Travel Warnings for U.S. Citizens

Caution - Travel Warnings

When planning a trip abroad, it is essential that you stay up to
date on the latest travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of
State. These travel warnings are issued on a 4-point scale of
increasing concern.

  • Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions -
    This level is reserved for nations where there may be pockets or crime
    or unrest, but the majority of the country is generally safe for U.S.
    travelers. Travelers should still be mindful of these warnings as there
    may be locations in these countries that, on their own, would qualify
    for a much higher travel advisory levels.
  • Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
    – This level applies to countries where Americans may be susceptible to
    higher than normal safety risks. There are a number of incidents that
    could trigger a level 2 designation including disaster recovery, high
    crime rates, mild political concerns, and/or the threat of terrorism.
    These issues may not be worth cancelling a trip over, but be sure to heed whatever warnings are issued – they are not to be ignored.
  • Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    – Destinations classified as level 3 (whether they be entire nations or
    specific regions within a country) should be avoided unless travel is
    absolutely necessary and safety precautions are taken. It takes serious
    activity to trigger a level 3 advisory such as a natural disaster,
    significant crime risks (including elevated incidents of violent crime,
    kidnapping, and/or sexual assault), health emergencies, terrorism,
    political uprisings, or civil unrest. Take any level 3 threat seriously.
  • Level 4: Do Not Travel
    – Traveling to a country or area that has earned a level 4 advisory -
    the highest advisory level the State Department issues – basically
    means that you are taking your safety (and possibly your life) into
    your own hands when traveling. The U.S. typically has limited abilities
    to ensure your well-being in these regions or provide support should
    you wind up in a crisis situation. Given that many of these nations are
    active conflict zones, terrorist hotbeds, and/or notably anti-American,
    the risks are great. Some of these nations will not permit Americans to
    enter. Those that do, will not go out of their way to offer protections
    or assurances of safety. Quite the contrary, many of these nations are
    quick to detain, incarcerate, or otherwise harass American nationals.
    Take the advisory’s advice – do not travel to a level 4 destination.

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

If you choose to travel to or live in areas of unrest
despite the travel warning, it would be in your best interest to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

STEP is the U.S. State Department’s free program to keep
international travelers and American expatriots up to date with all of
the latest safety and security announcements. As an added benefit,
enrolling in STEP also makes it easier for your nearest U.S. Embassy to
contact you in the event of an emergency while ou are abroad. As such,
you should make it a priority to keep all of your information in STEP
up to date; it is particularly important when you enroll or update your
information to include a current phone number and e-mail address.

While STEP is most conveniently accessed from an internet enabled devise like a computer or smartphone, U.S.
citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest
U.S. Embassy.

The most recent high-level travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State
are listed below with links to useful resources for a safer travel
experience.

Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of

July 10, 2019

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.

Sudan

April 11, 2019

Do not travel to Sudan due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.  

On April 11, 2019, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees.

Violent crime, such as kidnapping, armed robbery, home invasion, and carjacking, is common.

Terrorist
groups continue to pose a threat in Sudan. Terrorist groups in Sudan
may harm Westerners and Western interests through suicide operations,
bombings, shootings, and kidnappings. They may attack with little or no
warning, targeting foreign and local government facilities, and areas
frequented by Westerners.

Yemen

April 9, 2019

Do not travel to Yemen due to terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, kidnapping, 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. Additionally, there is a continuing threat of
kidnapping/detention by terrorists, criminal elements, and/or
non-government actors. Employees of western organizations may be
targeted for attack or kidnapping.

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 medical care. This instability often
hampers the ability of humanitarian organizations to deliver critically
needed food, medicine, and water.

Afghanistan

April 9, 2019

Do not travel to Afghanistan due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.

Travel
to all areas of Afghanistan is unsafe because of critical levels of
kidnappings, hostage taking, suicide bombings, widespread military
combat operations, landmines, and terrorist and insurgent attacks,
including attacks using vehicle-borne, magnetic, or other improvised
explosive devices (IEDs), suicide vests, and grenades.  

