Travel Warnings 2017
The most recent travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State
are listed below with links to useful resources for a safer travel
experience. If you are going to live in or travel to areas of unrest
despite the travel warning, please take the time to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
By enrolling in STEP, the State Department can keep you up to date with
important safety and security announcements. Enrolling in STEP will
also make it easier for the Embassy to contact you in the event of an
emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP
up to date; it is particularly important when you enroll or update your
information to include a current phone number and e-mail address. U.S.
citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest
April 12, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential
travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning
dated October 7, 2016.
Consular services provided by the
American Embassy in Islamabad, the Consulate General in Karachi, and
the Consulate General in Lahore are often limited due to the security
environment. At this time, the Consulate General in Peshawar is not
providing consular services.
Israel, The West Bank and GazaApril 11, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Gaza
Strip and urges those present to depart. The security situation remains
complex in Israel and the West Bank and can change quickly depending on
the political environment, recent events, and particular geographic
location. U.S. citizens should exercise caution and remain aware of
their surroundings when traveling to areas where there are heightened
tensions and security risks. The Government of Israel and the
Palestinian Authority both make considerable efforts to ensure
security, particularly in areas where foreigners frequently travel.
This replaces the Travel Warning issued August 23, 2016.
is under the control of Hamas, a U.S. government-designated foreign
terrorist organization. The security environment within Gaza and on its
borders is dangerous and volatile. Violent demonstrations and
shootings occur on a frequent basis and the collateral risks are high.
While Israel and Hamas continue to observe the temporary cease-fire
that ended the latest Gaza conflict in 2014, sporadic mortar or rocket
fire and corresponding Israeli military responses continue to occur.
Israel Travel Warning | Israel Embassy | Israel Visa Services
April 11, 2017
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of
travel to Niger due to terrorist activity, kidnappings and high crime.
The Department recommends U.S. citizens avoid travel to Niger’s border
regions, particularly the Malian border area, Diffa region and Lake
Chad Basin area because of activity by extremist groups including
al-Qa’eda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the
self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham – Islamic State West
Africa, and Boko Haram. Due to security concerns and travel
restrictions, the U.S. Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in
remote and rural areas is very limited. This replaces the Travel
Warning dated January 21, 2016.
Terrorist organizations, armed
robbers and smugglers operate in the areas bordering Mali, Libya, and
throughout northern Niger. Mali-based extremist groups have crossed the
border and carried out multiple lethal attacks on Nigerien security
NigeriaApril 5, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to
Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all but essential
travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, and Yobe states because
the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and
unpredictable. Very poor transportation infrastructure also makes
it difficult for the U.S. Mission to provide consular services in these
states. All U.S. citizens should have evacuation plans that do not
solely rely on U.S. government assistance. Due to the risk of
kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks, U.S. citizens should
also avoid all but essential travel to: Bayelsa, Delta, Jigawa, Kaduna,
Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara states. This replaces the
Travel Warning dated February 8, 2017.
Boko Haram, an extremist
group based in the northeast, has targeted churches, schools, mosques,
government installations, educational institutions, and entertainment
venues in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Taraba,
the Federal Capital Territory, and Yobe states. Hundreds of thousands
of Nigerians have been displaced as a result of violence in the north.
Islamic State West Africa, which is now a distinct group from Boko
Haram, is present in Nigeria, and may seek to attack locations
frequented by westerners including major population centers.
SudanMarch 30, 2017
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens not to travel to Sudan.
U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the Darfur region, Blue Nile,
and Southern Kordofan states and consider carefully before planning
travel to other areas of Sudan due to the risks of terrorism, armed
conflict and violent crime. The U.S. Embassy's ability to provide
services outside of Khartoum is extremely limited. This replaces the
Travel Warning issued on January 21, 2016.
Terrorist groups are
active in Sudan and have stated their intent to harm Westerners and
Western interests through suicide operations, bombings, shootings, and
kidnappings. Violent crimes targeting Westerners, including
kidnappings, armed robberies, home invasions, and carjacking occur
everywhere in Sudan but are particularly prevalent in the Darfur region.
