The New U.S. State Department Travel Advisories

Worldwide activity and threats have encouraged us, as a travel insurance website, to provide a central place for U.S. citizens to learn about travel advisories affecting their travel destinations abroad.

As of January 10, 2018, the United States government has a new system for issuing travel advisories. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs created the new Travel Advisory System to replace their previous Travel Alerts and Warnings classifications. The new four-tiered system ranks every country based on its current safety and security conditions. The system is designed to help U.S. citizen travellers better understand what is happening internationally and how it could affect them while travelling.

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03/12/2018

United States Travel Advisory System Overview

The new Travel Advisory system replaces the previous “Travel Alert” and “Travel Warning” designations with a four-tiered system.

United States Travel Advisory Levels ExplainedCountries are rated with a Travel Advisory level number 1 through 4, based on their risk level to U.S. travelers. The level numbers advise the following: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions, Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution, Level 3 – Reconsider Travel, Level 4 - Do Not Travel.

Countries assigned a Travel Advisory level of 2 or more will also be assigned a risk indicator.

Understanding the Risk Indicators of the new Travel Advisory System

A risk indicator is a letter that represents a specific reason for the Travel Advisory level number. It also gives particular recommendations for U.S. citizens traveling to that country. A single country can carry more than one risk indicator depending on the stability and security conditions of its regions. Potential risk indicators include C (Crime), T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), H (Health), N (Natural Disaster), E (Time-limited Event), and O (Other).

03/11/2018

Travel Advisory Levels Explained

The new travel advisory system was designed to give U.S. citizens more timely, clear, and reliable information regarding security threats abroad.

Under the new system, each country will have a corresponding numerical value, ranging from 1 to 4, which indicates that country’s current safety and security status. The new system provides reasons as to why the countries were ranked as such and offers specific advice to Americans who wish to travel to the given destinations.

To ensure accuracy, countries in levels 1 and 2 are to be reviewed annually while countries in levels 3 and 4 will be reviewed every six months. The schedule may change in response to particular and unforeseen occurrences, such as natural disasters.

The ratings were assigned based on each country’s current security condition and the U.S. government’s assessment of their situation.

Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions

Level 1 is the lowest advisory level.

Countries in this rank are considered the safest.

Travelers are advised to exercise standard precautions against usual risks and concerns that travelers can encounter in any international travel.

Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

Level 2 countries are those that are fairly safe.

However, these countries have a higher chance of disorder or attacks in some areas.

Travelers are encouraged to be more alert and aware of their surroundings.

Level 3 - Reconsider Travel

Level 3 is composed of countries in which travelers may encounter serious risk to their safety.

These countries may have dense areas of terrorism threats or be affected by natural disasters; in which case, basic necessities can be undersupplied.

Level 4 – Do Not Travel

Level 4 is the highest security level due to life-threatening risks, such as nuclear terrorism threats, ongoing rebellions, war, and bombings. Citizens are encouraged not to visit the countries. If anything is to happen during travel to these countries, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance.

03/10/2018

Travel Advisory Risk Indicators Explained

Standard Risk Indicators are as follows, with descriptions as stated in the official fact sheet released by the State Department:

C - Crime: Widespread violent or organized crime is present in areas of the country. Local law enforcement may have limited ability to respond to serious crimes.

T - Terrorism: Terrorist attacks have occurred and/or specific threats against civilians, groups, or other targets may exist

U - Civil Unrest: Political, economic, religious, and/or ethnic instability exists and may cause violence, major disruptions, and/or safety risks.

H - Health: Health risks, including current disease outbreaks or a crisis that disrupts a country’s medical infrastructure, are present. The issuance of a Centers for Disease Control Travel Notice may be a factor.

N - Natural Disaster: A natural disaster, or its aftermath poses danger.

E - Time-Limited Event: A short-term event, such as an election, sporting event, or other incident that may pose a safety risk.

O - Other: There are potential risks not covered by the other risk indicators. Read the country’s Travel Advisory for details.

Note: The rankings, risk indicators, and advisories may change without prior notice as conditions in every country can change any time. The Risk Indicators and the overall ranking of each country are not the same. There is one overall ranking for every country depending on how many risks are present in their territory.

03/09/2018

Current Rankings for Selected Popular Tourist Destinations

COUNTRY or TERRITORY

RANKING

RISK INDICATORS

ADVISORY

RATIONALE

Australia

1

None

Exercise normal precautions

No evident life – threatening risks in the country. Current safety and security conditions are normal.