Terrorist
and insurgent groups continue planning and executing attacks in
Afghanistan.  These attacks occur with little or no warning, and
have targeted official Afghan and U.S. government convoys and
facilities, local government buildings, foreign embassies, military
installations, commercial entities, non-governmental organization (NGO)
offices, hospitals, residential compounds, tourist locations,
transportation hubs, public gatherings, markets and shopping areas,
places of worship, restaurants, hotels, universities, airports,
schools, gymnasiums, and other locations frequented by U.S. citizens
and other foreign nationals.

Central African Republic

March 25, 2019

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; U.S. government
employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside the
Embassy compound.

Venezuela

March 12, 2019

Do
not 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.

On
March 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced the temporary
suspension of operations of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and the
withdrawal of diplomatic personnel from Venezuela. The U.S. Embassy in
Caracas is not prov    iding any consular services. U.S. citizens residing
or traveling in Venezuela should depart Venezuela.  Commercial
flights remain available.

Haiti

February 14, 2019

Do not travel to Haiti due to crime and civil unrest.

There
are currently widespread, violent, and unpredictable demonstrations in
Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti.  Due to these
demonstrations, on February 14, 2019, the Department of State ordered
the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family
members. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency
services to U.S. citizens in Haiti.

Protests, tire burning, and
road blockages are frequent and unpredictable.  Violent crime,
such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources
to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency
response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent.

Travelers
are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed
shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. The
U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official transportation to
and from the airport, and it takes steps to detect surveillance and
deter criminal attacks during these transports.

Somalia

December 26, 2018

Do not travel to Somalia due to crime, terrorism, and piracy.

Violent
crime, such as kidnapping and murder, is common throughout Somalia,
including Puntland and Somaliland. Illegal roadblocks are also
widespread.

A number of schools acting as “cultural
rehabilitation” facilities are operating throughout Somalia with
unknown licensing and oversight. Reports of physical abuse and people
being held against their will in these facilities are common.

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.

Republic of South Sudan

December 11, 2018

Do not travel to South Sudan due to crime and armed conflict.

Violent
crime, such as carjackings, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies,
and kidnappings is common throughout South Sudan, including Juba.
Foreign nationals have been the victims of rape, sexual assault, armed
robberies, and other violent crimes.

Armed conflict is ongoing
throughout the country and includes fighting between various political
and ethnic groups, and weapons are readily available to the population.
In addition, cattle raids occur throughout the country and often lead
to violence. Reporting in South Sudan without the proper documentation
from the South Sudanese Media Authority is considered illegal, and any
journalistic work there is very dangerous. Journalists regularly report
being harassed in South Sudan, and many have been killed while covering
the conflict in South Sudan.

Iraq

October 18, 2018

Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism and armed conflict.

U.S.
citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous
terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack
both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias
may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq.
Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur frequently in many
areas of the country, including Baghdad.

The U.S. government’s
ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in
Iraq is extremely limited.  On October 18, 2018, the Department of
State ordered the temporary suspension of operations at the U.S.
Consulate General in Basrah.  The American Citizens Services (ACS)
Section at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad will continue to provide consular
services to U.S. citizens in Basrah.

Iran

October 10, 2018

Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.

There is a very high risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in Iran, particularly U.S.-Iranian dual nationals. 

Iranian
authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens,
including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on
charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security.
U.S.-Iranian dual nationals are particularly susceptible to arrest for
these charges. Consular access to detained U.S. citizens is often
denied.

The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular
relations with Iran. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency
services to U.S. citizens in Iran. Switzerland serves as the protecting
power for U.S. citizens in Iran, providing limited emergency services.
The Iranian government routinely delays or denies Swiss officials
access to detained U.S. citizens.

Syria

September 10, 2018

Do not travel to Syria due to terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict.

No
part of Syria is safe from violence. Kidnappings, the use of chemical
warfare, shelling, and aerial bombardment pose significant risk of
death or serious injury. The destruction of infrastructure, housing,
medical facilities, schools, and power and water utilities has also
increased hardships inside the country.

The U.S. Embassy in
Damascus suspended its operations in February 2012. The U.S. government
does not have diplomatic or consular relations with Syria. The Czech
Republic serves as the protecting power for the United States in Syria.
The range of consular services that the Czech Republic provides to U.S.
citizens is extremely limited, and the U.S. government is unable to
provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Syria.  U.S.
citizens in Syria who seek consular services should try to quickly and
safely leave the country and contact a U.S. embassy or consulate in a
neighboring country, if possible.