Congo, Democratic Republic of theMarch 29, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to
the DRC. Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the country
and poor security conditions in eastern DRC make it difficult for the
U.S. Embassy to provide consular services anywhere outside of
Kinshasa. All U.S. citizens should have evacuation plans that do
not rely solely on U.S. government assistance. This replaces the
Travel Warning dated December 23, 2016.
Armed groups, bandits,
and some elements of the Congolese armed forces operate in the
provinces of North and South Kivu, Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele, Ituri,
Tanganyika, Haut-Lomami, and the Kasai region. These groups have been
known to kill, rape, kidnap, pillage, and carry out military or
paramilitary operations in which civilians may be indiscriminately
Saudi ArabiaMarch 29, 2017
State Department warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of
travel to Saudi Arabia due to continuing threats from terrorist groups.
Furthermore, violence in Yemen has spilled over into Saudi Arabia on a
number of occasions. This warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued
July 27, 2016.
Threat of Terrorism – Terrorist groups, including
ISIS and its affiliates, have targeted both Saudi and Western
government interests, mosques and significant religious sites (both
Sunni and Shia), and places frequented by U.S. citizens and other
Saudi authorities have announced that 34 terrorist
attacks, some resulting in significant loss of life, occurred in Saudi
Arabia in 2016. These included three coordinated bombings on July 4,
2016, in Medina, Qatif, and near the American Consulate General in
March 28, 2017
U.S. citizens are warned of increased threats from terrorist
groups in Turkey. Carefully consider the need to travel to Turkey at
this time, and avoid travel to southeast Turkey due to the persistent
threat of terrorism. On March 27, the Department of State
terminated its October 29, 2016, decision to direct family members of
employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to depart
Turkey temporarily. However, there are restrictions on personal
and official travel by U.S. government personnel and their family
members travelling to and residing in Istanbul. Restrictions on
travel by U.S. government personnel to certain areas in southeast
Turkey, including Adana, remain. This replaces the travel warning
dated January 25, 2017.
In 2016, numerous terrorist attacks
involving shootings, suicide bombings, and vehicle-borne bombings in
tourist areas, public spaces, private celebrations, sporting events,
and government, police, and military facilities throughout Turkey
resulted in hundreds of deaths. The most recent attacks include a
mass shooting at the Istanbul Reina nightclub on January 1, 2017, and
simultaneous suicide bombings near Istanbul’s Besiktas/Vodafone Soccer
Stadium on December 10, 2016. In addition, an increase in
anti-American rhetoric has the potential to inspire independent actors
to carry out acts of violence against U.S. citizens.
MauritaniaMarch 22, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to far eastern
Mauritania due to the activities of terrorist groups which are active
in the neighboring regions of Mali including al-Qaida in the Islamic
Maghreb (AQIM), and those which pose a threat in the greater
Sub-Saharan region, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq
and ash-Sham (ISIS). The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott is able to provide
only very limited consular services in remote and rural areas of
Mauritania. This replaces the Travel Warning for Mauritania dated
February 23, 2016, to update U.S. citizens on the current security
The government of Mauritania has designated the
following areas as a restricted Security Zone, and you must have
permission from Mauritanian authorities to travel there.
CameroonMarch 22, 2017
State Department warns U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the North
and Far North Regions and parts of the East and Adamawa Regions of
Cameroon because of terrorist threats and the risk of violent crime.
The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services in remote and
rural areas of Cameroon is extremely limited. This replaces the
Travel Warning dated August 19, 2016.
The Boko Haram terrorist
group has actively targeted foreign residents, tourists, and government
leaders in the North and Far North Region. Thirty-seven foreigners have
been reported kidnapped since 2013. Since July 2015, the group has
carried out dozens of suicide bombings in the North and Far North
Regions, including the city of Maroua. The U.S. Embassy restricts U.S.
official personnel travel to the North, Far North, and East Regions of
Cameroon, as well as any travel to the north or east of Ngaoundere in
the Adamawa Region.