Bahamas (Located within the Caribbean region)

2

(C) - Crime

Exercise increased caution

Violent crimes such as sexual assault, burglary, and robbery occur in tourist areas, even in daylight.

Barbados (Located within the Caribbean region)

1

None

Exercise normal precautions

No evident life – threatening risks in the country. Current safety and security conditions are normal.

British Virgin Islands (Located within the Caribbean region)

3

(N) - Natural Disaster

Reconsider Travel

Due to the extensive damages caused by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, some parts of the island still lack adequate access to basic necessities.

Canada

1

None

Exercise normal precautions

No evident life – threatening risks in the country. Current safety and security conditions are normal.

Cuba (Located within the Caribbean region)

3

(H) - Health Risks

Reconsider Travel

Recent attacks on the health of U.S. Embassy Havana employees.

France

2

(T) - Terrorism

Exercise increased caution

Caution and vigilance are still encouraged in the country due to the numerous terrorist attacks in the continent the previous year.

Germany

2

(T) - Terrorism

Exercise increased caution

Caution and vigilance are still encouraged in the country due to the numerous terrorist attacks in the continent the previous year.

Israel

2

(T) - Terrorism

(U) - Civil Unrest

(O) - Other

Exercise increased caution

Caution and vigilance are encouraged in the country due to terrorist attacks, civil unrest, and armed conflict in the country. Do not travel to Gaza. Reconsider travel to the West Bank.

Italy

2

(T) - Terrorism

Exercise increased caution

Caution and vigilance are still encouraged in the country due to the numerous terrorist attacks in the continent the previous year.

Mexico

2

(C) - Crime

Exercise increased caution

Crimes such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and

robbery, are widespread in most parts of the country.

Spain

2

(T) - Terrorism

Exercise increased caution

Caution and vigilance are still encouraged in the country due to the numerous terrorist attacks in the continent the previous year.

St. Martin (Located within the Caribbean region)

1

None

Exercise normal precautions

No evident life – threatening risk in the country. Current safety and security conditions are normal.

Trinidad and Tobago (Located within the Caribbean region)

1

None

Exercise normal precautions

No evident life – threatening risk in the country. Current safety and security conditions are normal.

United Kingdom

2

(T) - Terrorism

Exercise increased caution

Caution and vigilance are still encouraged in the country due to the numerous terrorist attacks in the continent the previous year.

03/06/2018

Travel Advisories for Intended International Travel Destinations

Travel Advisory: Afghanistan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: 4 – Do not travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), O (Other)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Afghanistan due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict. They warn that all areas of Afghanistan are unsafe to travel to due to elevated incidences of warfare military operations, hostage situations, kidnappings, suicide bombers, terrorist attacks, insurgent assaults, attacks with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and assaults with vehicle housed explosives.

Travel Advisory: Albania

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to exercise increased caution in Albania, despite being in the Level 1 rank, due to increased risk and high crime rates in some areas, particularly in the southern town of Lazarat.
Lazarat, a village in Gjirokaster County, in southern Albania, remains a risky destination for travelers since a major police operation launched in 2014 to combat drugs and marijuana cultivation in the area.
In case of emergency, the U.S. government will not be able to provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Lazarat, as U.S. government employees are not allowed to travel there.

Travel Advisory: Algeria

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism)

Due to the high risk of terrorism attacks, the U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to take extra caution when traveling to Algeria. Particular areas to avoid are places around the eastern and southern borders, and the Sahara Desert.
Due to terrorist and criminal activity, places within 31 miles of Tunisia and within 155 miles of the borders of Libya, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger should be avoided. Land travel in the Sahara Desert is not advisable due to known presence of terrorists and criminal groups.
With the present situation and the Algerian government restrictions, the U.S. government will have very limited opportunity for any support provision to U.S. citizens outside Algiers province.

Travel Advisory: Andorra

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The current security situation in Andorra is relatively safe. There are no particular risks or alerts raised in any part of the country. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise normal precautions when visiting Andorra.

Travel Advisory: Angola

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens visiting Angola to exercise normal precautions due to increasing crime rate in some urban areas. Typical crimes include armed robbery, assault, kidnapping, carjacking, and homicide.
The local police have limited resources to respond effectively and fully eradicate criminal operations in their area.