Mali

August 13, 2018

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.

Libya

August 8, 2018

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.

Pakistan

December 8, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential
travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning
dated May 22, 2017.

Consular services provided by the U.S.
Embassy in Islamabad, the Consulate General in Karachi, and the
Consulate General in Lahore are often limited due to the security
environment. At this time, the Consulate General in Peshawar is not
providing consular services.

Saudi Arabia

November 21, 2017

The
State Department warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of
travel to Saudi Arabia due to continuing threats from terrorist groups.
Furthermore, violence in Yemen has spilled over into Saudi Arabia on a
number of occasions. This warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued
July 27, 2016.

Threat of Terrorism – Terrorist groups, including
ISIS and its affiliates, have targeted both Saudi and Western
government interests, mosques and significant religious sites (both
Sunni and Shia), and places frequented by U.S. citizens and other
Westerners.

Saudi authorities have announced that 34 terrorist
attacks, some resulting in significant loss of life, occurred in Saudi
Arabia in 2016. These included three coordinated bombings on July 4,
2016, in Medina, Qatif, and near the American Consulate General in
Jeddah. 

Congo, Democratic Republic of theOctober 16, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to
the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of ongoing
instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the country. 
Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the DRC, and poor
security conditions in the Eastern Congo and Kasais, make it difficult
for the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services anywhere outside of
Kinshasa. All U.S. citizens should have evacuation plans that do not
rely solely on U.S. government assistance. This replaces the Travel
Warning dated March 29, 2017.

Armed groups operate in the
provinces of North and South Kivu, Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele, Ituri,
Tanganyika, Haut-Lomami, and the Kasai region. These groups have been
known to kill, rape, kidnap, pillage, and carry out operations in which
civilians may be indiscriminately targeted.

Mauritania

October 12, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to far eastern
Mauritania due to the activities of terrorist groups active in the
neighboring regions of Mali, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb
(AQIM), and those which pose a threat in the greater Sub-Saharan
region, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham
(ISIS).  The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott is able to provide only
very limited consular services in remote and rural areas of
Mauritania.  This replaces the Travel Warning of March 22, 2017.

Cameroon

October 2, 2017

The
State Department warns U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the North
and Far North Regions and parts of the East and Adamawa Regions of
Cameroon due to terrorist threats and the risk of violent crime. 
The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services in remote and
rural areas of Cameroon is extremely limited. This replaces the Travel
Warning dated March 23, 2017.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has
actively targeted foreign residents, tourists, and government leaders
in the North and Far North Regions. Thirty-seven foreigners have been
reported kidnapped since 2013.  Since July 2015, the group has
carried out dozens of suicide bombings in the North and Far North
Regions, including the city of Maroua. The U.S. Embassy restricts U.S.
official personnel travel to the North, Far North, and East Regions of
Cameroon, as well as any travel to the north or east of Ngaoundere in
the Adamawa Region.

Eritrea

September 25, 2017

The
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to
Eritrea. The Government of Eritrea restricts the travel of all foreign
nationals in the country, including U.S. diplomats. These restrictions
make it difficult for the U.S. Embassy to provide emergency consular
services to U.S. citizens outside the city of Asmara.  This
replaces the Travel Warning dated February 22, 2017.

U.S.
citizens are strongly advised to avoid travel near the
Eritrean-Ethiopian border and the Southern Red Sea Region because of
the presence of large numbers of Eritrean and Ethiopian troops along
the contested border area, and because of the military tensions between
the two countries. In June 2016, fighting in this region resulted in
numerous deaths. U.S. citizens should also avoid travel to the
contested Eritrea-Djibouti border region, where military troops patrol
and tensions are high.

Cuba

September 18, 2017

The
Department of State advises U.S. citizens to carefully consider the
risks of travel to Cuba while Hurricane Irma recovery efforts are
underway.  Major roads are now open in Havana and power and water
service has been restored in most of the city, but some parts of the
country may be without power and running water. North central Cuba
suffered severe damage and should be avoided until further notice. On
September 6, the Department authorized the voluntary departure of U.S.
government employees and their family members due to Hurricane Irma.
This is an update to the Travel Warning for Cuba issued September 13,
2017.