SyriaMarch 22, 2017
Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel
to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria
depart immediately. The security situation remains dangerous and
unpredictable. Violent conflict between government and armed
anti-government groups continues throughout the country. There is a
serious risk for kidnappings, bombings, murder, and terrorism. This
replaces the Travel Warning dated October 11, 2016.
No part of
Syria is safe from violence. Kidnappings, the use of chemical warfare,
shelling, and aerial bombardment have significantly raised the risk of
death or serious injury. The destruction of infrastructure, housing,
medical facilities, schools, and power and water utilities has also
increased hardships inside the country.
AfghanistanMarch 21, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan
because of continued instability and threats by terrorist organizations
against U.S. citizens. This replaces the Travel Warning issued October
Travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due
to the ongoing risk of kidnapping, hostage taking, military combat
operations, landmines, banditry, armed rivalry between political and
tribal groups, militant attacks, direct and indirect fire, suicide
bombings, and insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne
or other improvised explosive devices (IED). Attacks may also target
official Afghan and U.S. government convoys and compounds, foreign
embassies, military installations, commercial entities,
non-governmental organization (NGO) offices, restaurants, hotels,
airports, and educational centers.
EritreaFebruary 22, 2017
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to
Eritrea. The Government of Eritrea restricts the travel of all foreign
nationals in the country, including U.S. diplomats. These restrictions
make it difficult for the U.S. Embassy to provide emergency consular
services to U.S. citizens outside the city of Asmara. This replaces the
Travel Warning dated August 26, 2016.
U.S. citizens are strongly
advised to avoid travel near the Eritrean-Ethiopian border and the
Southern Red Sea Region because of the presence of large numbers of
Eritrean and Ethiopian troops along the contested border area, and
because of the military tensions between the two countries. In June
2016, fighting in this region resulted in numerous deaths. U.S.
citizens should also avoid travel to the contested Eritrea-Djibouti
border region, where military troops patrol and tensions are high.
LebanonFebruary 15, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon
because of the threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping, and
outbreaks of violence, especially near Lebanon’s borders with Syria and
Israel. U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should be aware of
the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully consider
those risks. This supersedes the Travel Warning issued on July 29, 2016.
the event that the security climate in Lebanon worsens, U.S. citizens
will be responsible for arranging their own travel out of Lebanon. The
Embassy does not offer protection services to U.S. citizens who feel
unsafe. U.S. citizens with special medical or other needs should be
aware of the risks of remaining given their condition, and should be
prepared to seek treatment in Lebanon if they cannot arrange for travel
out of the country.
El SalvadorFebruary 14, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks
of travel to El Salvador due to the high rates of crime and violence.
El Salvador has one of the highest homicide levels in the world and
crimes such as extortion, assault and robbery are common. This replaces
the Travel Warning for El Salvador dated January 15, 2016.
activity is widespread in El Salvador. There are thousands of gang
members operating in the country, including members of Mara Salvatrucha
(MS-13) and Eighteenth Street (M18). Gangs (maras) focus on extortion,
violent street crime, narcotics and arms trafficking. Muggings
following ATM or bank withdrawals are common, as are armed robberies at
scenic-view stops (miradores). While the majority of the violence
occurs between rival gangs and there is no information to suggest U.S.
citizens are specifically targeted, its pervasiveness increases the
chance of being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Korea, Democratic People's Republic ofFebruary 7, 2017
Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to
North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) due to the
serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s
system of law enforcement. This system imposes unduly harsh sentences
for actions that would not be considered crimes in the United States
and threatens U.S. citizen detainees with being treated in accordance
with “wartime law of the DPRK.” Since the United States does not
maintain diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea, the U.S.
government has no means to provide normal consular services to U.S.
citizens in North Korea. This notice replaces the Travel Warning dated
November 9, 2016.
At least 14 U.S. citizens have been detained
in North Korea in the past ten years. North Korean authorities have
detained those who traveled independently and those who were part of
organized tours. Being a member of a group tour or using a tour guide
will not prevent North Korean authorities from detaining or arresting
you. Efforts by private tour operators to prevent or resolve past
detentions of U.S. citizens in the DPRK have not been successful.