Travel Advisory: Anguilla

Date Issued: January 18, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): N (Natural Disaster)

The U.S. Department of State encourages U.S. citizens travelling to Anguilla to exercise increased caution due to the aftermath of a natural disaster.
Following Hurricane Irma’s wrath in September 2017, Anguilla is still in the process of rebuilding the affected areas in the country. Some establishments are still closed but communications systems, transport routes, and electricity have been restored.

Travel Advisory: Antarctica

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): O (Other)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the environmental hazards posed by the extreme and unpredictable weather conditions in Antarctica. Increased caution is advised as the U.S. government will not be able to provide emergency services to it citizens in the area.

Travel Advisory: Antigua and Barbuda

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions
Risk Indicator(s): N (Natural Disaster)

The U.S. State Department warns of the risks in the island of Barbuda due to the aftermath of a natural disaster. Hurricane Irma caused such extensive damage in the island when it hit in September 2017 that its residents were evacuated to Antigua.
Until present, many of Barbuda’s infrastructure are still being rehabilitated and electricity and clean running water are yet to be restored. Antigua, on the other hand, is intact and safe.

Travel Advisory: Argentina

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

There are no particular threats or risk in Argentina at present. U.S. citizen visiting Argentina are advised to exercises normal precaution necessary in any international travel.

Travel Advisory: Armenia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): O (Other)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the increased risk in some areas of Armenia due to the armed conflict present in the Nagorno and Karabakh territory. Intermittent gunfire, and presence of land mines and mortars have caused numerous deaths every year.
The territorial and ethnic conflict rose in the early 20th century between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Despite the ceasefire agreement signed in 1994, frustrations from both parties paved way to a four-day escalation in April 2016. Since then, hostilities and aggressions have resumed in the region.
Roads near the Armenia - Azerbaijan border should be avoided and with the U.S. government prohibited in traveling in the Nagorno - Karabakh region, they will be unable to give support to U.S. citizens traveling in the area.

Travel Advisory: Aruba

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

One of the four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is a fairly peaceful and safe destination for travelers. The U.S. Department of State encourages normal precautions to all U.S. citizen visiting Aruba.

Travel Advisory: Australia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State encourages U.S. citizens to exercise standard precautions when traveling in Australia.
Despite being the biggest in the Oceania region, Australia has remained a generally safe destination. It is one of the top countries ranked worldwide with regards safety and security.

Travel Advisory: Austria

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Austria is known to be one of the safest countries for foreign travelers; nonetheless, the U.S. State Department advises U.S. citizens to exercise normal precautions as in any international travel.

Travel Advisory: Azerbaijan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), O (Other)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens intending to travel to Azerbaijan to exercise increased caution due to the continuing conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The Armenia – Azerbaijan ethnic and territorial war has been going on since the beginning of the 20th century. Until present, the region and all areas surrounding the international border are unsafe to locals and foreigners alike. Casualty counts rise every year over year due to recurrent gunfire episodes and occasional use of artillery systems.
In case of emergency, the U.S. government will be unable to give any support or assistance to any citizen in need in the area, as U.S. government employees are restricted from travel to the region.

Travel Advisory: Bahrain

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Despite being in the level 1 ranks, the U.S. State Department advises U.S. citizens to be alert and use increased caution when visiting Bahrain due to heightened tension between the Sunni and Shia populations, as well as brewing conflict with neighbor country, Qatar. Protests and demonstrations regularly take place and can turn violent, at times.
On the other hand, the U.S. government has unrestricted access in the country enabling them to extend support to living and visiting U.S. citizens, if needed.

Travel Advisory: Bangladesh

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

The U.S. Department of State advises citizens to exercise extra caution in Bangladesh due to the heightened terrorism threats in the area and swelling crime rate such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, fraud, kidnapping, and assault.
Most dangerous areas are Dhaka, and southeast Bangladesh– comprising of Khagrachari, Rangamati, and Chittagong Hill tracts. Blockades and violent clashes from political demonstrations occur regularly and are likely to continue.
With the current situation, even U.S. government employees are under strict security guidelines to ensure their safety and security whilst in Bangladesh.

Travel Advisory: Barbados

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

There are no imminent threats observed for travelers in Barbados. The U.S. Department of State merely encourages regular precaution if traveling in the country.

Travel Advisory: Belarus

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department recommends U.S. citizens exercise normal precaution when traveling to Belarus. The country is reasonably safe and peaceful without any great risk on safety and security.

