a suspended its operations in February 2015. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Yemen. No part of Yemen is immune to violence. A nationwide cessation of hostilities deteriorated in August 2016, and high levels of violence, to include armed conflict, artillery shelling, and air strikes, now persist in areas throughout the country. There are also reports of land mines in areas vacated by withdrawing forces. Military conflict has caused significant destruction of infrastructure, housing, medical facilities, schools, and power and water utilities. This limits the availability of electricity, clean water, and […]

  • Bangladesh - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 3, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Dhaka due to crime and terrorism. Southeast Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to crime 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 family members, 18 years of age and older, are permitted to accompany U.S. government employees assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh. U.S. government personnel in Bangladesh live, work, and travel under strict security guidelines and are […]

  • Sudan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on July 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Sudan due to terrorism and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Please read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Darfur region, Blue Nile state, and South Kordofan state due to crime and armed conflict. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Sudan, especially in Khartoum. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreign and local government facilities, and areas frequented by Westerners. Terrorists groups in Sudan have stated their intent to harm Westerners and Western interests through suicide operations, bombings, shootings, and kidnappings. A state of emergency is in effect in Kassala and North Kordofan states, which gives security forces greater arrest powers. Arbitrary detentions, including of foreigners, have been reported across the country. Curfews may be imposed with little or no warning. The Sudanese government does not recognize dual citizenship and is likely to consider U.S.-Sudanese dual citizens Sudanese […]

  • Zimbabwe - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on July 2, 2018 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. Zimbabwe will hold general elections across the country on July 30, 2018. Due to heightened political tensions around the elections, acts of violence may occur at political rallies. 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. […]

  • Worldwide Caution - Caution
    on July 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

    This latest update to the Department of State’s Worldwide Caution provides U.S. citizens with general information regarding terrorist activities, political violence, and criminal activity that transpire abroad, as well as specific recommendations on how to prepare for possible contingencies, receive information on breaking security events, and ensure that travelers can be contacted in an emergency. This version replaces the Worldwide Caution dated January 11, 2018. As terrorist attacks, political violence (including demonstrations), criminal activities, and other security incidents often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad. When planning a trip and prior to departing the United States, American citizens should consult country-specific Travel Advisories and information pages on travel.state.gov. Travelers are also urged to enroll in […]

  • Colombia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 28, 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), Chocó (except Nuquí), Nariño, 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.  While the Colombian government signed a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) terrorist group, some dissident groups refuse to demobilize. The National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist organization continues plotting possible attacks in Colombia. They may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping […]

  • Turkey - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on June 28, 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 for kidnapping and assassination. 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 State of Emergency, security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, suspected of affiliation with alleged […]

  • South Sudan - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on June 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Do not travel to South Sudan due to crime and armed conflict. Violent crime, such as carjackings, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies, and kidnappings is common throughout South Sudan, including Juba. Armed conflict is ongoing throughout the country and includes fighting between various political and ethnic groups, and weapons are readily available to the population. In addition, cattle raids occur throughout the country and often lead to violence. Reporting in South Sudan without the proper documentation from the South Sudanese Media Authority is considered illegal, and any journalistic work there is very dangerous. Journalists regularly report being harassed in South Sudan, and many have been killed while covering the conflict there. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in South Sudan. U.S. government personnel in South Sudan are under a strict curfew. They must use armored vehicles for nearly all movements in the city, […]

  • Malta - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on June 27, 2018 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. […]

  • Denmark - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 21, 2018 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 […]

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 21, 2018 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 […]

  • Netherlands - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on June 21, 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. […]

  • Germany - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 19, 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 […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Belarus.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Belarus: 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 Belarus. 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 June 18, 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.  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. […]

  • Albania - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on June 18, 2018 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 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 services to U.S. citizens in Lazarat as U.S […]

  • Lithuania - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on June 18, 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 […]

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

  • Mozambique - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on June 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Mozambique. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province due to violent extremism. Exercise increased caution in: Maputo due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Mozambique: Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Consider hiring a professional security organization if traveling to the affected areas of Cabo Delgado. Be aware of increased government security checkpoints in Cabo Delgado Province. 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 Mozambique. U.S. citizens who travel […]

  • Russia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on June 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Russia due to terrorism and harassment. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The north Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, due to civil unrest and terrorism. Crimea due to foreign occupation and abuses by occupying authorities. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Russia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Bomb threats against public venues are common. U.S. citizens are often victims of harassment, mistreatment, and extortion by law-enforcement and other officials. U.S. consular assistance to detained individuals is often unreasonably delayed by Russian officials. Russia also enforces special restrictions on dual U.S.-Russian nationals. Due to the Russian government-imposed reduction on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, the U.S. government has reduced ability to […]

  • Ethiopia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on June 7, 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. The Government of Ethiopia has restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services during and after civil unrest. This impedes the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with, and provide consular services to, U.S. citizens in Ethiopia. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Addis Ababa.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country […]

  • Venezuela - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    on May 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Reconsider travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel: On roads after dark outside of Caracas due to crime. To certain neighborhoods within Caracas due to crime. Within 50 miles of the Colombian border due to crime. Violent crime, such as homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping, and carjacking, is common. Political rallies and demonstrations occur, often with little notice. Demonstrations typically elicit a strong police and security force response that includes the use of tear gas, pepper spray, water cannons, and rubber bullets against participants and occasionally devolve into looting and vandalism. There are shortages of food, electricity, water, medicine, and medical supplies throughout much of Venezuela. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 ‘Avoid Nonessential Travel’ […]

  • Kosovo - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on May 25, 2018 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 Enrollment Program […]

  • Central African Republic - Level 4: Do Not Travel
    on May 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Kazakhstan - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

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

  • Senegal - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 18, 2018 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 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. government has limited ability to provide […]

  • Guyana - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    on May 17, 2018 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. […]

  • Benin - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: Urban areas due to crime. Beaches 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. Travel in groups when visiting beaches to reduce the risk of robbery. Avoid travel between cities at night. 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. Urban areas Violent crime, such as armed robbery, and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to […]

  • Panama - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 7, 2018 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 […]

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on May 2, 2018 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. […]

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

    Exercise normal precautions in Oman. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Saudi Arabia and Yemen border areas due to terrorism and armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. 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 a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Saudi Arabia and Yemen border areas Terrorist attacks and violence are likely near the border with Yemen, and on the western portion of the border with Saudi Arabia. Crossing the Oman border into Yemen can be dangerous, and U.S. citizens who attempt to cross the Oman-Yemen border, from either Oman or Yemen, are routinely detained by […]

  • Sweden - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    on April 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

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