IraqJanuary 31, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to
Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains very dangerous, and the ability
of the Embassy to assist U.S. citizens facing difficulty is extremely
limited. This supersedes the Travel Warning dated July 6, 2016.
citizens in Iraq are at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist
violence. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in
Iraq, including Da'esh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant, or ISIL.) Such groups regularly attack both the Iraqi
security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias may
also threaten U.S. citizens and western companies throughout
Iraq. Kidnappings and attacks by means of improvised explosive
devices (IED) occur frequently in many areas of the country, including
Baghdad. U.S. citizens should pay particular attention to the
possibility of terrorist attacks around religious and civic holidays.
LibyaJanuary 27, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and
recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately. On
July 26, 2014, the U.S. Embassy suspended all embassy operations in
Libya and relocated staff outside of the country because of violence
between Libyan militias. The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli remains
closed, and the security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and
unstable. U.S. citizens in Libya should make contingency emergency
plans and maintain situational awareness at all times. This Travel
Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued on June 9, 2016.
July 26, 2014 the U.S. Embassy suspended operations in Libya. The
Department of State has extremely limited capacity to assist U.S.
citizens in Libya.
HondurasJanuary 23, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks
of travel to the Department of Gracias a Dios in Honduras. In addition,
the greater urban areas of San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, and La Ceiba
have notably high crime and violence rates. This replaces the Honduras
Travel Warning dated August 5, 2016.
The U.S. Embassy restricts
U.S. government staff from traveling to the Department of Gracias a
Dios due to frequent criminal and drug trafficking activity.
Infrastructure is weak, government services are limited, and police or
military presence is scarce. Those who choose to travel to, or
currently reside in, Gracias a Dios should remain alert to local
conditions and signs of danger.
January 13, 2017
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel
to the border area between Somalia and Kenya because of threats by the
terrorist group al-Shabaab. U.S. citizens should also be aware of
potential terrorist threats and the high risk of crime throughout the
country. This replaces the Travel Warning dated June 30, 2016.
For your safety:
travel in the northeastern Kenyan counties of Mandera, Wajir and
Garissa, the coastal counties of Tana River and Lamu in their entirety,
all areas north of Malindi in Kilifi County, and the Nairobi
neighborhood of Eastleigh.
- In Mombasa, the U.S. Embassy
recommends U.S. citizens visit Old Town only during daylight hours, and
avoid using the Likoni ferry due to safety concerns.
SomaliaJanuary 11, 2017
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Somalia
because of continuous activity by the al-Qaida affiliated terrorist
group, al-Shabaab. U.S. citizens should be aware of the threat of
kidnapping in all parts of Somalia, including Somaliland and
Puntland. There is no U.S. embassy presence in Somalia.
This replaces the Travel Warning dated May 24, 2016.
There is a
particular terrorist threat to foreigners in places where large crowds
gather and Westerners frequent, including airports, government
buildings, hotels, and shopping areas. In 2016, there were 14
documented attacks directed at hotels, restaurants, and the
international airport in Mogadishu.
BangladeshJanuary 5, 2017
Department of State warns U.S. citizens of continuing threats from
terrorist groups in Bangladesh and to consider the risks of travel to
and throughout the country. The Department is updating this Travel
Warning to reflect the change in the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka’s status to
“partially accompanied,” effective January 5, 2017, allowing only
employed adult family members of U.S. government personnel to remain in
or return to Dhaka. The U.S. Embassy remains open and will
provide all consular services. This Travel Warning replaces the
Travel Warning dated July 10, 2016.