Travel Advisory: Belgium

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism)

Due to the numerous terrorist attacks in Belgium in 2017, the U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to exercise increased caution in the country. Attackscan happen anytime, and anywhere, especially in public and crowded spaces.
*The previous attacks were claimed by the Daesh group (formerly known as ISIL ).

Travel Advisory: Belize

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

Increased violent crime rates in Belize– such as sexual assault, armed robbery, and murder– prompted the U.S. government to raise safety and security alerts in the country. The U.S. State Department encourages U.S. citizens to be more vigilant and aware of their surroundings.
Particular areas to be mindful of are George Street and Kraal Road, as these are zones frequented by gangs that induce street violence and gun crimes. The local police have very limited resources to efficiently and timely respond to serious crime incidents.

Travel Advisory: Benin

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

U.S. citizens are warned of risks due increased crime. There are reports of robbery and theft in some urban areas of Benin including beaches, poorly lit streets, and alleys.

Travel Advisory: Bermuda

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department sees no particular threat for U.S. citizens traveling in Bermuda; although precautions are still advised.

Travel Advisory: Bhutan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Bhutan has remained a peaceful country over the years. The U.S. Department of State simply advises U.S. citizens to undertake standard international travel precautions if visiting Bhutan.
All travels to Bhutan must be arranged through an authorized travel agent for all nationalities except for Indian, Bangladesh, and Maldives nationals. Note that there are specific towns in which foreigners are allowed to enter and depart. Land transfers are accessible in Phuntsoling, Samdrup Jongkhar, and Gelephung; while by air is only through Paro.

Travel Advisory: Bolivia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

U.S. citizens are advised to exercise increased caution when visiting Bolivia. Disputes between local communities and sectors have increased demonstrations and illegal roadblocks in some parts of the country.

Travel Advisory: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Hurricanes Irma and Maria passed through the islands of Saba and Sint Eustatius in September 2017 but both islands have now been rehabilitated.
The U.S. Department of State advises to U.S. citizens to exercise standard travel precautions with regards visits to Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (BES). Note that the hurricane season in the Caribbean is usually between June to November.

Travel Advisory: Bosnia - Herzegovina

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T, O

The U.S. State Department warns its citizens of risks of terrorism and unexploded landmines in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Terrorists groups continue to plot attacks in the area. Unmarked landmines in the countryside and isolated mountain areas pose risk to locals and foreigners.
It is advised to stay on main roads and cleared paths, while avoiding abandoned buildings and establishments, and steering clear of war relics and unknown items.

Travel Advisory: Botswana

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Botswana manifests no evident threat on the safety and security of U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State encourages taking normal precautions when traveling in the country.

Travel Advisory: Brazil

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. State Department warns U.S. travelers in Brazil of safety risks due to high violent crime rates in many parts of the country. The most rampant crimes are armed robbery, carjacking, and murder. There is also a lot of gang activity in popular urban areas and favela districts.
Land travel along the borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay is not recommended, especially to foreigners.

Travel Advisory: British Virgin Islands

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): N (Natural Disaster)

After having been struck by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, the British Virgin Islands sustained extensive damage.
With that, the U.S. Department of State encourages U.S. citizens to reconsider travel in the islands. Aftermath of the natural disaster caused establishments and roads to become impassable- making goods transfers and intra-island travels difficult. Access to electricity, water, medicine, and food are still inadequate, to present.

Travel Advisory: Brunei

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Brunei remains one of the safest countries today. With low crime levels, and no recent history of terrorism, the U.S. Department of State simply advises U.S. citizens to take normal precaution when visiting Brunei.

Travel Advisory: Bulgaria

Date Issued: January 10. 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department encourages normal international travel precautions when traveling to Bulgaria. Although normally safe, refrain from showing signs of affluence. Avoid interaction with stray dogs; these dogs can be dangerous and have rabies.

Travel Advisory: Burkina Faso

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

Due to widespread crime and terrorism, the U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to take increased caution when visiting Burkina Faso. It is particularly not advisable to go to the northern Sahel border region that is being shared with Niger and Mali because of potential kidnappings carried out by terrorist groups.
Given the current situation, the U.S. government has limited ability to give support and assistance to U.S. citizens, especially in isolated and rural areas, in case of emergency. Even U.S. government officials have restrictions with regards to travel within the country. The Dori and Djibo routes are restricted, as these cities are connected to the confined north regions, and travels to Parc National du W requires armed escort.

