Travel Warnings 2016
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
October 24, 2016
The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of
increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey. U.S.
citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider
the risks of travel to and throughout the country. The U.S.
Department of State is updating this Travel Warning to reflect recent
threat reporting cited in the Turkish media and to advise on the ban on
demonstrations in Ankara province. This replaces the Travel
Warning dated September 23, 2016.
U.S. citizens should still
carefully consider the need to travel to Turkey at this time. The
Governor of Ankara, acting under the authority of the recently-extended
state of emergency, and on the basis of reported terrorist threats
against cities in Turkey, has banned all demonstrations in Ankara
province until November 30. The Department continues to monitor
the effects of the ongoing State of Emergency; recent terrorist
incidents in Ankara, Istanbul, Gaziantep, and throughout the Southeast;
recurring threats; visible increases in police or military activities;
and the potential for restrictions on movement as they relate to the
safety and well-being of U.S. citizens in Turkey. Delays or
denial of consular access to U.S. citizens detained or arrested
by security forces, some of whom also possess Turkish citizenship,
EthiopiaOctober 21, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential
travel to Ethiopia due to ongoing unrest that has led to hundreds of
deaths, thousands of arrests, as well as injuries and extensive
property damage, especially in Amhara and Oromia States. The U.S.
Embassy’s ability to provide consular services in many parts of the
country is limited by the current security situation.
Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency effective October
8, 2016. An October 15 decree states that individuals may be arrested
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. The decree prohibits U.S. and other foreign
diplomats from traveling farther than 40 kilometers outside of Addis
Ababa without prior approval from the Government of Ethiopia, which
severely affects the U.S. Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens.
The full text of the decree implementing the State of Emergency is
available on the U.S. Embassy’s website.
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.
The BahamasOctober 19, 2016
Department of State alerts U.S. citizens that Hurricane Matthew has
passed through The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, and the
Embassy has resumed normal operations. The authorized departure of
family members of U.S. Embassy employees stationed in Nassau has been
lifted. The Department of State has lifted the Travel Warning for New
Providence Island (including Nassau and Paradise Island) and the rest
of the Bahamas except for Grand Bahama Island and North Andros, where
the Travel Warning remains in place. This is an update to the Travel
Warning issued on October 1, 2016.
Conditions on Grand Bahama
Island, including the city of Freeport, and the North Andros area, are
distinct from the rest of the country. The power grids in these areas
have not yet been fully restored and communications remain difficult
due to limited landline and cellular coverage. Authorized departure
of U.S. government employees stationed on Grand Bahama, as well
as their family members, remain in place. Therefore, U.S. citizens
should avoid non-essential travel to those areas until further notice.
SyriaOctober 11, 2016
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 March 31, 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.
HaitiOctober 7, 2016
State Department alerts U.S. citizens that Hurricane Matthew has passed
through Haiti and the Embassy is resuming normal operations. The
authorized departure of family members has been lifted. The Department
continues to warn United States citizen travelers of serious problems
concerning emergency response/medical care infrastructure and crime in
Haiti. This Travel Warning updates the Travel Warning issued on October
Emergency Response: Medical care infrastructure,
including road ambulance and other emergency services, is very limited
in Haiti. Some U.S. citizens injured in accidents and others with
serious health concerns have been unable to find necessary medical care
in Haiti and have had to arrange and pay for medical evacuation to the
United States. We strongly encourage travelers to Haiti to obtain
medical evacuation insurance prior to arrival in country and to use
evacuation organizations that have solid evacuation and medical support
options in place. Moreover, those traveling in rural areas of Haiti
should verify their evacuation organization provides service to where
they are traveling.
Congo, Democratic Republic of theOctober 7, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of ongoing instability and
sporadic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The
potential for civil unrest remains high in Kinshasa and other major
cities. In addition armed groups, bandits, and some elements of the
Congolese armed forces continue to engage in murder, kidnapping, and
robbery in a number of areas of eastern DRC. Very poor transportation
infrastructure throughout the country and poor security conditions make
it difficult for the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services anywhere
outside of Kinshasa. As of October 7, the Department of State ended the
ordered departure of family members of U.S. government personnel,
permitting family members to return to Kinshasa. This replaces the
Travel Warning dated September 29, 2016.
On September 19 and 20,
violent clashes over the election process erupted between security
forces and demonstrators, resulting in the loss of life and the
destruction of property. The potential for additional civil unrest
remains high and the security situation in major cities is
October 7, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential
travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning
dated April 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.