Travelers should apprise family and friends in the United
States of their whereabouts, and keep in close contact with their
travel agency, hotel staff, and local officials.

Kenya

September 8, 2017
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel
to the border area between Somalia and Kenya because of threats by the
terrorist group al-Shabaab. U.S. citizens should also be aware of
potential terrorist threats and the high risk of crime throughout the
country.  This replaces the Travel Warning dated January 13, 2017.
 

For your safety:

  • Avoid travel in the
    northeastern Kenyan counties of Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa, the
    coastal counties of Tana River and Lamu in their entirety, all areas
    north of Malindi in Kilifi County, and the Nairobi neighborhood of
    Eastleigh.
  • In Mombasa, the U.S. Embassy recommends U.S.
    citizens visit Old Town only during daylight hours, and carefully
    consider whether to use the Likoni ferry due to safety concerns.

Over
the past year, terrorist attacks involving improvised explosive devices
and shootings occurred in Kenya’s border areas with Somalia and along
northern portions of the Kenyan coast. Though the threat from terrorism
continues to be most pronounced in these areas, a broader terrorism
risk throughout the rest of Kenya remains, including within the Nairobi
area.

Ethiopia

August 25, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to
Ethiopia due to the potential for civil unrest and arbitrary detention.
There continue to be reports of unrest, particularly in the Gondar
region and Bahir Dar in Amhara State, and parts of Oromia State. This
replaces the Travel Warning of June 13, 2017.

The Government of
Ethiopia has demonstrated its ability and willingness to restrict or
shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services, impeding the
U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with U.S. citizens in Ethiopia
and limiting the Embassy’s ability to provide consular services.
Additionally, the Government of Ethiopia does not inform the U.S.
Embassy of detentions or arrests of U.S. citizens in Ethiopia.

Bangladesh

August 24, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens of continuing threats from
terrorist groups in Bangladesh and to consider the risks of travel to
and throughout the country.  The Department is updating this
travel warning to reflect the change in the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka’s
status to “partially accompanied,” effective August 24, 2017, allowing
all spouses/partners of U.S. government personnel to remain in or
return to Dhaka. Previously, only adult family members employed by the
U.S. government were permitted to remain or return to Dhaka. Minor
dependents are still prohibited from residing in Dhaka. The U.S.
Embassy remains open and will provide all consular services. This
travel warning replaces the travel warning dated January 5, 2017.

While
Bangladeshi security forces continue to identify and counter terrorist
elements, the Islamic State of Iraq and ash Sham (ISIS) and al-Qaeda in
the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) persist in their efforts to plot and/or
carry out terrorist attacks throughout the country. In March, two
suicide bombing attempts occurred at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal
International Airport and an explosion in the city of Sylhet killed
seven people. These incidents were the first notable attacks since July
1, 2016, when terrorists killed more than 20 people, including one U.S.
citizen, in a restaurant frequented by foreigners in Dhaka’s diplomatic
enclave.

Mexico

August 22, 2017

The
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of
traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal
organizations in those areas.  U.S. citizens have been the victims
of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and
robbery in various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the
Travel Warning for Mexico issued December 8, 2016.

For
information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, see
our state-by-state assessments below. U.S. government personnel and
their families are prohibited from personal travel to all areas to
which the Department recommends “defer non-essential travel” in this
Travel Warning. As a result of security precautions that U.S.
government personnel must take while traveling to parts of Mexico, our
response time to emergencies involving U.S. citizens may be hampered or
delayed. 

Jordan

July 20, 2017

The
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to consider the risks of
travel to and throughout Jordan due to persistent terrorist
threats.  The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham
(ISIS), its affiliates, sympathizers, and other violent extremist
groups have successfully conducted attacks in Jordan and continue to
plot against local security forces, U.S. and Western interests, and
“soft” targets. Jordan’s prominent role in the counter­ISIS Coalition
and its shared borders with Iraq and Syria increase the potential for
future terrorist incidents. This replaces the Travel Warning issued
December 23, 2016. 

