travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

Bhutan - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Do not travel to Bhutan due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) Travel Health Notice for Bhutan due to COVID-19.   

Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in Bhutan. 

Read the country information page

If you decide to travel to Bhutan:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

 

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Senegal - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Reconsider travel to Senegal due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 4 Travel Health Notice for Senegal due to COVID-19.  

Senegal has resumed most transportation options, including international airport operations, and re-opened some land borders. Senegal has normalized many business and government operations including reopening schools. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Senegal.

Exercise Increased Caution In:

  • The Casamance region due to crime and landmines.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Senegal:

Casamance Region--Exercise Increased Caution

Armed individuals have set up roadblocks and attacked travelers on roads south of The Gambia in the Casamance region of Senegal.

Land mines from prior conflicts remain in the Casamance Region.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in this area. U.S. government employees are prohibited from travelling on National Route 4 south of Ziguinchor, on Route 20 between Ziguinchor and Cap Skirring, and on unpaved roads without armed escorts. U.S. government employees are also prohibited from travelling after dark.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

 

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Tajikistan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Reconsider travel to Tajikistan due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Tajikistan due to terrorism.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Tajikistan due to COVID-19.  

Tajikistan has resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Tajikistan.

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 country information page.

If you decide to travel to Tajikistan:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 and terrorism information.

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Iceland - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Iceland due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.     

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Iceland due to COVID-19.    

Iceland has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools).  Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Iceland.

Read the country information page.  

If you decide to travel to Iceland: 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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China - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 14 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), due to COVID-19 and arbitrary enforcement of local laws.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the PRC and Hong Kong due to COVID-19.

The PRC has resumed most business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within the PRC. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in the PRC.

Effective March 28, 2020, the PRC suspended entry into mainland China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits. On August 10, 2020, this ban was modified to allow entry of some nationals, not including the United States. Most commercial air carriers have reduced routes to and from mainland China.

The Hong Kong SAR has resumed most transportation options and business operations. Other improved conditions have been reported within Hong Kong. Visit the Consulate General's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Hong Kong. 

Please monitor the Hong Kong government’s website for further updates on COVID-19.

Country Summary:

The PRC government arbitrarily enforces local laws, including by carrying out arbitrary and wrongful detentions and through the use of exit bans on U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries without due process of law. The PRC government uses arbitrary detention and exit bans: 

  • to compel individuals to participate in PRC government investigations, 
  • to pressure family members to return to the PRC from abroad, 
  • to influence PRC authorities to resolve civil disputes in favor of PRC citizens, and
  • to gain bargaining leverage over foreign governments.

In most cases, U.S. citizens only become aware of an exit ban when they attempt to depart the PRC, and there is no reliable mechanism or legal process to find out how long the ban might continue or to contest it in a court of law.

U.S. citizens traveling or residing in the PRC or Hong Kong, may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention without due process of law.

Security personnel may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the PRC government. 

The PRC government does not recognize dual nationality. U.S.-PRC citizens and U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment, and the PRC government may prevent the U.S. Embassy from providing consular services.

XINJIANG UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION and TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION

Extra security measures, such as security checks and increased levels of police presence, are common in the Xinjiang Uyghur and Tibet Autonomous Regions. Authorities may impose curfews and travel restrictions on short notice.

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

Since the imposition of national security legislation on July 1, the PRC unilaterally and arbitrarily exercises police and security power in Hong Kong. The PRC has demonstrated an intention to use this authority to target a broad range of activities it defines as acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and “collusion” with foreign countries. The new legislation also covers offenses committed by non-Hong Kong residents or organizations outside of Hong Kong, which could subject U.S. citizens who have been publicly critical of the PRC to a heightened risk of arrest, detention, expulsion, or prosecution. PRC security forces, including the new Office for Safeguarding National Security, now operate in Hong Kong.

Demonstrations: Participating in demonstrations or any other activities that authorities interpret as constituting an act of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with a foreign country could result in criminal charges. On July 1, 2020 as part of its color-coded system of warning flags, the Hong Kong police unveiled a new purple flag, which warns protesters that shouting slogans or carrying banners with an intent prohibited by the law could now bring criminal charges.

U.S. citizens are strongly cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and avoid demonstrations.

Propaganda: A PRC propaganda campaign has falsely accused individuals, including U.S. citizens, of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong. In some cases, the campaign has published their personal information, resulting in threats of violence on social media.

Read the country information page for the PRC and for Hong Kong.

If you decide to travel to the PRC:

Last Update: Reissued with updates on COVID-19 and China’s implementation of a national security law in Hong Kong.

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Zambia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Zambia due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Zambia due to COVID-19.

Zambia has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Zambia.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Zambia:

See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Armenia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 17 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Armenia due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Armenia due to COVID-19.

Armenia has lifted stay at home orders, resumed public transportation options, and now allows virtually all business operations. 

Do not travel to:

  • The Nagorno-Karabakh region due to armed conflict.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Armenia:

Nagorno-Karabakh—Do Not Travel

Casualties continue to occur in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Intermittent gunfire and occasional use of artillery systems, including land mines and mortars, result in deaths and injuries each year. Avoid roads near the ‘line of contact’ and roads near the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh as U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling there.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Syria - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Do not travel to Syria due to COVID-19, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Syria due to COVID-19.

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

The U.S. Embassy in Damascus suspended its operations in February 2012. The Czech Republic serves as the protecting power for the United States in Syria. The range of consular services that the Czech Republic provides to U.S. citizens is extremely limited (to include accepting applications for U.S. passports and U.S. Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, as well as providing notarial services), and the U.S. government is unable to provide any 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.

Long standing conflict with neighboring states and porous borders have contributed to a complex and unpredictable security environment. Syria has experienced active armed conflict since 2011.

The U.S. government particularly warns private U.S. citizens against traveling to Syria to engage in armed conflict. U.S. citizens who undertake such activity face extreme personal risks, including kidnapping by armed groups, arbitrary arrests, injury, or death. The U.S. government does not support this activity. Our ability to provide consular assistance to individuals who are injured or kidnapped, or to the families of individuals who die in the conflict, is extremely limited.

Fighting on behalf of or providing other forms of support to designated terrorist organizations, including ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliates, can constitute the provision of material support for terrorism, which is a crime under U.S. law that can result in penalties including prison time and large fines.

There is an ongoing risk of kidnapping and detentions of U.S. citizens and Westerners throughout the country. U.S. citizens remain a target, with many abductions having occurred since mid-2012 and as recently as early 2019. U.S. citizens are also targets of arbitrary abduction and detention by the Syrian government and while in detention do not have access to due process or medical attention. Government detention centers are known to be unsanitary facilities where cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment of detainees has been documented, as well as torture and extrajudicial killings. Note: Only the Syrian government can issue a valid entry visa to Syria. Failure to obtain a legitimate entry visa directly from the Syrian government could result in detention.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Syria, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR), which says that heightened military activity associated with the Syrian conflict may result in the risk of GPS interference, communications jamming, and errant long-range surface to air missiles straying into adjacent airspace within 200 nautical miles of the Damascus Flight Information Region. These activities may inadvertently pose hazards to U.S. civil aviation transiting the region. It also has the potential to spill over into the adjacent airspace managed by neighboring states and eastern portions of the Mediterranean Sea.

As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Syria, the FAA has not assessed the Government of Syria’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page. For more information U.S. citizens should consult the FAA’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Syria: 

 

  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   
  • Visit our website on Travel to High Risk Areas.
  • Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney.
  • Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.
  • Share important documents, login information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs, if you are unable to return as planned to the United States. Leave DNA samples with your medical provider in case it is necessary for your family to access them. 
  • Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization, or consider consulting with a professional security organization.
  • Develop a communication plan with family and/or your employer or host organization so that they can monitor your safety and location as you travel through high-risk areas. This plan should specify who you would contact first, and how they should share the information.
  • Enroll your trip in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Bolivia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 09 Nov 2020

Reconsider travel to Bolivia due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Bolivia due to civil unrest.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Bolivia due to COVID-19.

Bolivia has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Bolivia.

Country Summary: Demonstrations, strikes, and roadblocks can occur at any time in Bolivia. Demonstrations can result in violence. Roadblocks and strikes may cut off traffic and restrict the flow of goods and services around the country. Domestic and international flights may be delayed or unexpectedly cancelled.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Bolivia:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Taiwan - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Exercise normal precautions in Taiwan.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. 