Travel Advisory: Burma

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

Civil unrest and land mines in various parts of the country currently plagues Burma.
The U.S. Department of State advises citizens to exercise increased caution if traveling in the country– especially in the towns of Maungdaw, Buthitaung, and Rathedaung within the Rakhine State, and the states of Kachine, Shan, and Chin.
Armed clashes in these ethnic states remain volatile and have caused a number of injuries to civilians due to landmines and unexploded artillery scattered in the affected areas.

Travel Advisory: Burundi

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), O (Others)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against any travel to Burundi, unless necessary, due to the country’s current political condition and increasing crime rate.
The 3rd inauguration of President Nkurunziza in August 2015 has elicited civil unrest, demonstrations, and armed violence throughout the country; including targeted political and military assassinations.
Areas to steer clear of are the districts within 1km of its border with the Republic of Congo, the Ruvubu National Park, Cibitoke and Bubanza provinces, roads north of Bujumba airport, and west from Kayanza through Kibira National Park.
Political tension is ongoing and safety could deteriorate more without any chance of forewarning.

Travel Advisory: Cabo Verde

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Cabo Verde is considered a safe country to travel to; nonetheless, the U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to take standard precaution as essential to any international travel.

Travel Advisory: Cambodia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), O (Others)

The U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens traveling in Cambodia of the increase in cases of opportunistic crimes, such as robberies and theft in the country. Increased caution is greatly advised.
In addition, landmine threats are imminent in isolated and remote areas of Siem Reap, Pailin, Kampong Thom, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, and Pursat.

Travel Advisory: Cameroon

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

The U.S. State Department advises its citizens to take extra caution when traveling to Cameroon due to concerns of Terrorism and increasing crime levels in the country.
Tensions within the country and its surrounding countries make travel in the region very risky at the moment. Clashes between demonstrators and the Cameroonian security in the last quarter of 2017 have prompted curfews across the country and a nationwide ban on public meetings.
People are cautioned to avoid the Mayo-Louti Department and all northern districts of Cameroon because of threats and potential attacks from extremist group, Boko Haram. Borders with Chad, Nigeria, and Central African Republic (CAR), the east, and Adamawa Regions are all also dangerous.

Travel Advisory: Canada

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State sees no imminent threats for U.S. citizens who intends to travel to Canada. Standard travel precaution is advised.

Travel Advisory: Cayman Islands

Date Issued: January 10 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department perceives no heightened risks on the safety and security of U.S. citizens visiting the Cayman Islands. Citizens are advised to exercise normal precautions when traveling.

Travel Advisory: Central African Republic (CAR)

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 4 – Do Not Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest)

Civil unrest encloses the Central African Republic. The U.S. State Department advises against all travel in the country as the majority of it is now controlled by armed groups who inflict harm to civilians.
In January 2015, numerous cases of kidnappings of government officials and humanitarian workers had been reported. Tensions have since remained high across the country.

Travel Advisory: Chad

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), O (Others)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of terrorism and high levels of crime in Chad. Any unnecessary travel in the country should be avoided at the moment.
Existing conflict between Chad and the extremist group Boko Haram, together with the situation and stance in the conflict of its neighbor countries (Libya, Niger, Sudan, and CAR) have increased chances of terrorism attacks within Chad.
A lot of violent crimes have been reported, as well as deaths due to the minefields lined along the country’s borders with Sudan and Libya. There is also the likeliness of borders in the region closing without prior notice, trapping locals and foreigners in the conflicting territories.

Travel Advisory: Chile

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

No known issues threaten the safety and security of U.S. citizens wanting to visit Chile. The U.S. State Department advises vigilance and normal precaution while traveling.

Travel Advisory: China

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): O (Others)

The U.S. Department of State requests U.S. citizens to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting China due to special cases of restraint being imposed on U.S. nationals, especially US-Chinese dual citizens
Cases of arbitrary local law enforcement and forced ‘exit bans’ to U.S. citizens have been increasing; compelling Americans and their family or colleagues to cooperate with the demands of the Chinese government and agree on court order settlements.
They have also detained, interrogated, and deported U.S. citizens visiting or residing in China due to accusations of threatening “state security”.
China also disregard the U.S. government’s right and authority to assist dual US-Chinese citizens in any of these special circumstances.