U.S., Western, and official Jordanian
interests remain priority targets for ISIS and other violent extremist
organizations. Within the last year, Jordanian authorities have
notified the U.S. Embassy of several disrupted terrorist plots
targeting U.S. citizens and Westerners in Jordan. In addition, on
December 18, 2016, terrorists killed 10 people, including a Canadian
citizen and seven Jordanian security and police officers, at or near a
tourist site in Karak, 130 km south of Amman. Two days later, in the
same area, a shootout between a different terrorist group and Jordanian
security forces occurred. Terrorist entities continue to express
interest in attacking other “soft” targets, such as high-profile public
events, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, schools, and malls.

Egypt

July 19, 2017

The
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to consider the risks of
travel to Egypt due to threats from terrorist and violent political
opposition groups. This replaces the Travel Warning issued on December
23, 2016. A number of terrorist groups, including ISIS, have committed
multiple deadly attacks in Egypt, targeting government officials and
security forces, public venues, tourist sites, civil aviation and other
modes of public transportation, and a diplomatic facility. Terrorists
continue to threaten Egypt’s religious minorities and have attacked
sites and people associated with the Egyptian Coptic Church.

Terrorist
attacks can occur anywhere in the country, including major metropolitan
areas. In early May, ISIS media threatened that places associated with
Westerners, Christians, the Egyptian military or police, and Egyptian
government facilities could be struck at any time. The northeastern
Sinai Peninsula remains a particularly dangerous area, with frequent
attacks on security forces and civilians. There are also reports of
attacks on security forces in Egypt’s Western Desert, the large, mostly
uninhabited area west of the Nile Valley, and in Egypt’s border areas.
The Egyptian Military frequently conducts counterterrorism operations
in these areas.

Philippines, Republic of the

July 17, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all non-essential
travel to the city of Marawi, Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago
including the southern Sulu Sea, and to exercise extreme caution when
traveling to other regions of Mindanao, due to terrorist threats,
insurgent activities, and kidnappings. Similar threats also occurred
throughout the Philippines in 2017. This replaces the Travel Warning
dated December 20, 2016.

There is a threat of
kidnappings-for-ransom of foreigners, including U.S. citizens, from
terrorist and insurgent groups based in the Sulu Archipelago and in the
southern Sulu Sea area. This area stretches from the southern tip of
Palawan, along the coast of eastern Sabah, Malaysia and the islands of
the Sulu Archipelago, up to Zamboanga City, Mindanao. The U.S. Embassy
requires U.S. government personnel to obtain special authorization
before traveling to Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago.

Ukraine

June 27, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Crimea
and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.  This supersedes
the Travel Warning for Ukraine dated December 14, 2016.

Russian-led
separatists continue to control areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk
oblasts, where violent clashes have resulted in over 9,000
deaths.  A ceasefire agreement established a de facto dividing
line between Ukrainian government-controlled and non-government
controlled areas of Ukraine, with a limited number of operational
checkpoints controlled by government and Russian-led separatist forces.
There have been multiple casualties due to land mines in areas
previously controlled by the Russian-led separatists, and both sides of
the contact line are mined.  So-called “separatist leaders” have
made statements indicating their desire to push the contact line to the
administrative borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. 
Artillery and rocket attacks near the line of contact continue to occur
regularly. Individuals, including U.S. citizens, have been threatened,
detained, or kidnapped for hours or days after being stopped at
separatist checkpoints, and one U.S. citizen working for OSCE’s Special
Monitoring Mission to Ukraine was killed inside the non-government
controlled area of Donetsk.  The Government of Ukraine has stated
that foreigners, including U.S. citizens, who enter Ukraine from Russia
through non-government controlled territory, will not be allowed
through checkpoints into government-controlled territory.

Burundi

June 23, 2017The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Burundi due
to political tensions, political and criminal violence, and the
potential for civil unrest. This replaces the Travel Warning dated
November 15, 2016.

The political situation in Burundi is
tenuous, and there is sporadic violence  throughout the country,
including frequent gunfire and grenade attacks by armed groups. Police
and military checkpoints throughout the country restrict freedom of
movement, and police have searched the homes of private U.S. citizens
as a part of larger weapons searches. U.S. citizens should take these
facts into consideration when developing their personal safety plans.