Taiwan is no longer impacted by restrictions due to COVID-19. Visit the American Institute's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Taiwan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice  for  Taiwan due to COVID-19. 

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Taiwan:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Rwanda - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Exercise increased caution in Rwanda due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Rwanda due to COVID-19.  

Rwanda has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of air borders - land borders remain closed), and business operations (including daycares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Rwanda. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Rwanda.

Exercise Increased Caution in:

  • The Rwanda-Burundi border due to armed conflict.
  • The Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border due to armed conflict.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Rwanda:

Rwanda-Burundi Border—Exercise Increased Caution

The Nyungwe Forest National Park abuts the border with Burundi. Borders may not be clearly marked. It is required to obtain permits from the Rwanda Development Board prior to entry. Relations between Burundi and Rwanda are tense and there have been cross-border incursions and armed clashes.

Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Border—Exercise Increased Caution

Armed rebel and militia groups operate in DRC’s North and South Kivu provinces and Virunga Park. Borders may not be clearly marked and there have been cross-border incursions and armed clashes. It is required to obtain permits from the Rwanda Development Board prior to entry to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, which is adjacent to Virunga Park.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Uruguay - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Exercise increased caution in Uruguay due to COVID-19 and crime.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Uruguay due to COVID-19.

Uruguay has resumed limited transportation options (including charter airport operations, some re-opening of borders for Uruguayan citizens and residents) and business operations (including day cares and schools).  Other improved conditions have been reported within Uruguay. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Uruguay.

Violent crimes, such as homicides, armed robberies, carjackings, and thefts have increased throughout the country and occur in urban areas frequented by U.S. government personnel, day and night. Criminals commonly travel in pairs on motorcycles to approach unsuspecting victims with a weapon and demand personal belongings. Armed criminals also target grocery stores, restaurants, financial centers, and small businesses, in which innocent bystanders are often victimized.

Please read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Uruguay:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Be aware of your surroundings especially when traveling to tourist locations or poorly lit areas.
  • Call 911 if you encounter a crime in progress. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt or try to stop a robbery in progress.
  • Be vigilant when visiting banks or using ATMs during non-daylight hours or in remote locations; criminals often target ATMs and businesses in the early morning hours.
  • Do not leave valuable objects in parked vehicles or in plain sight when driving.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Review your personal and residential security plans.
  • 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 Uruguay.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations; review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Barbados - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Exercise increased caution in Barbados due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Barbados due to COVID-19.  

Barbados has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders), and businesses operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Barbados. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Barbados.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Barbados:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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North Korea - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Do not travel to North Korea due to COVID-19 and the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for North Korea due to COVID-19.  

  • Individuals cannot use a U.S. passport to travel to, in, or through North Korea without a special validation from the Department of State.
  • Special validations are granted only in very limited circumstances. More information on how to apply for the special validation is available here

The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in North Korea as it does not have diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea. Sweden serves as the protecting power for the United States in North Korea, providing limited emergency services. The North Korean government routinely delays or denies Swedish officials access to detained U.S. citizens. 

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of North Korea, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page.

If you receive a special validation to travel to North Korea:

  • Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney.
  • Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.
  • 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 Facebook and Twitter.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

 

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Chad - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Wed, 14 Oct 2020

Reconsider travel to Chad due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, minefields, and kidnapping.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Chad due to COVID-19.

Chad has resumed most transportation options, including air and bus travel, reopened some border crossings, permitted most non-essential business to operate, and plans to reopen public schools in October. Other improved conditions have been reported within Chad. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Chad.

Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, and muggings, have occurred in Chad.

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 extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Chad as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of the capital, including the Lake Chad Basin.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Chad:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to risk indicators.

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Hungary - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Hungary due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Hungary due to COVID-19.

Improved conditions have been reported within Hungary. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Hungary.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Hungary:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Malta - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Malta due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Malta due to COVID-19.  

Improved conditions have been reported within Malta.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Malta.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Malta:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Burma (Myanmar) - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Burma due to COVID-19. Additionally, exercise increased caution due to areas of civil unrest and armed conflict

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Burma due to COVID-19.  

Burma has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Burma.

Do not travel to:

  • Buthidaung, Kyauktaw, Maungdaw, Minbya, Mrauk- U, Ponnagyun, and Rathedaung townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
  • Paletwa township in Chin State due to civil unrest and armed conflict
  • Hpakan, Mansi, Momauk, Sumprabum, Tanai, and Waingmaw townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
  • Hpapun township in Kayin State due to civil unrest.
  • Konkyan, Kutkai, Kyaukme, Laukkaing, Matman, Mongmao, Muse, Namphan, Pangsang, and Pangwaun townships in Shan State due to civil unrest and armed conflict

Reconsider travel to:

  • Matupi township in Chin State due to civil unrest.
  • Bhamo and Mogaung townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest.        
  • Hopang, Hseni, Hsipaw, Mongkaung, Namhsan, Namtu, and Nanhkan townships in Shan State due to civil unrest.
  • Shadaw township in Kayah State due to civil unrest.

The following areas of Burma are subject to civil unrest and armed conflict due to fighting between the Burmese military and various ethnic armed groups and militia forces.

  • Northern Shan State
  • Parts of Kachin, Rakhine, and Chin States
  • The Naga Self-Administered Zone in northern Sagaing Region

Conflict-affected areas, particularly Northern Shan State and parts of Kachin, Rakhine, and Chin States are subject to land mines and unexploded ordinance. Land mines and unexploded ordnance have injured foreign tourists in conflict affected areas and their locations are often not marked or otherwise identifiable.

Read the Burma (Myanmar) country information page

If you decide to travel to Burma:

Parts of Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Sagaing, and Shan States

Some townships in the states listed above are subject to fighting between the Burmese military and armed insurgent groups. The level of risk varies significantly between townships and may change at any time:

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these townships as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these locations.

Review information on Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Qatar - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Qatar due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Qatar due to COVID-19.    

Qatar has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Qatar.  

Read the country information page.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Qatar, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

If you decide to travel to Qatar:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Saudi Arabia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 31 Aug 2020

Reconsider Travel to Saudi Arabia due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Saudi Arabia due to terrorism and the threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian targets.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 4 Travel Health Notice for Saudi Arabia due to COVID-19.  

Saudi Arabia lifted stay at home orders and resumed domestic transportation options and businesses operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia.

Do not travel to:

  • Within 50 miles of the border with Yemen due to terrorism and armed conflict.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Saudi Arabia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Terrorists have targeted both Saudi and Western government interests, mosques and other religious sites (both Sunni and Shia), and places frequented by U.S. citizens and other Westerners.

Regional actors hostile to Saudi Arabia have conducted destructive and sometimes lethal attacks against a variety of targets including critical infrastructure, military facilities, airports, and energy facilities throughout the country, as well as vessels in Red Sea shipping lanes. Riyadh, Yanbu, areas in proximity to Jeddah, the civilian airport in Abha, military installations in the south, and specific oil and gas facilities are examples of recent targets. The Islamic Republic of Iran has supplied Yemen-based Houthis and other regional proxy groups with weapons, including drones, missiles, and rockets. Houthi militants continue to plan and conduct attacks against locations in Saudi Arabia. Violence associated with Iran-supported groups represents a significant threat. U.S. citizens living and working near military bases and critical civilian infrastructure, particularly in the Eastern Province and areas near the border with Yemen, are at heightened risk of missile and drone attack.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the following locations, as U.S. Mission personnel and their families are restricted from travel to:

  • Within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border, including the cities of Jizan and Najran, and
  • Qatif in the Eastern province and its suburbs, including Awamiyah.

U.S. Mission personnel and their families are not permitted to use the airport in Abha without Chief of Mission approval.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Saudi Arabia, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Saudi Arabia:

Yemen Border

Violence in Yemen has spilled over into Saudi Arabia on a number of occasions. Rebel forces in Yemen fire artillery at Saudi border towns and launch cross-border attacks against Saudi military personnel. Civilians who are near the border with Yemen are at risk.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border as U.S. government personnel and their families are restricted from travel to this area.

Visit our website for information on travel to high-risk areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Estonia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Estonia due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Estonia due to COVID-19.

Estonia has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Estonia. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Estonia.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Estonia:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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British Virgin Islands - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Fri, 20 Nov 2020

Reconsider travel to the British Virgin Islands due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for the British Virgin Islands due to COVID-19.