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.
AfghanistanOctober 5, 2016
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 June 22,
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.
JamaicaOctober 1, 2016
U.S Department of State continues to monitor the strength and path of
Hurricane Matthew As of 8 p.m. September 30, the Department of State
extended authorized departure to family members and non-essential
personnel of Embassy Kingston. The decision to authorize
departure was due to the increasing strength of Hurricane Mathew and
the designation of the hurricane as Category 4.
to American citizens to depart Jamaica if possible, but for those who
are unable to depart, we continue to recommend to shelter in place in a
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).
EritreaAugust 26, 2016
U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks
of travel to Eritrea due to the unpredictable security situation along
Eritrea’s borders and restrictions imposed by local authorities on
travel within the country. All foreign nationals, including U.S.
government employees, must obtain permits to travel outside of the
capital Asmara. This restriction limits the ability of the U.S. Embassy
to provide consular/emergency services anywhere outside of Asmara. This
replaces the Travel Warning dated May 6, 2015. Avoid travel along all
border regions. In June 2016, fighting in the Ethiopia-Eritrea border
region reportedly caused several deaths. Continued political and
military tensions between Eritrea and the neighboring countries of
Djibouti and Ethiopia pose the threat of possible renewed conflict. Due
to regional sensitivities, the State Department also recommends against
travel to the border region with Sudan.
Israel, The West Bank and GazaAugust 23, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Gaza
Strip and urges those present to depart as soon as possible when border
crossings are open. The security situation remains complex in Israel
and the West Bank, and can change quickly depending on the political
environment, recent events, and 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 police major tourist attractions and ensure
security, particularly in areas where foreigners frequently travel.
This replaces the Travel Warning issued December 15, 2015.
is under the control of Hamas, a 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 Gaza
conflict in 2014, sporadic mortar or rocket fire and corresponding
Israeli military response continue to occur.
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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.
CameroonAugust 19, 2016
State Department warns U.S. citizens of the high risk of violent crime,
including murder and kidnapping, and terrorist threats including
suicide bombings, and recommends U.S. citizens avoid all travel to the
North and Far North Regions and parts of the East and Adamawa Regions
of Cameroon. The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services in
remote and rural areas is extremely limited. This replaces the Travel
Warning dated December 22, 2015.
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 38 suicide bombings in the North and Far North Regions,
including the city of Maroua. The U.S. Embassy continues to maintain
restrictions on travel by U.S. official personnel 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. Additionally, the threat
of piracy is present in the waters of the Bakassi peninsula in the Gulf
Korea, Democratic People's Republic ofAugust 11, 2016
State Department 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, which imposes unduly harsh sentences,
including for actions that in the United States would not be considered
crimes and which threaten U.S. citizen detainees with being treated in
accordance with “wartime law of the DPRK.” This notice replaces the
Travel Warning dated May 16, 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.
HondurasAugust 4, 2016
Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that the level of
kidnapping, crime, and violence in Honduras remains critically high.
This Travel Warning supersedes the October 2015 Travel Warning.
activity is a serious problem throughout the country and the Government
of Honduras lacks sufficient resources to properly respond to,
investigate, and prosecute cases. As a result, criminals operate with a
high degree of impunity throughout Honduras.
has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The U.S. Embassy has
recorded 37 murders of U.S. citizens since 2011, with three recorded
since January 2016. Official statistics from the Honduran Observatory
on National Violence show Honduras’ homicide rate was 60 per 100,000 in
2015. The majority of homicide cases in Honduras have no resolution.
NigeriaAugust 3, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to
Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa,
Borno, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast
Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable. The Department of State
strongly urges U.S. citizens in Nigeria to consider their own personal
security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their travel
planning. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Nigeria
dated February 5, 2016.
The ability of the Mission to provide
assistance to U.S. citizens in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states remains
severely limited. The Department recommends against all but essential
travel to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings,
robberies, and other armed attacks: Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo,
Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau,
Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara. The Department also warns against travel
in the Gulf of Guinea because of the threat of piracy. Based on safety
and security risk assessments, the Embassy maintains restrictions for
travel by U.S. officials to the states listed above; officials must
receive advance clearance by the U.S. Mission for any travel to those
LebanonJuly 29, 2016
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 near Lebanon’s borders with Syria and Israel.
U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they
accept the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully
consider those risks. This supersedes the Travel Warning issued on
December 11, 2015.