On July 1, 2016,
terrorists killed more than 20 people in a restaurant frequented by
foreigners in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave, including one U.S.
citizen. Da’esh (also referred to as IS, ISIL, or ISIS) and Al
Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) have publicly claimed credit
for multiple attacks since September 2015. In October 2016,
Da’esh threatened to target “expats, tourists, diplomats, garment
buyers, missionaries, and sports teams” in the most “secured zones” in
Republic of South SudanJanuary 4, 2017
U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens against travel to the
Republic of South Sudan because of ongoing fighting, intercommunal
violence, and violent crime. The Department of State has
terminated Ordered Departure status for Embassy Juba, and
simultaneously adjusted its staffing profile to reflect new conditions
on the ground. This replaces the Travel Warning dated July 10,
In July 2016, violent clashes between government and
opposition forces broke out in Juba. Since then, instability has
continued, exacerbated by intertribal and intercommunal violence,
cattle raiding, economic uncertainty, and an increase in violent
crime. Aid workers, including U.S. citizens, have been the
targets of shootings, ambushes, violent assaults, harassment and
robberies. All U.S. citizens in South Sudan should have
evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance, and
should carry medical evacuation insurance.
EgyptDecember 23, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of threats from terrorist
groups in Egypt and to consider the risks of travel to the country. For
security reasons, the U.S. Mission in Egypt prohibits diplomatic
personnel from traveling to the Western Desert and the Sinai Peninsula
outside the beach resort of Sharm El-Sheikh; U.S. citizens should also
avoid travel to these areas. U.S. Mission personnel are only
permitted to travel to and from Sharm el-Sheikh by air – overland
travel is not allowed anywhere in the Sinai Peninsula.
Egyptian Government maintains a heavy security presence at major
tourist sites, such as Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, and other beach
resorts on the Red Sea and on the Mediterranean coast west of
Alexandria, and at many of the temples and archaeological sites located
in and around greater Cairo and in the Nile Valley, such as Luxor,
Aswan, and Abu Simbel. U.S. Mission personnel are allowed to
travel to these areas. However, terrorist attacks can occur
anywhere in the country.
JordanDecember 23, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of threats from terrorist
groups throughout Jordan and to consider the risks of travel to and
throughout the country. Terrorist organizations, including the
self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), its
affiliates, and sympathizers, have successfully conducted attacks in
Jordan and continue to plot assaults in the country. Jordan's
prominent role in the counter-ISIL Coalition and its shared borders
with Iraq and Syria increase the potential for future terrorist
Travelers should be aware that both U.S. and
Jordanian interests have been targeted in recent attacks. On
December 18, 10 people, including a Canadian tourist and seven
Jordanian security and police officers, were killed at or near a
tourist site in Karak, 130 km south of Amman. A shootout between
gunmen and Jordanian security forces occurred in the same area two days
later. On June 6, a gunman killed five Jordanian security
personnel stationed at a security office in Baqaa, north of
Amman. In November 2015, a Jordanian police officer killed two
U.S. citizen trainers and wounded two others in a shooting at the
Jordan International Police Training Center (JIPTC) outside Amman.
MaliDecember 23, 2016
U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all
travel to Mali because of ongoing terrorist attacks and criminal
violence. Effective December 27, the Embassy will change its status to
"Adult Eligible Family Members Only," meaning that no one 21 years old
or younger will be allowed to accompany U.S. government employees
assigned to Mali. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning
dated July 1, 2016.
The security environment in Mali remains
fluid, and the potential for attacks throughout the country, including
in Bamako, remains high. Locations frequented by Western
visitors, including but not limited to hotels and restaurants, continue
to be targets for attacks. U.S. citizens are reminded to stay
vigilant and aware of their surroundings, and exercise caution,
especially at night.
Philippines, Republic of theDecember 20, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all non-essential
travel to the Sulu Archipelago and through the southern Sulu Sea, and
to exercise extreme caution when traveling to the island of Mindanao,
due to continued terrorist threats, insurgent activities, and
kidnappings. This replaces the Travel Warning dated April 21, 2016.
and insurgent groups based in the Sulu Archipelago continue to kidnap
foreigners in the Eastern Sabah province of Malaysia and the southern
Sulu Sea area. This area stretches from the southern tip of Palawan,
along the coast of Sabah, Malaysia and the islands of the Sulu
Archipelago, up to Zamboanga City, Mindanao.