The British Virgin Islands have lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in the British Virgin Islands.  

Read  the country information page.

If you decide to travel to the British Virgin Islands:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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The Bahamas - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Reconsider travel to The Bahamas due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions. Exercise caution in some areas of The Bahamas due to crime. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Bahamas due to COVID-19.  

Travelers to The Bahamas may experience travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within The Bahamas due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in The Bahamas.

Country Summary: The vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport) islands. In Nassau, exercise caution in the “Over the Hill” area (south of Shirley Street). Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault occur, but generally not in tourist areas. Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas. Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use independently operated jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to The Bahamas:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to country summary and COVID-19 information.

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Montenegro - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Montenegro due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Montenegro due to COVID-19.  

Montenegro has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares).  While other improved conditions have been reported within Montenegro, local conditions are subject to change.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Montenegro.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Montenegro:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Argentina - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Do not travel to Argentina due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Argentina due to COVID-19.  

Travelers to Argentina may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Argentina due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Argentina.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Argentina:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Belgium - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Belgium due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Belgium due to terrorism.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Belgium due to COVID-19.

Belgium has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Belgium. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Belgium.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Belgium. 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, music, and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to the Belgium:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Jordan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Jordan due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Jordan due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Jordan due to COVID-19.

Jordan has lifted stay at home orders and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Jordan.

Do not travel to:

  • The border with Syria and Iraq due to terrorism and armed conflict.

Terrorist groups continue to plot possible attacks in Jordan. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.  

Read the country information page

If you decide to travel to Jordan:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.  
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
  • Avoid demonstrations and protests.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Jordan.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

The Border with Syria and Iraq

Travelers should avoid Jordan's border with Syria and Iraq given the continued threat of cross-border violence, including the risk of terrorist attacks. All U.S. government personnel on official travel must receive prior permission to visit any area within 10 km of the Jordan-Syria border, except the tourist site of Umm Qais or the city of Irbid. U.S. government personnel must also have permission for official travel on Highway 10 east of the town of Ruwayshid toward the Iraq border, or for official visits to refugee camps anywhere in Jordan. Personal travel by U.S. government employees to the border areas or refugee camps is not permitted. 

Protests

Both planned and impromptu protests may occur throughout Jordan. Avoid demonstrations and follow the guidance of local authorities.

Visit our website for High-Risk Travelers.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Sudan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Wed, 07 Oct 2020

Reconsider travel to Sudan due to COVID-19, natural disaster, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Sudan due to COVID-19.   

Sudan has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including private and international schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Sudan. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Sudan.

Country Summary:

On September 5, the Sudanese government declared a national State of Emergency due to flooding which affected 17 out of 18 of Sudan’s states, including Khartoum. Roads and other infrastructure may be affected; check conditions before traveling.

Crime, such as kidnapping, armed robbery, home invasion, and carjacking can occur. This type of crime is more frequent outside of Khartoum.

Members of known terrorist groups and individuals sympathetic to these groups in Sudan could attack with little or no warning, targeting foreign and local government facilities and areas frequented by Westerners.  

Demonstrations can occur with no warning. The majority of recent demonstrations in Khartoum have been peaceful. However, police and other security forces may intervene to disperse demonstrators, including with the use of tear gas, when protests occur near key governmental locations and/or impair freedom of movement.

Violence continues along the border between Chad and Sudan and areas near the border with South Sudan (including the disputed Abyei area). Armed opposition groups are active in Central Darfur state. Intercommunal clashes can occur throughout the country and can result in the declaration of localized States of Emergency.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Khartoum, as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization from the Sudanese government to travel outside Khartoum. The U.S. Embassy requires U.S. government personnel in Sudan to use armored vehicles for official travel.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Sudan:

  • See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.    
  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or a power of attorney.
  • Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, and the like.
  • Share important documents, login information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs if you are unable to return as planned to the United States. Find a suggested list of such documents here.
  • Be sure to appoint one family member to serve as the point of contact with hostage-takers, media, U.S. and host country government agencies, and Members of Congress, if you are taken hostage or detained.
  • Establish a proof of life protocol with your loved ones, so that if you are taken hostage, your loved ones can know specific questions and answers to ask the hostage-takers to be sure that you are alive and to rule out a hoax.
  • Leave DNA samples with your medical provider in case it is necessary for your family to access them.
  • Erase any sensitive photos, comments, or other materials from your social media pages, cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices that could be considered controversial or provocative by local groups.
  • Leave your expensive/sentimental belongings behind.
  • 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 Sudan.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to information on terrorism, civil unrest, COVID-19, natural disaster, and armed conflict.

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Cuba - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Do not travel to Cuba due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Cuba due to demonstrable and sometimes debilitating injuries to members of our diplomatic community resulting in the drawdown of embassy staff.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Cuba due to COVID-19.   

Travelers to Cuba may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Cuba due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Cuba.

Numerous U.S. Embassy Havana employees suffered demonstrable and sometimes debilitating injuries during their service in Havana. Affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms including ear complaints and hearing loss, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, cognitive issues, visual problems, and difficulty sleeping. We continue to investigate how the health of our diplomats and their family members was severely and permanently damaged.

These symptoms occurred in U.S. diplomatic residences (including a long-term apartment at the Atlantic) and at Hotel Nacional and Hotel Capri in Havana.

The U.S. Embassy in Havana is operating with reduced staffing. Family members cannot accompany U.S. government employees who work in Cuba.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Cuba:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Slovakia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Slovakia due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Slovakia due to COVID-19.

Slovakia has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Slovakia. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Slovakia.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Slovakia:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Guinea-Bissau - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Guinea-Bissau due to COVID-19. Reconsider travel to Guinea-Bissau due to crime and civil unrest.  

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Guinea-Bissau due to COVID-19.    

Guinea-Bissau has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Guinea-Bissau.

Country Summary:  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 country information page.

If you decide to travel to Guinea-Bissau:

  • See the U.S. Embassy’s webpage regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.    
  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Only travel during daylight.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events, and adjust your plans based on new information.
  • Make contingency plans to leave the country.
  • 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 Guinea-Bissau.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Cyprus - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Cyprus due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Cyprus due to COVID-19.

Cyprus has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Cyprus. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 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 country information page.

If you decide to travel to Cyprus:

UN Buffer Zone: Since 1974, the southern part of Cyprus has been under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus. The northern part of Cyprus, administered by Turkish Cypriots, proclaimed itself the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (“TRNC”) in 1983. The United States does not recognize the “TRNC,” nor does any country other than Turkey. A buffer zone patrolled by the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, separates the two sides. For U.S. citizen travelers:

  • Enter and exit the Republic of Cyprus ONLY at Larnaca and Paphos airports and at the seaports of Limassol, Larnaca, and Paphos. The Republic of Cyprus does not consider entry at Ercan Airport in the north to be a “legal” entrance into Cyprus.
  • You cannot receive a residency permit from the Republic of Cyprus to reside in the area north of the UN buffer zone.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Eritrea - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Eritrea due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Eritrea due to travel restrictions, limited consular assistanceand landmines

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Eritrea due to COVID-19.   

Eritrea has resumed some transportation options and business operations (including day cares and schools).  Other improved conditions have been reported within Eritrea. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Eritrea.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Eritrea, as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of Asmara.

Eritrean law enforcement officials routinely block access to foreign nationals in detention. The U.S. Embassy therefore may not receive notification or be allowed access to you if you are detained or arrested.

There are landmines in many remote areas in Eritrea, particularly in Nakfa, AdiKeih, Arezza, the 25 mile-wide region (40 km) between the Setit and Mereb Rivers, and in areas north and west of Keren, areas near Massawa, Ghinda, Agordat, Barentu, Dekemhare, and south of Tessenae.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Eritrea:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

 

 

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Morocco - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Morocco due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Morocco due to terrorism.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Morocco due to COVID-19.   

Morocco has lifted stay at home orders and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Morocco.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Morocco. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Morocco:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 28 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba (BES) due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Curaçao due to COVID-19

BES has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Consulate's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in BES.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to BES:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Germany - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Germany due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Germany due to terrorism.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Germany due to COVID-19.

Improved conditions have been reported within Germany. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Germany.

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 country information page.

If you decide to travel to Germany:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Jamaica - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Jamaica due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions. Exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Jamaica due to COVID-19.  