There is potential for death or injury in
Lebanon because of terrorist bombings. Violent extremist groups
operate in Lebanon, including Hizballah, ISIL (Da’esh), ANF, Hamas, and
the Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB). The U.S. government has designated
all of these groups as terrorist organizations. ISIL and ANF have
claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in Lebanon, and these
groups are active throughout Lebanon. U.S. citizens have been the
targets of terrorist attacks in Lebanon in the past, and the threat of
anti-Western terrorist activity remains, as does the risk of death or
injury as a non-targeted bystander.
Saudi ArabiaJuly 27, 2016
Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens carefully consider
the risks of travel to Saudi Arabia due to continuing ISIL (Da’esh)
directed or inspired attacks across the Kingdom. Furthermore,
continuing violence in neighboring countries such as Yemen has a high
potential to spill over into Saudi Arabia. This replaces the Travel
Warning issued April 11, 2016.
Security threats continue.
Terrorist groups, some affiliated with ISIL or Al-Qaida in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP), have targeted both Saudi and Western interests,
including the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, mosques and significant
religious sites (both Sunni and Shia), and places where members of the
Shia-Muslim minority gather. Possible targets include mosques,
pilgrimage locations, and Saudi government facilities, as well as
housing compounds, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, international
schools, Western consulates and embassies, and other facilities where
Republic of South SudanJuly 10, 2016
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. On July 10, 2016, the Department of
State ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel from US. Embassy
Juba. This replaces the Travel Warning dated December 31,
After clashes between government and opposition
forces in Juba on July 7 and 8, general fighting broke out in Juba on
July 10. Since the signing of a peace agreement in August 2015
and the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity in
April 2016, instability has persisted nonetheless across the
country. This instability is exacerbated by intertribal and
intercommunal violence, cattle raiding, economic uncertainty, and an
increase in violent crime. Aid workers have been the targets of
shootings, ambushes, assaults, harassment and robberies, some resulting
in death. Fighting that began on July 10 marked a sudden and
serious deterioration in the security situation in the capital.
BangladeshJuly 10, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully whether
you need to travel to Bangladesh, in light of the latest attack in a
series of extremist events. Effective July 10, 2016, the
Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of family
members of U.S. government personnel posted to the U.S. Embassy in
Dhaka. The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka remains open and will provide
all routine consular services. The U.S. government assesses that
the terrorist threat is real and credible.
On July 1, 2016,
attackers killed more than 20 people in a restaurant frequented by
foreigners in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave, including one U.S.
citizen. Other attacks continue to be carried out against
religious minorities, bloggers, publishers, and security forces
throughout the country. Daesh (also referred to as ISIL, or ISIS)
and Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) have publicly claimed
credit for various attacks since September 2015.
VenezuelaJuly 7, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens that violent crime in Venezuela
is pervasive, both in the capital Caracas and throughout the country.
Security restrictions on U.S. government personnel may restrict the
services the Embassy can provide. All U.S. direct-hire personnel
and their families assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas are subject
to an embassy movement policy which limits their travel abilities
within Caracas and in other parts of the country for their safety and
well-being. Country-wide shortages of food, water, medicine,
electricity, and other basic goods have led to violence and looting.
This replaces the Travel Warning issued on September 18,
Venezuela has one of the world's
highest crime rates and, according to the non-governmental organization
Venezuelan Violence Observatory, has the second highest homicide
rate. Violent crime - including murder, armed robbery,
kidnapping, and carjacking - is endemic throughout the country.
Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in the Colombian
border states of Zulia, Tachira, and Apure.
IraqJuly 6, 2016
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 December 4, 2015.
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 December 4, 2015.
MaliJuly 1, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in
Mali of ongoing terrorist attacks and criminal violence in Mali. The
security environment in Mali remains fluid, and the potential for
attacks throughout the country, including in Bamako, remains
high. Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
renewed its existing restriction instructing U.S. civil aviation to
avoid flying below a certain altitude in the airspace over Mali.
This Travel Warning is being updated to notify U.S. citizens that on
July 1, 2016, the Department of State ordered the departure of eligible
family members 21 and younger and authorized the departure of their
accompanying adult parents from the U.S. Embassy in Bamako. This
notice replaces the Travel Warning issued on April 21, 2016.
extremist groups targeting foreigners, including al-Qa'ida in the Lands
of Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al-Murabitoun, have claimed
responsibility for multiple terrorist attacks in Mali over the past
year, as well as kidnappings in Timbuktu and along the border with
Burkina Faso. Furthermore, violent extremist elements continue to
target Malian security forces, resulting in attacks on Malian
government outposts and base camps for The United Nations
Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
June 30, 2016
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel
to the border areas of 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 November 10, 2015.