Travel Advisory: Colombia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

U.S. citizens are advised to take extra caution in Colombia due to swelling crime rates and threats of terrorism in a lot of the major cities of the country.
Although it is possible to travel safely in Colombia, some districts to reconsider travel to are Norte de Santander (except Cucuta), Choco (except Nuqui), Causa (except Popayan), Nariño (except Pasto and Ipiales), Meta (except Villavicencio and Caño Cristales), Arauca, and areas within 20km of the border with Venezuela, as well as Panama.
The presence of armed groups, like the National Liberation Army (ELN) and Grupos Armados Organizados (GAO), pose extreme danger especially to tourists as they incessantly execute bombings, kidnappings, extortion, and robbery; resulting in numerous deaths and injuries.
On January 9, 2018, the temporary ceasefire agreement between the Colombian government and ELN ended. The ELN has since renewed its attacks and threats throughout Colombia and the government has not signed a peace agreement.

Travel Advisory: Comoros

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department advises its citizens to take normal precautions when visiting the Union of the Comoros. The country is fairly safe but concerns on unsafe public transports and poor road conditions must be kept in mind.

Travel Advisory: Congo-Brazzaville (ROC)

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

U.S. citizens should take extra caution when traveling to the Republic of Congo because of increasing levels of crime, civil unrest, and ongoing concerns in some of its neighbor countries.
The U.S. Department of State warns against any unnecessary travel in the Pool Department – Ngabe district, and Likouala region which is 50 km of the border shared with the Central African Republic (CAR).

Travel Advisory: Congo-Kinshasa (DRC)

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

The U.S. State Department advises U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, especially in the eastern region, the three Kasai provinces (Kasaï, Kasaï Central, Kasaï Oriental), and the provinces near the border with Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan.
Violent crimes, demonstrations, and surprise attacks by armed groups have incited the DRC government to take serious actions, including heavy–handed tactics, increase in military, and checkpoints in many parts of the country.
Poor road and transport conditions in Kinshasa may restrict the U.S. government in providing aid to its citizens in case of emergency.

Travel Advisory: Costa Rica

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), N (Natural Disaster)

U.S. citizens are warned of widespread crimes of theft, pickpocketing, and bag snatching throughout Costa Rica. With that, the U.S. State Department encourages its citizens to exercise increased caution in the country, especially in Limon, Liberia, San Rafael, and San Jose.
Natural disasters also trouble Costa Rica given its geographical location; therefore, hurricane seasons, weather, and climate conditions should be checked before travel. Hurricanes in Costa Rica usually happen from May to November.

Travel Advisory: Cote d’Ivoire

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

The U.S. Department of State recommends U.S. citizens take increased caution in Cote d’Ivoire. Crimes of home invasion, carjacking, robbery, as well as terrorism threats, and insecurity in neighboring countries like Liberia and Burkina Faso distress the Ivory Coast.
The U.S. government may have difficulties providing support to Americans in the country in case of emergency as it has restricted capabilities outside Abidjan.

Travel Advisory: Croatia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department sees no risk to the safety and security of its citizens in Croatia. Normal travel precautions are advised.

Travel Advisory: Cuba

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): H (Health)

The U.S. government strongly warns its citizens regarding any travel to Cuba due to recent attacks on the health of U.S. Embassy Havana employees. A notable number of the embassy’s personnel in Havana have suffered from illness and discomforts of hearing loss, headaches, visual impairment, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue after the attacks.
Source of the attacks are still unknown. Some of the U.S. government employees stationed in Cuba have been ordered to return to America together with their families for their safety. Therefore, U.S. citizens intending to vacation may be at risk and advised to reconsider travel.

Travel Advisory: Curacao

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State considers Curacao a safe destination for U.S. citizens. Normal travel precautions are encouraged while traveling.

Travel Advisory: Cyprus

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Cyprus poses no foreseen danger on the safety and security of U.S. citizens; therefore, the U.S. Department of State simply advises exercising normal travel precautions to its citizens.

Travel Advisory: Czech Republic

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

U.S. citizens may confidently visit the Czech Republic. The country shows no probably danger on their safety and security so the U.S. State Department advises normal precautions when traveling.

Travel Advisory: Denmark

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism)

Denmark is generally a safe country; however, due to the heightened threat of Terrorism in the continent, the U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to exercise extra caution when visiting.

Travel Advisory: Djibouti

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Djibouti alone does not present any threat to the safety of traveling U.S. citizens, however, the country remains one of the chief routes used by refugees leaving conflicted Yemen. The U.S. State Department advises its people to exercise increased caution and avoid areas close to the border.