VenezuelaDecember 15, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to
Venezuela due to violent crime, social unrest, and pervasive food and
medicine shortages. All U.S. direct-hire personnel and their families
assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas are subject to an embassy
movement policy that limits their travel within Caracas and other parts
of the country. These security measures may restrict the services the
Embassy can provide. Country-wide shortages of food, water, medicine,
electricity, and other basic goods have led to social unrest, including
violence and looting. Security forces have arrested individuals,
including U.S. citizens, and detained them for long periods with little
or no evidence of a crime. The U.S. Embassy may not be notified of the
detention of a U.S. citizen and consular access to detainees may be
denied or severely delayed. The detained citizen may be denied access
to proper medical care, clean water, and food. This replaces the Travel
Warning issued July 15, 2016.
Venezuela has one of the world's
highest crime rates, including one of the highest homicide rates.
Violent crime - including murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, and
carjacking - is endemic throughout the country. Armed robberies and
street crime take place throughout Caracas and other cities, including
in areas frequented by tourists. Heavily armed criminals are known to
use grenades and assault rifles to commit crimes at banks, shopping
malls, public transportation stations, and universities. Criminals may
take advantage of power outages to target victims when lights and
security alarms are nonfunctional. Drug traffickers and illegal armed
groups are active in the Colombian border states of Zulia, Tachira, and
UkraineDecember 14, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Crimea
and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. This supersedes the
Travel Warning for Ukraine dated June 17, 2016.
separatists continue to control areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk
oblasts, where violent clashes have resulted in over 9,000 deaths. A
ceasefire agreement established a de facto dividing line between
Ukrainian government-controlled and separatist-held areas of Ukraine,
with a limited number of operational checkpoints controlled by
government and separatist forces. There have been multiple casualties
due to land mines in areas previously controlled by separatists, and
both sides of the contact line are mined. Separatist leaders have
made statements indicating their desire to push the front line to the
administrative borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Artillery
and rocket attacks near the line of contact continue to occur
regularly. Individuals, including U.S. citizens, have been threatened,
detained, or kidnapped for hours or days after being stopped at
separatist checkpoints. The Government of Ukraine has stated that
foreigners, including U.S. citizens, who enter Ukraine from Russia
through separatist-controlled territory, will not be allowed through
checkpoints into government-controlled territory.
AlgeriaDecember 13, 2016
Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to
remote areas in southern and eastern Algeria, as well as isolated parts
of the Kabylie region, due to a high threat of terrorist attacks and
kidnapping. This replaces the Travel Warning for Algeria dated March, 1
Terrorist groups remain active. While major cities are
heavily policed, extremists have conducted attacks (often using bombs,
ambushes, or false roadblocks) in the mountainous Kabylie region
(provinces of Boumerdes, Tizi Ouzou, Bouira, and Bejaia) and the
southern and eastern border regions, including the Chaambi mountains
area, south of Souk Ahras, near the Tunisian border.
most attacks are directed towards Algerian military or police, in
September 2014, an ISIL-affiliated group abducted and beheaded a French
citizen in the Kabylie region. In January 2013, an Al-Qaeda-linked
organization attacked a gas production facility near In Amenas,
Algeria, near the Libyan border, holding foreign and Algerian workers
hostage, with dozens killed, including three U.S. citizens.
MexicoDecember 8, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of
traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal
organizations in those areas. U.S. citizens have been the victims of
violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery
in various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel
Warning for Mexico, issued April 15, 2016.
personnel and their families are prohibited from personal travel to all
areas to which the Department recommends “defer non-essential travel”
in this Travel Warning. As a result of security precautions that U.S.
government personnel must take while traveling to parts of Mexico, our
response time to emergencies involving U.S. citizens may be hampered or
EthiopiaDecember 6, 2016
State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel
to Ethiopia due to the potential for civil unrest related to sporadic
and unpredictable anti-government protests that began in November 2015.