Thousands of U.S. citizens travel to Kenya without incident. For your safety:
travel to the northeastern Kenyan counties of Mandera, Wajir and
Garissa (including the cities of El Wak, Wajir, Garissa, Mandera and
Liboi), the coastal counties of Tana River and Lamu, the area of Kilifi
county north of Malindi, and the Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh.
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
UkraineJune 17, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Crimea
and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and recommends those
U.S. citizens currently living in or visiting these regions to depart.
This supersedes the Travel Warning for Ukraine dated December 14, 2015.
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 numerous checkpoints controlled by government and separatist
forces. The Department of State warns all U.S. citizens to defer all
travel to the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. There have been multiple
casualties due to land mines in areas previously controlled by
separatists, and 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.
LibyaJune 9, 2016
Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and
recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately.
The security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and unstable, and
extremist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S.
interests. If in Libya, make contingency emergency plans and maintain
security awareness at all times. This supersedes the Travel Warning
issued on September 16, 2015.
On 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.
SomaliaMay 24, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Somalia
because of continuous threats by the al-Qaida affiliated terrorist
group, al-Shabaab. U.S. citizens should also be aware of the risks of
kidnappings in all parts of Somalia, including Somaliland and Puntland.
There is no U.S. embassy presence in Somalia. This replaces
the Travel Warning dated October 1, 2015.
The security situation
in Somalia remains unstable and dangerous. Terrorist operatives and
armed groups in Somalia continue to attack Somali authorities, the
troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and other
non-military targets. Kidnapping, bombings, murder, illegal roadblocks,
banditry, and other violent incidents are common throughout Somalia,
including Somaliland and Puntland. Al-Shabaab remains intent on
conducting attacks against popular restaurants, hotels, locations known
to be popular with Westerners, and convoys carrying Somali and other
government officials. Last year, there were at least eight prominent
hotel attacks located in the heart of Mogadishu, the Somali capital.
One U.S. citizen was killed during one of these attacks. Munitions
caches and unexploded ordnance exist in various parts of the country
and remain a danger to civilians.
Philippines, Republic of theApril 21, 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 Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated
October 21, 2015.
U.S. citizens should continue to defer
non-essential travel to the Sulu Archipelago, due to the high threat of
kidnapping of international travelers, increased threat of maritime
kidnappings against small boats in the vicinity of the Sulu
Archipelago, and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there.
ChadApril 18, 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 the capitol area is limited. This replaces the Travel
Warning issued on November 10, 2015.
organizations in the region, such as the Islamic State in the West
Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Boko Haram, 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. In 2015, ISWAP/Boko Haram conducted suicide attacks
in N’Djamena targeting police facilities and a market. Kidnapping for
ransom is also a threat in the region. Furthermore, there are
minefields along the borders with Libya and Sudan, and any border may
close without warning.
MexicoApril 15, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of
traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and
security posed by organized criminal groups in the country. U.S.
citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as homicide,
kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in
various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning
for Mexico, issued January 19, 2016, to update information about the
security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions
on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.
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.
BurundiMarch 11, 2016
U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all
travel to Burundi. The Department of State has terminated Ordered
Departure status for Embassy Bujumbura, thereby allowing non-emergency
personnel and adult dependents employed at the Embassy to return to
Burundi. Minors and non-employed adult dependents of Embassy
personnel have not been authorized to return to post. This Travel
Warning replaces the Travel Warning issued on December 13, 2015.
violence persists throughout Burundi in the aftermath of the country’s
contested elections, an attempted coup d’etat, and the debate over the
President standing for a third term. Gunfire and grenade attacks
by armed groups occur frequently. The Government does not have
full command of the armed forces and security services. 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 searches.
AlgeriaMarch 1, 2016
Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to
the Kabylie region and remote areas of southern and eastern Algeria.
This replaces the Travel Warning for Algeria dated August 26, 2015, to
update information on the current security situation in Algeria.
Department of State urges U.S. citizens who travel to Algeria to
evaluate carefully the risks to their personal safety. There is a
high threat of terrorism and kidnappings in Algeria, as noted in the
Department of State's most recent Worldwide Caution. Although the
major cities are heavily policed, attacks are still possible. The
majority of terrorist attacks, including bombings, false roadblocks,
kidnappings, and ambushes have historically occurred in the mountainous
areas to the east of Algiers (Kabylie region and eastern wilayas) and
in the expansive Saharan desert regions of the south and
southeast. Social media accounts affiliated with ISIL, however,
have claimed responsibility for small, non-lethal attacks on government
security forces to the south and west of Algiers.