Jamaica has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations.  Other improved conditions have been reported within Jamaica.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Jamaica.

Do not travel to:

  • The below-listed areas of Kingston due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of Montego Bay due to crime.
  • Spanish Town due to crime

Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides are common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Emergency services vary throughout the island, and response times may vary from U.S. standards. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to areas listed below, from using public buses, and from driving outside of prescribed areas of Kingston at night. 

Read the country information page

If you decide to travel to Jamaica:

Kingston

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Kingston. Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Cassava Piece
  • Downtown Kingston, defined as between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads. Downtown Kingston includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens.
  • Grants Pen
  • Standpipe

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas

Montego Bay

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Montego Bay. Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Canterbury
  • Clavers Street
  • Flankers
  • Hart Street
  • Norwood
  • Rose Heights

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas

Spanish Town

Do not travel to Spanish Town. Violence and shootings occur regularly in Spanish Town. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Algeria - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Algeria due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Algeria due to terrorism. 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Algeria due to COVID-19.   

Algeria has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Algeria.

Do not travel to:

  • Areas near the eastern and southern borders due to terrorism and kidnapping.
  • Areas in the Sahara Desert due to terrorism and kidnapping.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Algeria. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning and have recently targeted the Algerian security forces. Most attacks take place in rural areas, but attacks are possible in urban areas despite a heavy and active police presence.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Algiers province due to Algerian government restrictions on travel by U.S. government employees.

Read the country information page

If you decide to travel to Algeria:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.  
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.    
  • Inform local police when visiting locations outside of major cities.
  • Travel by air if possible; remain on major highways if you must travel by road.
  • Travel with reputable travel agents who know the area. 
  • Avoid staying overnight outside of the main cities and tourist locations.
  • 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 Algeria.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Eastern and southern borders — Do Not Travel

Avoid travel to rural areas within 50 km (31 miles) of the border with Tunisia and within 250 km (155 miles) of the borders with Libya, Niger, Mali, and Mauritania due to terrorist and criminal activities, including kidnapping.

Visit our website for High-Risk Travelers.

Overland travel to the Sahara Desert — Do Not Travel

Do not travel overland in the Sahara Desert due to terrorist and criminal activity, including kidnapping.

Visit our website for High-Risk Travelers.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Paraguay - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Paraguay due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Paraguay due to COVID-19.     

Paraguay has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Paraguay.  

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Amambay, Alto Paraná, Canindeyu, San Pedro, and Concepcion departments due to crime.

Read the country information page.    

If you decide to travel to Paraguay:

Departments of Amambay, Alto Paraná, Canindeyu, San Pedro, and Concepcion

Transnational criminal elements are active and engage in illicit trafficking of arms, narcotics, and goods in these departments, which are located along Paraguay’s northeastern border with Brazil. Police presence is limited.

U.S. government personnel must provide advance notice when traveling to these areas. 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Andorra - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Andorra due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Andorra due to COVID-19.

Improved conditions have been reported within Andorra. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Andorra.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Andorra:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Lesotho - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Lesotho due to COVID-19.   

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Lesotho due to COVID-19.    

Lesotho has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Lesotho. 

Read the country information page

If you decide to travel to Lesotho: 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Dominica - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 19 Oct 2020

Reconsider travel to Dominica due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.               

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Dominica due to COVID-19.

Dominica has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Dominica.  

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Dominica:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to Travel Advisory Level.  

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French West Indies - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to French West Indies, which includes the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Saint Martin, and Saint Barthélemy, due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for French West Indies due to COVID-19.  

French West Indies has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in French West Indies.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to the French West Indies:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Turkey - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Wed, 26 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Turkey due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution when traveling to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Turkey due to COVID-19.

Turkey has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and reopening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Turkey. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Turkey.

Do not travel to:

  • Sirnak province, Hakkari province, and any area within six miles (ten kilometers) of the Syrian border due to terrorism. (Level 4)

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, for alleged affiliations with terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated. U.S. citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey. Participation in demonstrations not explicitly approved by the Government of Turkey, as well as criticism of the government (including on social media) can result in arrest.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Turkey:

Sirnak Province, Hakkari Province, and Any Area within six miles (ten kilometers) of the Syrian Border – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to Sirnak province, Hakkari province, or any area within six miles (ten kilometers) of the Turkey/Syria border due to the continued threat of attacks by terrorist groups, armed conflict, and civil unrest. Terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings, ambushes, car bomb detonations, and improvised explosive devices, as well as shootings, and illegal roadblocks leading to violence have occurred in these areas. U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling to these provinces and to any area within six miles (ten kilometers) of the Turkey/Syria border without prior approval.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to U.S. government restrictions on personnel.

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Czech Republic - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to the Czech Republic due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Czech Republic due to COVID-19.  

The Czech Republic has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools).  Other improved conditions have been reported within the Czech Republic.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in the Czech Republic.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to the Czech Republic:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Portugal - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Portugal due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Portugal due to COVID-19.

Improved conditions have been reported within Portugal. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Portugal.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Portugal:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Afghanistan - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Mon, 24 Aug 2020

Do not travel to Afghanistan due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Afghanistan due to COVID-19.  

Afghanistan has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Afghanistan.

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.

The U.S. Embassy's ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Afghanistan is severely limited, particularly outside of Kabul. Evacuation options from Afghanistan are extremely limited due to the lack of infrastructure, geographic constraints, and the volatile security situation.

Family members cannot accompany U.S. government employees who work in Afghanistan. Unofficial travel to Afghanistan by U.S. government employees and their family members is restricted and requires prior approval from the Department of State. U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling to all locations in Kabul except the U.S. Embassy and other U.S. government facilities unless there is a compelling U.S. government interest in permitting such travel that outweighs the risk. Additional security measures are needed for any U.S. government employee travel and movement through Afghanistan.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Afghanistan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Afghanistan:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney.
  • Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.
  • Share important documents, login information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs, if you are unable to return as planned to the United States. Consider signing a power of attorney.
  • Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization, or consider consulting with a professional security organization. Carry a communication device and, where possible, ride in armored vehicles.
  • Notify a trusted person of your travel itinerary and contact information. Avoid discussing your movement plans in public where you can be overheard or with persons who do not have the need to know.
  • Obtain medical evacuation insurance with a company that operates in Afghanistan and obtain a list of clinics and hospitals that may be used as an evacuation point.
  • 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 Afghanistan.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information

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Suriname - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Suriname due to COVID-19

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 4 Travel Health Notice for Suriname due to COVID-19.  

Suriname has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Suriname.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Suriname:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Guatemala - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 28 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to Guatemala due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Guatemala due to crime.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Guatemala due to COVID-19.      

Guatemala has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Guatemala.

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 country information page.

If you decide to travel to Guatemala:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   
  • 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 physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Do not use public ATMs.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Guatemala.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Guatemala Department– Reconsider Travel

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.

The following zones are of particular concern in Guatemala City due to crime: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 21, and 24. Guatemala International Airport is located in Zone 13. Take appropriate security measures when traveling to and from the airport.

Do not hail taxis on the street in Guatemala City. Use radio-dispatched taxis (Taxi Amarillo), INGUAT approved taxis from the “SAFE” stand from the airport or hotel taxis.

Avoid areas outside of major roads and highways in the Guatemala Department and listed zones in Guatemala City.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Escuintla Department – Reconsider Travel

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.

Avoid areas outside of major roads and highways.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Chiquimula Department– Reconsider Travel

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.

Avoid areas outside of major roads and highways.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Quetzaltenango Department – Reconsider Travel

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.

Avoid areas outside of major roads and highways.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Izabal Department – Reconsider Travel

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.

Avoid areas outside of major roads and highways.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Petén Department – Reconsider Travel

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.

Tikal is located in Peten Department. Fly directly into Flores airport if possible.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Curaçao - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 28 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to Curaçao due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Curaçao due to COVID-19.

Curaçao has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Consulate's COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in Curaçao. 

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Curacao:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Oman - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Do not travel to Oman due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Oman due to COVID-19.  

Travelers to Oman may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Oman due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Oman.

Do not travel to:

  • The Yemen border area due to terrorism and armed conflict.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Oman, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Oman:

Yemen Border Area

Terrorist attacks and violence continue in Yemen. Crossing the border into Yemen can be dangerous, and U.S. citizens who attempt to cross the Oman-Yemen border, from either Oman or Yemen, may be detained by Omani authorities.