The U.S. Embassy's ability to provide consular services in many parts
of the country may be limited without warning due to the government's
restrictions on mobile and internet communications and the
unpredictable nature of the current security situation. This replaces
the Travel Warning of October 21, 2016.
The Government of
Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency effective October 8, 2016 that
includes provisions allowing for the arrest of individuals without a
court order for activities they may otherwise consider routine, such as
communication, consumption of media, attending gatherings, engaging
with certain foreign governments or organizations, and violating
curfews. Additionally, the Government of Ethiopia routinely does not
inform the U.S. Embassy of detentions of U.S. citizens in Ethiopia. The
full text of the decree implementing the State of Emergency is
available on the U.S. Embassy's website.
BurundiNovember 15, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Burundi due
to ongoing political tensions, armed violence, and the potential for
civil unrest. This replaces the Travel Warning dated March 11, 2016.
violence persists throughout Burundi in the aftermath of the country’s
contested elections, an attempted coup d’etat, and debate over the
President’s eligibility for a third term. Gunfire and grenade attacks
by armed groups occur frequently. Police and military checkpoints
throughout the country can restrict freedom of movement. Police have
searched the homes of private U.S. citizens as a part of larger weapons
Incursions across the eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo border by rebel forces, ex-combatants, and youth gangs have
resulted in occasional violent clashes, attacks on civilians, and
HaitiNovember 4, 2016
is an update to the Travel Warning posted on October 7, 2016, warning
United States citizens about the dangers of travel to areas in the
south of Haiti following the October 2016 passage of Hurricane Matthew.
U.S. citizens are advised not to travel to the southern peninsula of
Haiti, commonly referred to as the “southern claw.” The U.S. Embassy
has currently banned unofficial travel to the southern peninsula and
allows official travel only after consultation with its security
office. There is widespread devastation throughout the southern claw
with the most affected areas on the western tip of the peninsula.
Travelers can expect difficult travel conditions with roads made
impassable by landslides, damaged roads, and bridge failures. There is
also widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure, including gas
stations and cell towers, loss of electricity, and shortages of food
and potable water. U.S. citizens who choose to travel to the southern
claw in spite of these risks should carry sufficient water, food, fuel,
and medicine to last longer than their anticipated stay.
security environment around the southern claw is fluid and
uncertain. Some relief convoys and other vehicles have been
subject to robbery at improvised roadblocks or when stopped. U.S.
citizens approaching roadblocks are advised to turn back, as the
situation will likely not improve beyond the first roadblock.
Distribution points have also been the scenes of mob actions that have
overwhelmed available security. U.S. citizens are advised to maintain a
high degree of vigilance and leave any areas where crowds gather.
ChadNovember 4, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of ongoing terrorist
activity throughout Chad. U.S. citizens should avoid all travel
to the border regions, and exercise extreme caution elsewhere in the
country. The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services
outside of N’Djamena is limited. This replaces the Travel Warning
issued on April 18, 2016.
Violent extremist organizations in the
region, such as Boko Haram, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant –
West Africa, (ISIL-WA), and al-Qa’ida in the Lands of the Islamic
Maghreb (AQIM) can easily cross borders and target Westerners, local
security forces, and civilians in the Lake Chad region. Boko
Haram conducted suicide attacks in N’Djamena targeting police
facilities and a market in 2015 killing dozens. Kidnapping for
ransom is also a threat in the region. Furthermore, there are
minefields along the borders with Libya and Sudan, and any border
crossing may close without warning.
Central African RepublicOctober 19, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Central
African Republic (CAR) due to an unpredictable security situation
subject to rapid deterioration, activities of armed groups, and violent
crime. We urge U.S. citizens who are currently in CAR to consider
departing. U.S. citizens in CAR who require consular assistance should
contact the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon. This replaces the Travel
Warning dated April 14, 2016.
The potential for sectarian
violence remains high. Indiscriminate violence and looting has occurred
in CAR since the overthrow of the government in March 2013. Despite the
peaceful election of a new president in 2016 and the continued presence
of a United Nations stabilization force, the security situation remains
fragile. In the event of unrest, airport, land border, and road
closures may occur with little or no notice.