Travel Advisory: Dominican Republic

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. Department of State warns its citizens of the increasing crime rate in the Dominican Republic. The stress-free access to firearms, and illicit drug trades, adds to the increase in crimes of theft, robbery, sexual attacks, and murder in the country. High degree of caution is advised in any visit to Dominican Republic.

Travel Advisory: Dominica

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): N (Natural Disaster)

Dominica is still rehabilitating from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Some areas of the country still lack access to basic necessities such as food, medicine, water, electricity. With that, the U.S. State Department advises its citizens to reconsider travel in Dominica.

Travel Advisory: Ecuador

Date Issued: January 10. 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of any travel to Ecuador’s northern border with Colombia because of rampant crimes targeting foreigners. The entire northern strip of the border is deemed dangerous except for the crossing border town of Tulcan.

Travel Advisory: Egypt

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

Increased caution is highly advised to U.S. citizens due to increasing terrorism threats and civil unrest in Egypt.
Areas to watch out for and avoid, if possible, are the Sinai Peninsula, the Western Desert, and its border areas with Libya and Sudan.

Travel Advisory: El Salvador

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. State Department requests U.S. citizens intending to travel to El Salvador reconsider their plan, as widespread crime in the country threatens their safety. Different kinds of crimes– ranging from extortion, armed robbery, assault, rape, narcotics, arms trafficking, to murder- pester locals and foreigners; regrettably the local police force don’t have enough resources to provide fast and effective responses.

Travel Advisory: Equatorial Guinea

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Most visits to Equatorial Guinea are peaceful and safe. The U.S. Department of State only advises U.S. citizens to take normal precautions during their trip.

Travel Advisory: Eritrea

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): O (Others)

Eritrea’s current political condition threatens the country and its visitor’s safety and security. The U.S. State Department advises its citizens to take increased caution if in the area, or reconsider travel, if planning to visit Eritrea.
Presence of landmines in the remote areas, and restrictions on travel and consular assistance make it extra risky for non-locals. The Eritrean government also occasionally blocks access to foreign nationals in custody. If so, the U.S. government will not be notified or allowed contact with its citizen if detained.

Travel Advisory: Estonia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Most visits to Estonia are trouble-free. Threats however cannot be completely ruled out so the U.S. government requests U.S. citizens exercise normal precaution when overseas.

Travel Advisory: Ethiopia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

The U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens of the risks of Terrorism, Crime, Civil Unrest, and Disruptions in Communication throughout Ethiopia.
Conflicts and unrest in its neighbor countries–Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Yemen–encloses Ethiopia. All borders are regarded dangerous districts and should be avoided. Critical sites are the Somali region, East Hararge, Danakil Depression, and all border areas.
The web of conflicted countries gives the U.S. government very limited access and ability to provide complete support to its people in case of emergency. With the occasional shut down and arbitrary restrictions in communication services, Americans are suggested to reconsider travel to Ethiopia and push only if the trip is essential.

Travel Advisory: Fiji

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Normal precaution for any overseas trip is advised to U.S. citizens traveling to Fiji. Over the years, Fiji has remained a peaceful destination posing no threats in the safety of its visitors.

Travel Advisory: Finland

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State sees no threat in the safety of its citizens planning on visiting Finland; nevertheless, regular precautions are advised.

Travel Advisory: France

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s):

Due to the recent terrorist attacks in the country and continent in the past years, the U.S. State Department encourages its citizens to exercise vigilance and high degree of caution when visiting. Public and populated areas or events should be avoided as much as possible, as terrorists are still likely to execute another attack without any warning.

Travel Advisory: French Guiana

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

With no history of any terrorist attack, low crime levels, and no devastating natural disasters, French Guiana poses no imminent threat to U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State advises normal precaution when traveling in the country.

Travel Advisory: French Polynesia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State sees no possible threat in the safety and security of Americans who wish to travel in French Polynesia. Standard overseas travel precaution is advised.

Travel Advisory: French West Indies

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): N (Natural Disaster)

The French West Indies is normally a beautiful and peaceful island. The U.S. State Department currently sees no threat in the safety and security of its citizens in visiting.
However, it is advised that U.S. citizens pay attention to the weather condition of the French West Indies before heading to it. As part of the Caribbean, it is frequently visited by typhoons and hurricanes.