Visit our website for High-Risk Travelers.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Brazil - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Do not travel to Brazil due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Brazil due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Brazil due to COVID-19.  

Travelers to Brazil may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Brazil due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Brazil.

Do not travel to:

  • Any areas within 150 km/100 miles of Brazil’s land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay due to crime. (Note:  This does not apply to the Foz do Iguacu National Park or Pantanal National Park.)
  • Informal housing developments (commonly referred to in Brazil as favelas, vilas, comunidades, and/or conglomerados) at any time of day due to crime (see additional information below).
  • Brasilia’s administrative regions (commonly known as “satellite cities”) of Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastiao, and Paranoa during non-daylight hours due to crime (see additional information below).

Country Summary: Violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, and carjacking, is common in urban areas, day and night. Gang activity and organized crime is widespread. Assaults are common. U.S. government personnel are discouraged from using public, municipal buses in all parts of Brazil due to an elevated risk of robbery and assault at any time of day, and especially at night.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Brazil:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Avoid walking on beaches after dark.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Use caution at, or going to, major transportation centers or on public transportation, especially at night.  Passengers face an elevated risk of robbery or assault using public, municipal bus transportation throughout Brazil. 
  • Use increased caution when hiking in isolated 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 Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Brazil.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

International Borders – Do Not Travel

U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to areas within 150 km/100 miles of the international land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay without advance approval from security officials due to crime.  Travel to the Foz do Iguacu National Park and Pantanal National Park is permitted.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas

Informal Housing Developments (commonly known as “Favelas”) – Do Not Travel

Do not travel to informal housing developments (commonly referred to in Brazil as favelas, vilas, comunidades, and/or conglomerados), even on a guided tour.  Neither the tour companies nor the police can guarantee your safety when entering these communities.  Even in these communities that the police or local governments deem safe, the situation can change quickly and without notice.  While some informal housing developments have clear boundaries or gates, or even names such as “favela”, “vila”, “comunidade”, or “conglomerado”, other such developments may be less obvious, and may be identified by crowded quarters, poorer conditions, and/or irregular construction.  In addition, exercise caution in areas surrounding these communities, as occasionally, inter-gang fighting and confrontations with police move beyond the confines of these communities.  Except under limited circumstances and with advance approval, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to enter any informal housing developments in Brazil. Read the Safety and Security Section on the country information page for further information regarding favelas.

Visit our website for Travel High-Risk Areas.

Brasilia’s Administrative Regions (commonly known as “Satellite Cities”) – Do Not Travel

Without advance approval from security officials, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to Brasilia’s Administrative Regions of Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastiao, and Paranoa between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (non-daylight hours) due to crime.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Austria - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Austria due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Austria due to COVID-19.

Austria has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Austria. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Austria.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Austria:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Azerbaijan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Azerbaijan due to COVID-19 and terrorism concerns. 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Azerbaijan due to COVID-19.  

Azerbaijan has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan has a longstanding risk presented by terrorist groups, who continue plotting possible attacks in Azerbaijan. 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. 

Do not travel to:

The Nagorno-Karabakh region due to armed conflict.

Casualties continue to occur in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Intermittent gunfire and occasional use of artillery systems, including land mines and mortars, result in deaths and injuries each year. Avoid roads near the ‘line of contact’ and roads near the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh as U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling there. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Read the Azerbaijan country information page. 

If you decide to travel to Azerbaijan:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information. 

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Cameroon - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 28 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to Cameroon due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to crime.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Cameroon due to COVID-19. 

Cameroon has resumed most internal transportation options with daily international flights although borders remain, with some exceptions, closed to regular travel. Most business operations have resumed. Other improved conditions have been reported within Cameroon. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Cameroon.

Do Not Travel to:

  • North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions, and Parts of East and Adamawa Regions due to crime and kidnapping.
  • Far North Region due to terrorism.
  • Northwest and Southwest Regions due to armed conflict.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and carjacking, is common throughout Cameroon. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in North, Far North, Northwest, Southwest, and Parts of Adamawa and East Regions of Cameroon due to current official travel restrictions.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Cameroon:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches, handbags, or jewelry.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, help the Embassy contact you in an emergency, and help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Cameroon.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions, and parts of East and Adamawa Regions – Do Not Travel

In the Adamawa Region north of the capital, Ngaoundere, and East Regions, there is a heightened criminal threat within 20 kilometers of the border with the Central African Republic.

Violent crime, including kidnapping by terrorists and/or kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery, assault, and carjacking are serious concerns in Cameroon, especially in all these regions.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Far North Region– Do Not Travel

In the Far North Region, terrorists may attack with no warning, targeting local facilities and places frequented by Westerners.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Northwest and Southwest Regions – Do Not Travel

In Northwest and Southwest Regions, a separatist movement has led to increased levels of violence. Armed clashes between separatists and government forces, and other acts of violence, including kidnapping for ransom and arson, have occurred. Ongoing conflict has led to a breakdown in order, crimes of opportunity, and a significant decline in medical resources in large areas of both regions.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Vanuatu - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Exercise increased caution in Vanuatu due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Vanuatu due to COVID-19.  

Vanuatu has lifted stay at home orders and resumed business operations. Cargo flights, with limited outbound passenger service, and repatriation flights organized by the Vanuatu government are operating on an occasional basis. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Vanuatu.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Vanuatu:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Colombia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Fri, 30 Oct 2020

Reconsider travel to Colombia due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime, terrorism and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Colombia due to COVID-19.  

Colombia has lifted stay at home orders and resumed some transportation and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Colombia.

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.

Country Summary: 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 malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

U.S. government personnel cannot travel freely throughout Colombia for security reasons.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Colombia:

Arauca, Cauca, Chocó, Nariño and Norte de Santander Departments – Do Not Travel

Violent crime, including armed robbery and homicide is widespread.

Terrorist groups are active in some parts.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens as U.S. government personnel cannot travel to these areas due to security concerns.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Several Departments throughout the Country – Reconsider Travel

Reconsider Travel to:

  • Antioquia department north of Medellin
  • Caquetá department
  • Casanare department
  • Cesar department outside of Valledupar
  • Cordoba department outside of Montería
  • Guainía department
  • Guaviare department
  • Meta department
  • Putumayo department
  • Valle del Cauca department outside of Cali and Palmira area
  • Vaupes department
  • Vichada department

Violent crime, including armed robbery and homicide, is widespread.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens as U.S. government personnel cannot travel to these areas because of security restrictions and limited domestic travel options.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to COVID-19 information and Do Not Travel areas.

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Georgia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Georgia due to COVID-19. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Georgia due to COVID-19.

Improved conditions have been reported within Georgia. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Georgia.

Do Not Travel to:

  • The Russian-occupied regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia due to risk of crime, civil unrest, and landmines.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Georgia:

South Ossetia and Abkhazia – Do Not Travel

Russian troops and border guards occupy both South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The precise locations of administrative boundary lines are difficult to identify. Entering the occupied territories will likely result in your arrest, imprisonment, and/or a fine. Violent attacks and criminal incidents occur in the region. Landmines pose a danger to travelers near the boundary lines of both territories.

The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens traveling in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling there.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Mon, 19 Oct 2020

Exercise increased caution in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions. 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines due to COVID-19.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools).  Other improved conditions have been reported in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Chile - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Chile due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Chile due to civil unrest.   

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Chile due to COVID-19.    

Travelers to Chile may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Chile due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Chile.

Exercise increased caution in Chile due to civil unrest. Read the entire Travel Advisory and Travel Alerts.

There have been large-scale demonstrations in Santiago and other major cities in Chile.  Demonstrations can take place with little or no notice.  Many protests occur with little regard for public safety, and have resulted in property damage, looting, arson, and transportation disruptions.  Local authorities have used water cannons and tear gas to disrupt protests.

The government-imposed State of Emergency was lifted on October 28, 2019.  The State of Emergency included curfews in multiple cities, which were enforced by police and the armed forces. While the State of Emergency was lifted, there continue to be conflicts between protestors and Chilean police in Santiago and other cities in Chile. You should remain vigilant, monitor local media for updates and avoid protests and demonstrations.