MauritaniaFebruary 23, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling
to Mauritania, particularly the eastern regions, due to activities by
terrorist groups including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM),
which are active in the neighboring regions of Mali. The ability of the
U.S. Embassy to provide consular services in remote and rural areas of
Mauritania is severely limited. This replaces the Travel Warning
for Mauritania dated October 2014, to update U.S. citizens on the
current security situation.
Kidnapping and other violent acts,
including by terrorist groups, have occurred in the past in the border
regions of Guidimagha, Hodh El Charghi and Hodh El Gharbi near the
south-eastern border with Mali, the eastern half of the Assaba region
(east of Kiffa), Tidjikja, the eastern half of the Tagant region (east
of Tidjikja), the eastern half of the Adrar region (east of Ouadane),
and the Zemmour region of northern Mauritania (other than F’Derick and
Zouerat). Aside from the security risks, the remoteness and harsh
environment of these areas present safety challenges as well. The
government of Mauritania has designated most of this area as a
restricted security zone. Entry into this region requires
permission from the Mauritanian authorities.
SudanJanuary 21, 2016
U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the continued risks of
travel to Sudan. U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the Darfur
region, Blue Nile, and Southern Kordofan states, and consider carefully
the risks of travel in other areas of Sudan, due to the continued
threat of terrorism, armed conflict, violent crime and kidnapping. The
U.S. Embassy's ability to provide services outside of Khartoum is very
limited. This replaces the Travel Warning issued on June 15, 2015.
groups remain present in Sudan and are intent on harming Westerners and
Western interests. Terrorist actions may include suicide operations,
bombings, shootings, or kidnappings. The threat of violent crime
targeting Westerners, including kidnappings, armed robberies, home
invasions, and carjackings is particularly high in the Darfur region.
January 21, 2016
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of
travel to Niger and specifically recommends citizens avoid travel to
Niger’s border regions, including the Diffa region and particularly the
Lake Chad basin area. The entire Lake Chad region is especially
vulnerable because of ongoing activities by the extremist group Boko
Haram. This replaces the Travel Warning for Niger dated July 17, 2015,
to update U.S. citizens on the current security situation in Niger.
citizens currently in or travelling to Niger should evaluate their
personal security situation. The U.S. Embassy has very limited
capability to assist U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas. You
should take steps to mitigate the risk of becoming a victim of violent
acts, and avoid locations routinely frequented by Westerners, such as
markets, hotels, restaurants, bars, and places of worship. Violent
groups have targeted these kinds of venues in the past and will likely
do so again. The Embassy requires that all U.S. Embassy personnel stay
only in hotels having an armed Nigerien government security presence
and recommends U.S. citizens follow the specific additional security
guidance on the Embassy website.
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.
El SalvadorJanuary 15 2016
Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that crime and
violence levels in El Salvador remain critically high, and U.S.
citizens traveling to El Salvador should remain alert to their
surroundings. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated
June 22, 2015, and includes updated information on crime and security
in El Salvador.
Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit
El Salvador each year for study, tourism, cruise ship visits, business,
and volunteer work. There is no information to suggest that U.S.
citizens are specifically targeted by criminals; however, crime and
violence are serious problems throughout the country. Since a rise in
violence in the summer of 2015, the current murder rate in El Salvador
is among the highest in the world, an annual rate of 103.1 murders per
100,000 citizens for 2015. In comparison, the U.S. rate is 4.5 per
100,000. While U.S. citizens are not singled out as targets, the
pervasive violence greatly increases the chance of someone being “in
the wrong place at the wrong time.” Since January 2010, 38 U.S.
citizens have been murdered in El Salvador. During the same time
period, 449 U.S. citizens reported having their passports stolen, while
others were victims of violent crimes.
DjiboutiJuly 17, 2015
Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to
Djibouti, including the risk of attack by terrorist organizations in
the region. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for
Djibouti dated November 25, 2014.
The U.S. government remains
concerned about possible attacks on U.S. citizens, whether visiting or
residing in Djibouti, and perceived U.S. and foreign interests.
Attacks may target official government facilities, including embassies
and military installations, as well as soft targets such as
restaurants, clubs, hotels, and other commercial entities. The
Government of Djibouti continues to pursue members of Al-Shabaab
involved in a May 2014 terrorist attack.
Source: U.S. Department of State
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