Algeria

June 21, 2017

The
Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to
remote areas of Algeria due to the threat of terrorist attacks and
kidnapping.  This replaces the Travel Warning for Algeria dated
December 13, 2016.

While violence has reduced significantly in
recent years, terrorist groups remain active in some parts of the
country. Although major cities are heavily policed, the possibility of
terrorist acts in urban areas cannot be excluded.

Colombia

June 16, 2017

The
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risk of travel to
Colombia.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution, as violence
linked to domestic insurgency, narco-trafficking, crime, and kidnapping
occur in some rural and urban areas.  This replaces the previous
travel warning dated April 5, 2016. 

Organized political
and criminal armed groups are active throughout much of the country and
their methods include the use of explosives and bomb threats in public
spaces. Violence associated with the armed groups occurs in rural areas
as well as Colombia’s major cities, including in the capital. These
groups are heavily involved in the drug trade, extortion, kidnapping,
and robbery. On November 30, 2016, the Colombian government approved a
peace accord with the largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC). The peace agreement is in the process of
being implemented and does not include other active armed groups.

Burkina Faso

June 7, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to
Burkina Faso, and recommends they avoid travel to the northern part of
the Sahel region, and exercise caution in the rest of Burkina Faso, due
to continuing threats to safety and security, including terrorism. The
ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services in remote and
rural areas of the country is limited. This Travel Warning replaces the
Travel Warning issued on January 20, 2016.

The security
environment in Burkina Faso is fluid and attacks are possible anywhere
in the country, including Ouagadougou. ISIS, al-Qaeda in the Lands of
the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and al-Murabitun terrorist organizations
and affiliates have declared their intention to attack foreign targets
in North and West Africa. In January 2016, armed assailants attacked
civilians at the Splendid Hotel and Cappuccino restaurant in
Ouagadougou, killing 30 people, including one U.S. citizen. AQIM and
al-Murabitun claimed responsibility for the attack. Violent extremist
groups increased their activities in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region in
2016 and 2017, attacking police stations, customs offices, military
posts, and schools in Koutougou, Intangom, Markoye, Tinakoff,
Nassoumbou, Kourfayel, and Baraboule.

Chad

June 6, 2017

The
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of ongoing tensions and
potential terrorist activity throughout Chad.  U.S. citizens
should avoid all travel to the border regions, particularly the Lake
Chad region, and exercise extreme caution elsewhere in the country.
U.S. Embassy personnel are subject to restrictions when traveling in
certain areas of N’Djamena as well as outside of the capital, including
the Lake Chad Basin. The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular
services outside of N’Djamena is limited. This replaces the Travel
Warning issued on November 4, 2016.

Violent extremist
organizations in the region, such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State
of Iraq and Ash-Sham –West Africa (ISIS-WA), can easily cross borders
and target foreigners, local security forces, and civilians. In May
2017, Boko Haram attacked a Chadian military base in the Lake Chad
region. A radicalized Chadian fired shots outside the U.S. Embassy
building in November 2016. Kidnapping for ransom is common – in March
2017 a French citizen was abducted in eastern Chad and held for more
than six weeks. There are also minefields along the Libyan and Sudanese
borders.

Yemen

May 10, 2017

The
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to
Yemen because of the high security threat level posed by ongoing
conflict and terrorist activities. The Department of State updated this
Travel Warning in October 2016 to reflect concerns regarding detentions
of U.S. citizens by armed groups in Sanaa, and this threat remains
unchanged. The Department continues to urge U.S. citizens to defer all
travel to Yemen. We urge U.S. citizens currently living in Yemen to
depart as soon as they are able to safely do so. This supersedes the
Travel Warning for Yemen issued on October 6, 2016.

Tunisia

May 2, 2017

The
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to
southeastern Tunisia along the Libyan border as well as certain
mountainous areas in the country’s west, due to the threat of
terrorism.  This replaces the Travel Warning issued September 29,
2016.

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to
avoid travel to southeastern Tunisia along the Libyan border as well as
certain mountainous areas in the country’s west, due to the threat of
terrorism.  This replaces the Travel Warning issued September 29,
2016.