Expect disruptions to transportation, particularly in Santiago. The Santiago Metro is operating with limited hours, and service has yet to be restored to the entire network. Road blockages on highways and major thoroughfares may occur with little warning. You should contact your airline prior to travel for any information on potential flight delays.

Many shopping malls, banks, supermarkets, and restaurants may be operating with reduced working hours, particularly in the evening.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Chile:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities including movement restrictions and obey all curfews.
  • Find a safe location, and shelter in place if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media and local transportations sites (buses, Metro, and airport) for updates 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 US Embassy and  Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Canada - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Canada due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Canada due to COVID-19.  

Canada has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in Canada.

Read the Country Information page.

If you decide to travel to Canada:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Belarus - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 28 Sep 2020

Reconsider Travel to Belarus due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Belarus due to COVID-19.

Belarus has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Belarus. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Belarus.

Read the country information page

If you decide to travel to Belarus:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Angola - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Angola due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Angola due to COVID-19.  

Angola has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Angola. 

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Urban areas due to crime and kidnapping.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Angola:

Urban areas

Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, kidnapping, carjacking, and homicide, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Luxembourg - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Luxembourg due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Luxembourg due to COVID-19.

Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Luxembourg.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Luxembourg:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Tuvalu - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Tuvalu due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Tuvalu due to COVID-19.  

Tuvalu has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Tuvalu.

Read the Country Information page.

If you decide to travel to Tuvalu:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Kiribati - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Kiribati due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 1 Travel Health Notice for Kiribati due to COVID-19.  

Kiribati has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Kiribati.

Read the Country Information page.

If you decide to travel to Kiribati:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Zimbabwe - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Zimbabwe due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Zimbabwe due to crime and civil unrest.   

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Zimbabwe due to COVID-19.

Zimbabwe has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Zimbabwe.

Violent crime, such as assault, carjacking, and home invasion, is common. Smashing the windows of cars with the intent to steal, which can harm the driver or passengers, is also common.

Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Zimbabwe:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Stay alert and avoid openly displaying cash.
  • Carry a copy of your passport and visa and leave originals in your hotel safe.
  • Stay away from political rallies, demonstrations, and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Zimbabwe.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Hong Kong - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 14 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), due to COVID-19 and arbitrary enforcement of local laws.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the PRC and Hong Kong due to COVID-19.

The PRC has resumed most business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within the PRC. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in the PRC.

Effective March 28, 2020, the PRC suspended entry into mainland China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits. On August 10, 2020, this ban was modified to allow entry of some nationals, not including the United States. Most commercial air carriers have reduced routes to and from mainland China.

The Hong Kong SAR has resumed most transportation and business operations. Other improved conditions have been reported within Hong Kong. Visit the Consulate General's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Hong Kong. 

Please monitor the Hong Kong government’s website for further updates on COVID-19.

Country Summary:

The PRC government arbitrarily enforces local laws, including by carrying out arbitrary and wrongful detentions and through the use of exit bans on U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries without due process of law. The PRC government uses arbitrary detention and exit bans: 

  • to compel individuals to participate in PRC government investigations,
  • to pressure family members to return to the PRC from abroad,
  • to influence PRC authorities to resolve civil disputes in favor of PRC citizens, and
  • to gain bargaining leverage over foreign governments.

In most cases, U.S. citizens only become aware of an exit ban when they attempt to depart the PRC, and there is no reliable mechanism or legal process to find out how long the ban might continue or to contest it in a court of law.

U.S. citizens traveling or residing in the PRC or Hong Kong, may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention without due process of law.

Security personnel may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the PRC government.

The PRC government does not recognize dual nationality. U.S.-PRC citizens and U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment, and the PRC government may prevent the U.S. Embassy from providing consular services.

XINJIANG UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION and TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION

Extra security measures, such as security checks and increased levels of police presence, are common in the Xinjiang Uyghur and Tibet Autonomous Regions. Authorities may impose curfews and travel restrictions on short notice.

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

Since the imposition of national security legislation on July 1, the PRC unilaterally and arbitrarily exercises police and security power in Hong Kong. The PRC has demonstrated an intention to use this authority to target a broad range of activities it defines as acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and “collusion” with foreign countries. The new legislation also covers offenses committed by non-Hong Kong residents or organizations outside of Hong Kong, which could subject U.S. citizens who have been publicly critical of the PRC to a heightened risk of arrest, detention, expulsion, or prosecution. PRC security forces, including the new Office for Safeguarding National Security, now operate in Hong Kong.

Demonstrations: Participating in demonstrations or any other activities that authorities interpret as constituting an act of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with a foreign country could result in criminal charges. On July 1, 2020, as part of its color-coded system of warning flags, the Hong Kong police unveiled a new purple flag, which warns protesters that shouting slogans or carrying banners with an intent prohibited by the law could now bring criminal charges.

U.S. citizens are strongly cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and avoid demonstrations.

Propaganda: A PRC propaganda campaign has falsely accused individuals of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong. In some cases, the campaign, has published their personal information, resulting in threats of violence on social media.

Read the country information page for the PRC and for Hong Kong.

If you decide to travel to Hong Kong:

  • Monitor local media, local transportations sites and apps like MTR Mobile or CitybusNWFB, and the Hong Kong International Airport website for updates.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Avoid taking photographs of protesters or police without permission.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Review your flight status with your airline or at the Hong Kong International Airport website.
  • Follow U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong on Facebook and Twitter.
  • 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 Hong Kong.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates on COVID-19 and China’s implementation of a national security law in Hong Kong.

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Anguilla - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 17 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Anguilla due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health for Anguilla due to COVID-19

Travelers to Anguilla may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Anguilla due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Anguilla.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Anguilla:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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North Macedonia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to North Macedonia due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for North Macedonia due to COVID-19.

North Macedonia has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in North Macedonia.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to North Macedonia:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Japan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Japan due to COVID-19.  

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Japan due to COVID-19. 

Japan has resumed most business operations (including day cares and schools). COVID-19 is still a serious concern in Tokyo and across many areas of Japan, and restrictions on entry remain in effect. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Japan. 

Read the country information page.

If you travel to Japan, you should:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.  
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.    
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Discuss travel to Japan with your healthcare provider. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • 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 Japan.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Bangladesh - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Tue, 08 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to Bangladesh due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Bangladesh due to COVID-19.

Bangladesh has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options, and businesses operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Bangladesh.

Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.

In Bangladesh the crime rate impacting foreigners is generally low. However, travelers should be aware of petty crimes such as pickpocketing in crowded areas. Crimes such as muggings, burglaries, assaults, and illegal drug trafficking constitute the majority of criminal activity in Bangladesh’s major cities, but there are no indications foreigners are being targeted because of their nationality. These crimes tend to be situational, based on time and location.

Terrorism events can happen with little or no warning, with terrorists targeting public areas such as tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, restaurants, places of worship, school campuses, and government facilities.

Because of security concerns U.S. government employees in Bangladesh are subject to movement and travel restrictions. The U.S. government may have limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Bangladesh due to these travel restrictions, a lack of infrastructure, and limited host government emergency response resources.

Reconsider travel to southeast Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.

Travel is dangerous to the Khagrachari, Rangamati, and Bandarban Hill Tracts districts (collectively known as the Chittagong Hill Tracts) due to occasional communal violence and other security risks. Prior approval from the Government of Bangladesh Ministry of Home Affairs Office of Public Safety is required if you plan to travel to these areas. Please visit our website for information on Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Please consult the State Department’s country information page. If you decide to travel to Bangladesh:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Ghana - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 21 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to Ghana due to COVID-19

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.     

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Ghana due to COVID-19.    

Ghana has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders), and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Ghana.

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Urban areas due to crime.
  • Intercity highways after dark due to crime.
  • Areas near the northern border in the Upper East and Upper West regions due to crime.
  • Parts of the Bono East, Bono, Savannah, Northern, North East, and Upper East regions due to civil unrest.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Ghana:

Urban Areas – Exercise Increased Caution

Violent crime, such as street mugging, is more frequent in urban areas as compared to their surrounding suburbs. These crimes are also more prevalent at night and in isolated locations.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to more serious crimes.

Intercity Highways After Dark – Exercise Increased Caution

Armed assaults on private vehicles and public transports occur more frequently after dark, often by criminal elements using blockades to slow down and restrict movement of vehicles.

Areas Near the Northern Border in the Upper East and Upper West Regions – Exercise Increased Caution

U.S. citizens traveling in Ghana should exercise caution while visiting border areas, in particular the northern border, and be sure to stay abreast of any regional Travel Advisory updates or Security Alerts affecting those areas.