YemenOctober 6, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to
Yemen because of the high security threat level posed by ongoing
conflict and terrorist activities. The Department of State is updating
this Travel Warning to reflect concerns regarding detentions of U.S.
citizens by armed groups in Sanaa. The Department continues to urge
U.S. citizens to defer any and all travel to Yemen. We urge U.S.
citizens currently living in Yemen to depart when they are able to
safely do so. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Yemen issued on
June 28, 2016.
TunisiaSeptember 29, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to
southeastern Tunisia along the Libyan border as well as the mountainous
areas in the country’s west, due to the threat of terrorism. This
replaces the Travel Warning issued April 1, 2016.
attacks have targeted Tunisian government and security forces and
popular tourist sites. A March 7, 2016, attack by ISIL-affiliated
militants in the southeastern border town of Ben Guerdan resulted in
the deaths of 12 Tunisian security officials and civilians. Two attacks
in 2015 targeted tourists: the Bardo Museum in Tunis on March 18 and
two beach hotels near Sousse on June 26. ISIL claimed responsibility
for these attacks. Groups of militants continue to operate in the
mountains of Western Tunisia, including Jebel Chaambi, Sammama, and
Selloum. The Tunisian government continues security force operations
against Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AAS-T), ISIL, and al-Qa’ida in the
Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
IranAugust 22, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Iran.
This replaces the Travel Warning for Iran dated March 14, 2016, to
reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S.
citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans. Foreigners, in
particular dual nationals of Iran and Western countries including the
United States, continue to be detained or prevented from leaving Iran.
U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks
of travel and consider postponing their travel. U.S. citizens residing
in Iran should closely follow media reports, monitor local conditions,
and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country.
authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens,
particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists,
business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and
posing a threat to national security. Iranian authorities have also
prevented the departure, in some cases for months, of a number of
Iranian-American citizens who traveled to Iran for personal or
professional reasons. U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very
carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their
travel. U.S. citizens residing in Iran should closely follow media
reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining
in the country.
ColombiaApril 5, 2016
of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Colombia each year for
tourism, business, university studies, and volunteer work.
Security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years,
including in tourist and business travel destinations such as Bogota,
Cartagena, Barranquilla, Medellin, and Cali. However, violence
linked to narco-trafficking continues to affect some rural and urban
areas. Despite significant decreases in overall crime in Colombia,
continued vigilance is warranted due to an increase in recent months of
violent crime, including crime resulting in the deaths of American
citizens. This Travel Warning replaces the previous travel
warning released on June 5, 2015.
There have been no
reports of U.S. citizens targeted specifically for their nationality.
While the U.S. Embassy has no information regarding specific and
credible threats against U.S. citizens in Colombia, both the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC) and
National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist groups continue to condemn any
U.S. influence in Colombia. The Department of State strongly
encourages U.S. citizens to exercise caution and remain vigilant as
terrorist and criminal activities remain a threat throughout the
country. Explosions occur throughout Colombia on a regular basis,
including in Bogota. Small towns and rural areas of Colombia can be
extremely dangerous due to the presence of terrorists and
criminal elements, including armed gangs (referred to as "BACRIM" in
Spanish), that are active throughout much of the country. Violence
associated with the BACRIM has spilled over into many of Colombia's
major cities. These groups are heavily involved in the drug trade,
extortion, kidnapping, and robbery.
Burkina FasoJanuary 20, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to
Burkina Faso. U.S. citizens in Burkina Faso, and those considering
travel to Burkina Faso, should evaluate their personal security
situation in light of continuing threats to safety and security. The
ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services in remote and
rural areas is limited. U.S. citizens should take steps to
mitigate the risk of becoming a victim of violent acts, and reduce
exposure to locations routinely frequented by Westerners. This
Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning issued on October 9,
Citizens who decide to remain in Burkina
Faso despite this travel warning should maintain situational awareness
at all times and register their presence within Burkina Faso with the
Embassy by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
Source: U.S. Department of State
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