Israel, The West Bank and Gaza

April 11, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Gaza
Strip and urges those present to depart. The security situation remains
complex in Israel and the West Bank and can change quickly depending on
the political environment, recent events, and particular geographic
location. U.S. citizens should exercise caution and remain aware of
their surroundings when traveling to areas where there are heightened
tensions and security risks. The Government of Israel and the
Palestinian Authority both make considerable efforts to ensure
security, particularly in areas where foreigners frequently travel.
This replaces the Travel Warning issued August 23, 2016. 

Gaza
is under the control of Hamas, a U.S. government-designated foreign
terrorist organization. The security environment within Gaza and on its
borders is dangerous and volatile.  Violent demonstrations and
shootings occur on a frequent basis and the collateral risks are high.
While Israel and Hamas continue to observe the temporary cease-fire
that ended the latest Gaza conflict in 2014, sporadic mortar or rocket
fire and corresponding Israeli military responses continue to occur.

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Turkey

March 28, 2017
U.S. citizens are warned of increased threats from terrorist
groups in Turkey. Carefully consider the need to travel to Turkey at
this time, and avoid travel to southeast Turkey due to the persistent
threat of terrorism.  On March 27, the Department of State
terminated its October 29, 2016, decision to direct family members of
employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to depart
Turkey temporarily.  However, there are restrictions on personal
and official travel by U.S. government personnel and their family
members travelling to and residing in Istanbul.  Restrictions on
travel by U.S. government personnel to certain areas in southeast
Turkey, including Adana, remain.  This replaces the travel warning
dated January 25, 2017.

In 2016, numerous terrorist attacks
involving shootings, suicide bombings, and vehicle-borne bombings in
tourist areas, public spaces, private celebrations, sporting events,
and government, police, and military facilities throughout Turkey
resulted in hundreds of deaths.  The most recent attacks include a
mass shooting at the Istanbul Reina nightclub on January 1, 2017, and
simultaneous suicide bombings near Istanbul’s Besiktas/Vodafone Soccer
Stadium on December 10, 2016.  In addition, an increase in
anti-American rhetoric has the potential to inspire independent actors
to carry out acts of violence against U.S. citizens.

Lebanon

February 15, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon
because of the threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping, and
outbreaks of violence, especially near Lebanon’s borders with Syria and
Israel. U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should be aware of
the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully consider
those risks. This supersedes the Travel Warning issued on July 29, 2016.

In
the event that the security climate in Lebanon worsens, U.S. citizens
will be responsible for arranging their own travel out of Lebanon. The
Embassy does not offer protection services to U.S. citizens who feel
unsafe. U.S. citizens with special medical or other needs should be
aware of the risks of remaining given their condition, and should be
prepared to seek treatment in Lebanon if they cannot arrange for travel
out of the country.

El Salvador

February 14, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks
of travel to El Salvador due to the high rates of crime and violence.
El Salvador has one of the highest homicide levels in the world and
crimes such as extortion, assault and robbery are common. This replaces
the Travel Warning for El Salvador dated January 15, 2016.

Gang
activity is widespread in El Salvador. There are thousands of gang
members operating in the country, including members of Mara Salvatrucha
(MS-13) and Eighteenth Street (M18). Gangs (maras) focus on extortion,
violent street crime, narcotics and arms trafficking. Muggings
following ATM or bank withdrawals are common, as are armed robberies at
scenic-view stops (miradores). While the majority of the violence
occurs between rival gangs and there is no information to suggest U.S.
citizens are specifically targeted, its pervasiveness increases the
chance of being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Honduras

January 23, 2017

The
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks
of travel to the Department of Gracias a Dios in Honduras. In addition,
the greater urban areas of San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, and La Ceiba
have notably high crime and violence rates. This replaces the Honduras
Travel Warning dated August 5, 2016.

The U.S. Embassy restricts
U.S. government staff from traveling to the Department of Gracias a
Dios due to frequent criminal and drug trafficking activity. 
Infrastructure is weak, government services are limited, and police or
military presence is scarce. Those who choose to travel to, or
currently reside in, Gracias a Dios should remain alert to local
conditions and signs of danger.

Source: U.S. Department of State

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