Parts of the Bono East, Bono, Savannah, Northern, North East, and Upper East Regions – Exercise Increased Caution

Civil unrest due to tribal disputes can occur at any time.  While such disputes are typically non-violent, the likelihood for violence developing from a tribal dispute is greater in parts of these regions.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information. 

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Aruba - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Aruba due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Aruba due to COVID-19.  

Aruba has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Aruba. Visit the Consulate's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Aruba.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Aruba:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Sweden - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Sweden due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Sweden due to COVID-19.

Sweden has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Sweden.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Sweden:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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French Guiana - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Do not travel to French Guiana due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for French Guiana due to COVID-19.  

Travelers to French Guiana may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within French Guiana related to COVID-19.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in French Guiana.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to French Guiana:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Exercise increased caution in St. Kitts and Nevis due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for St. Kitts and Nevis due to COVID-19.

St. Kitts and Nevis has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported in St. Kitts and Nevis. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Gabon - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Gabon due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Gabon due to COVID-19.   

Gabon has lifted daytime stay-at-home orders, but an evening curfew remains in place. Commercial air travel has resumed with a limited number of international flights.  Land and sea borders remain closed to travelers though freight shipments are permitted.  Some business operations have resumed. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Gabon. 

Exercise Increased Caution in:

  • Libreville and Port Gentil due to crime.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Gabon:

Libreville and Port Gentil

Crimes such as robbery, vehicle break-ins, and residential burglaries are common.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Mongolia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Tue, 13 Oct 2020

Exercise increased caution in Mongolia due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Malta due to COVID-19. 

Mongolia has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed in-country transportation options and business operations. However, Mongolia maintains an almost total ban on the entry of foreigners and has limited incoming air traffic to government-controlled charter flights. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Mongolia.

Read the country information page.  

If you travel to Mongolia, you should:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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El Salvador - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 14 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to El Salvador due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in El Salvador due to crime.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for El Salvador due to COVID-19.  

El Salvador has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in El Salvador.

Country Summary: 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 country information page.

If you decide to travel to El Salvador:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.  
  • 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.
  • 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 El Salvador.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Madagascar - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Madagascar due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Madagascar due to crime

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Madagascar due to COVID-19.   

Travelers to Madagascar may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Madagascar due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Madagascar.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, may occur throughout Madagascar and particularly in:

  • Antananarivo, Nosy Be, Toamasina (Tamatave), and Mahajunga
  • Ankarana and Montagne d’Ambre National Parks adjacent to Diego
  • Isalo
  • General area surrounding Tolagnaro (Ft. Dauphin), south of National Route (RN) 7 and RN 27 (excluding the tourist area on the coastal roads between Ambovombe and Farafangana)
  • Batterie Beach, north of Toliara (Tuléar)

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Madagascar:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Poland - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Poland due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Poland due to COVID-19.

Poland has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Poland.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Poland:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Mauritius - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Exercise increased caution in Mauritius due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Mauritius due to COVID-19.  

Mauritius has resumed transportation options, including international air travel, although all travelers must undergo a 14-day quarantine. Mauritius has resumed business operations, including day cares and schools. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Mauritius.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Mauritius:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Moldova - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Moldova due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to unresolved conflict.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Moldova due to COVID-19.

Moldova has lifted stay-at-home orders and resumed some transportation and business operations. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Moldova.

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Transnistria due to the unresolved conflict between this breakaway region and the central government.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Moldova:

Transnistria – 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 military facilities and security forces is prohibited and may result in trouble with authorities.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens traveling in Transnistria as U.S. government employees have restrictions on traveling to the area.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information. 

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Namibia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Tue, 13 Oct 2020

Reconsider travel to Namibia due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Namibia due to COVID-19.  

Namibia has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Namibia. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Namibia.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Namibia:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Nigeria - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 21 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and maritime crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Nigeria due to COVID-19.      

Nigeria has resumed domestic and international commercial air travel. National land borders are not yet opened.  Business operations (including daycares and religious institutions) are slowly reopening in phases. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Do Not Travel to:

  • Borno and Yobe States and Northern Adamawa State due to terrorism
  • Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe states due to kidnapping
  • Coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, and Rivers states (with the exception of Port Harcourt) due to crime, civil unrest, kidnapping, and maritime crime

Country Summary: Violent crime – such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, and rape – is common throughout the country. Exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence.

Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather.

Sporadic violence occurs between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas. 

There is maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Nigeria due to security conditions.

Read the country information page. 

If you decide to travel to Nigeria:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.  
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.  
  • Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa if needed.
  • Exercise caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Review travel routes and times to vary your predictability.
  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events, and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large political gatherings.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • 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 Nigeria. 
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist

Borno and Yobe states and Northern Adamawa State – Do Not Travel

Terrorist groups based in the Northeast target churches, schools, mosques, government installations, educational institutions, and entertainment venues. Approximately two million Nigerians have been displaced as a result of the violence in Northeast Nigeria. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe states – Do Not Travel

The security situation in Northwest and Northeast Nigeria is fluid and unpredictable, particularly in the states listed above due to widespread inter-communal violence and kidnapping.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, and Rivers states (with the exception of Port Harcourt) – Do Not Travel

Crime is rampant throughout Southern Nigeria, and there is a heightened risk of kidnapping and maritime crime, along with violent civil unrest and attacks against expatriate oil workers and facilities.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Tunisia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Tunisia due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Tunisia due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level  4 Travel Health Notice for Tunisia due to COVID-19.  

Tunisia has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Tunisia. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Tunisia.

Do not travel to:

  • Within 30 km of southeastern Tunisia along the border with Libya due to terrorism.
  • Mountainous areas in the country’s west, including the Chaambi Mountain National Park area, due to terrorism.
  • The desert south of Remada due to the military zone.
  • Jendouba south of Ain Drahem and west of RN15, El Kef, and Kasserine, next to the Algerian border due to terrorism.
  • Sidi Bou Zid in central Tunisia due to terrorism.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Tunisia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, museums, resorts, hotels, festivals, nightclubs, restaurants, religious sites, markets/shopping malls, government facilities and security forces. A country-wide state of emergency, which grants security forces more authority to maintain civil order and enables the government to focus on combating terrorism, is in effect. 

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in some areas of Tunisia. U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside greater Tunis.  

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Tunisia:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.  
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   
  • Exercise caution when using public transportation, due to safety and security concerns.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Avoid staying overnight outside of the main cities and tourist locations.
  • Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Tunisia.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Border with Libya

Developments in Libya continue to affect the security situation along the Tunisian-Libyan border in areas such as Ras Jedir and Dehiba along with the cities of Ben Guerdan and Medenine. The border with Libya is frequently closed to all traffic with short notice for extended periods. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Libya. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Western Mountains and Chaambi Mountain National Park

Terrorist groups continue to operate in mountains of Western Tunisia. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

The Desert South of Remada

The desert south of Remada is designated as a military zone by the Government of Tunisia. Special authorization is required for travelers wishing to enter the military zone.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Jendouba El Kef and Kasserine near the Algerian Border

Terrorist groups continue to operate in these areas. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Sidi Bou Zid in Central Tunisia

Terrorist groups continue to operate in this area. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Maldives - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Maldives due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Maldives due to terrorism.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 4 Travel Health Notice for Maldives due to COVID-19.  

Maldives has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Maldives.

Terrorist groups may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Attacks may occur on remote islands which could lengthen the response time of authorities.  

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Maldives:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Greece - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Greece due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Greece due to COVID-19.

Greece has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of some land-border crossing) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Greece. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Greece.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Greece:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Central African Republic - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Do not travel to the Central African Republic due to COVID-19, Embassy Bangui’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens, crime, civil unrest, kidnapping, and elections.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Central African Republic due to COVID-19.  

The Central African Republic has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including schools and restaurants). Other improved conditions have been reported within the Central African Republic. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in the Central African Republic.

The presidential election is scheduled for December 27, 2020. Although there have been no specific incidents of violence or threats targeting U.S. citizens, civil unrest, demonstrations, and election-related violence (including renewed outbreaks of armed conflict) may occur throughout the country in the period leading up to, during, and following the election.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery, aggravated battery, and homicide is common.

Armed groups control large areas of the country and they 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. Family members cannot accompany U.S. government employees who work in the Central African Republic.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Read the Country Information page.

If you decide to travel to Central African Republic (CAR):

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   
  • 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 care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.
  • Share important documents, login information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs, if you are unable to return as planned to the United States. Find a suggested list of such documents here.
  • Be sure to appoint one family member to serve as the point of contact with hostage-takers, media, U.S. and host country government agencies, and Members of Congress, if you are taken hostage or detained.
  • Establish a proof of life protocol with your loved ones, so that if you are taken hostage, your loved ones can know specific questions (and answers) to ask the hostage-takers to be sure that you are alive (and to rule out a hoax)
  • Leave DNA samples with your medical provider in case it is necessary for your family to access them.
  • Erase any sensitive photos, comments, or other materials from your social media pages, cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices that could be considered controversial or provocative by local groups.
  • Leave your expensive/sentimental belongings behind.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Review your personal security plans, be vigilant, and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Central African Republic (CAR).
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with addition of an “E” risk indicator and updates to “If you decide to travel” section.

 

 

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Somalia - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Mon, 26 Oct 2020

Do not travel to Somalia due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 4 Travel Health Notice for Somalia due to COVID-19.  

Somalia has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations) and business operations (including schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Somalia. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Somalia.

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. Methods of attack can include car bombs, suicide bombers, individual attackers, and mortar fire, among others.  

Civil unrest occurs throughout Somalia and can sometimes be violent.

Medical facilities across Somalia have limited capacity and are often nonexistent in rural areas.

Pirates are active in the waters off the Horn of Africa, especially in the international waters near Somalia.  

The U.S. government has extremely 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 has issued a Special Federal Aviation Regulation. For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions, and Notices.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Somalia:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.  
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   
  • Review your personal security plan and visit our page on Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Avoid sailing near the coast of Somalia and review the Live Piracy Report published by the International Maritime Bureau.
  • Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney.
  • Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.
  • Share important documents, login information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs if you are unable to return as planned to the United States. Find a suggested list of such documents here.
  • Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization (if you are traveling on business) or consider consulting with a professional security organization.
  • Develop a communication plan with family and/or your employer or host organization (if you are traveling on business), so that they can monitor your safety and location as you travel through high-risk areas. This plan should specify whom you would contact first, and how that person should share the information.
  • Identify key sources of possible assistance for you and your family in case of emergency, such as the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, FBI, the State Department, your employer (if traveling on business), and local friends/family in the high-risk area. 
  • Be sure to appoint one family member to serve as the point of contact with hostage-takers, media, U.S. and host country government agencies, and members of Congress if you are taken hostage or detained.
  • Establish a proof of life protocol with your loved ones, so that if you are taken hostage, your loved ones can know specific questions (and answers) to ask the hostage-takers to be sure that you are alive (and to rule out a hoax).
  • Leave DNA samples with your medical provider in case it is necessary for your family to access them.
  • Erase any sensitive photos, comments, or other materials from your social media pages, cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices that could be considered controversial or provocative by local groups.
  • Leave your expensive/sentimental belongings behind.
  • Enroll your trip in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Somalia.

U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Grenada - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Mon, 31 Aug 2020

Exercise increased caution in Grenada due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.  

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Grenada due to COVID-19. 

Grenada has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools).  Other improved conditions have been reported within Grenada. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Grenada.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Grenada:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Norway - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Norway due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Norway due to COVID-19.

Norway has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Norway. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Norway.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Norway:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Tanzania - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 28 Sep 2020

Reconsider travel to Tanzania due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to crime, terrorism, and targeting of LGBTI persons.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Tanzania due to COVID-19.  

Tanzania has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Tanzania.

Country Summary: Violent crime, such as assault, sexual assault, robberies, mugging, and carjacking, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Tanzania. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting embassies, police stations, mosques, and other places frequented by Westerners.

Members of the LGBTI community have been arrested, targeted, harassed, and/or charged with unrelated offenses. Individuals detained under suspicion of same-sex sexual conduct could be subject to forced anal examinations.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Tanzania:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   
  • Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa and keep original documents in a secure location.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not leave your food or drink unattended.
  • Stay alert in all locations, especially those frequented by Westerners.
  • Avoid public displays of affection particularly between same-sex couples.
  • 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 Tanzania.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Tonga - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Exercise increased caution in Tonga due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1Travel Health Notice for Tonga due to COVID-19.

Tonga has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Tonga.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Tonga:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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South Sudan - Level 4: Do Not Travel

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Do not travel to South Sudan due to COVID-19, crime, kidnapping, and armed conflict.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for South Sudan due to COVID-19.  

South Sudan has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within South Sudan. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in South Sudan.  

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 and includes fighting between various political and ethnic groups. 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.

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, and official travel outside Juba is limited. Due to the critical crime threat in Juba, walking is also restricted; when allowed, it is limited to a small area in the immediate vicinity of the Embassy and during daylight hours only. Family members cannot accompany U.S. government employees who work in South Sudan.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of South Sudan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page.  

If you decide to travel to South Sudan:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Exercise extreme care in all parts of the country, including Juba. Travel outside of Juba with a minimum of two vehicles along with appropriate recovery and medical equipment in case of mechanical failure or other emergency.
  • Avoid travel along border areas.
  • Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings. Even events intended to be peaceful can become violent.
  • Be aware that photography in public is strictly controlled and you are required to obtain authorization from the Ministry of Information before taking any photographs or video in public – including while inside a vehicle.
  • Monitor local/international news and consular messages.
  • Enroll your trip in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • Review your personal security plan and visit our page on travel to high risk areas.
  • Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney.
  • Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.
  • Share important documents, log-in information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs, if you are unable to return as planned to the United States. Find a suggested list of such documents here.
  • Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization, or consider consulting with a professional security organization. Your plan should include sheltering in place, maintaining outside communication, and a personal evacuation plan via commercial means.
  • Develop a communication plan with family and/or your employer or host organization so that they can monitor your safety and location as you travel through high-risk areas. This plan should specify who you would contact first, and how they should share the information.
  • Be sure to appoint one family member to serve as the point of contact with hostage-takers, media, U.S. and host country government agencies, and Members of Congress, if you are taken hostage or detained.
  • Establish a proof of life protocol with your loved ones, so that if you are taken hostage, your loved ones can know specific questions (and answers) to ask the hostage-takers to be sure that you are alive (and to rule out a hoax).
  • Leave DNA samples with your medical provider in case it is necessary for your family to access them.
  • Erase any sensitive photos, comments, or other materials from your social media pages, cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices that could be considered controversial or provocative by local groups.
  • Leave your expensive/sentimental belongings behind.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for South Sudan.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Ukraine - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Mon, 24 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Ukraine due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Ukraine due to COVID-19.   

Ukraine has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Ukraine.

Do not travel to:

  • Crimea due to arbitrary detentions and other abuses by Russian occupation authorities.
  • The eastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, especially the non-government-controlled areas, due to armed conflict.

Crime targeting foreigners and property is common. Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv. Politically targeted assassinations and bombings have also occurred. There are reports of violent attacks on minority groups and police by radical groups.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits U.S. civil aviation from flying in the Ukrainian Simferopol (UKFV) and Dnipropetrovsk (UKDV) Flight Information Regions. For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Ukraine:

 

Crimea – Do Not Travel

Russia occupies and has attempted to annex Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, and there is extensive Russian Federation military presence in Crimea. Occupation authorities continue to abuse and arbitrarily imprison foreigners and the local population, particularly individuals who are seen as opposing Russia’s occupation of the peninsula.

The U.S. government prohibits its employees from traveling to Crimea and is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Crimea.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

 

Donetsk and Luhansk – Do Not Travel

Russia-led forces continue to control areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, where the ongoing armed conflict has resulted in more than 13,000 deaths. Individuals, including U.S. citizens, have been threatened, detained, or kidnapped for hours or days after being stopped at checkpoints controlled by Russia-led forces. The U.S. government restricts U.S. government employees from traveling to the eastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and adjacent regions, which limits the ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizen in these regions.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Ireland - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Reconsider travel to Ireland due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Ireland due to COVID-19.

Ireland has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Ireland. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Ireland.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Ireland:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Palau - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Mon, 17 Aug 2020

Exercise increased caution in Palau due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice  for  Palau due to COVID-19. 

Palau has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Palau. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Palau.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Palau:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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