Travel Advisory: Gabon

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to exercise increased caution in Gabon. The results of its presidential election in 2016 has shaken the Gabonese government and prompted demonstrations and violent clashes.
Political stability is still a concern at present on top of increasing crime rates in some areas, especially in Libreville and Port Gentil.

Travel Advisory: Georgia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

Georgia is generally calm. The protests and demonstrations that occasionally occur are usually policed but the U.S. State Department advises its citizens to exercise sensible caution when visiting the country. Steer clear of any protest and be vigilant in public and dark areas to avoid crimes like robbery and rape. Also avoid remote areas for risk of landmines.

Travel Advisory: Germany

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism)

Increased security has been placed in Germany due to threats of terrorism in the continent.
The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise high level of vigilance and caution when visiting Germany. Avoid public areas as this is where attacks are likely to be carried out.
The attacks in 2016 had been linked to the Daesh extremist group and the German government has effectively disrupted a number of other planned attacks in the country.

Travel Advisory: Ghana

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. State Department encourages U.S. citizens to take normal precaution when visiting Ghana due to the increasing crime rate in the country. Crimes of theft have been reported numerous times, even at airports and hotels. Be mindful of your valuables and ensure that all important documents are secure.
Other areas of the country that should be avoided are some districts in the Upper East and West, Northern, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, and Volta.

Travel Advisory: Greece

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Visits in Greece are mostly peaceful, nonetheless, the U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to take appropriate precautions to enhance personal safety overseas.

Travel Advisory: Grenada

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State sees no potential threat to the safety and security of its citizens in visiting Grenada. Cases of petty crimes cannot be ruled out therefore, U.S. citizens are advised to take sensible precaution when traveling.

Travel Advisory: Guatemala

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. State Department warns its citizens of the risks of travel to Guatemala due to widespread crime in the country.
In 2015, Guatemala had one of the highest crime levels in South America with about 5,718 reported violent deaths within the year. Crimes typically occur in the border region and range from armed robbery, extortion, and drug trafficking, to sexual assault, carjacking, and murder.

Travel Advisory: Guinea

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Guinea currently poses no threat in the safety and security of U.S. citizens who plan to visit the country. The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise normal precautions during their trip, especially if it will be during the local elections period set to occur this year, 2018. Previous elections have been laced with violence causing numerous casualties.

Travel Advisory: Guinea-Bissau

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. State Department advises its citizens to reconsider travel plans in Guinea-Bissau due to crime and civil unrest.
Guinea–Bissau has been experiencing political instability for years now, aggravating poverty in the country and provoking theft crimes. These crimes are usually pointed at foreigners in public and crowded areas, like the markets and airport.

Travel Advisory: Guyana

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

Increased caution is advised to U.S. citizens planning on visiting Guyana due to its high crime levels. Robbery and murder are the most rampant; with foreigners as the usual targets. Avoid to and from airport travels in the wee hours of the night, as most reported incidents happen during those hours.

Travel Advisory: Haiti

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest)

The U.S. Department of State warns its citizens of travel risks in Haiti due to crime and civil unrest. The country’s general security condition is very unpredictable and crime levels have been increasing since last year. The most usual crime is armed robbery aimed at foreigners. With that, U.S. citizens are advised to reconsider travel to the country.

Travel Advisory: Honduras

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

U.S. citizens are encouraged to reconsider travel in Honduras due to widespread crime in the country. The increasing crime rate is connected with the country’s long term struggle with poverty that is still plaguing the country.
Crimes of theft, assault, and narcotics are the most rampant. Regrettably the local police force has very limited resources to fight back and respond effectively to crime cases.

Travel Advisory: Hong Kong

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to exercise ordinary safety measures when visiting Hong Kong. Crime rate is normally low but petty street crimes of pickpocketing take place once in a while.

Travel Advisory: Hungary

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

There is no grave threat on the safety and security of U.S. citizens planning to visit Hungary. The country is usually peaceful but occasional protests occur, especially close to national holidays where crimes like theft, extortion, and scams take place in public areas. With those, the U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise sensible caution to ensure their safety while exploring the country.

Travel Advisory: Iceland

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Iceland is considered a safe country to travel to. The U.S. State Department encourages its citizens to take standard precautions to avoid hiccups on their trip.

Travel Advisory: India

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

Elevated caution is advised to U.S. citizens who have plans to travel to India due to numerous risk factors to their safety and security. Crime and terrorism are the two main concerns, as they tend to incite other safety concerns in the country.
Many areas should be avoided, such as the states of Kashmir and Jammu, vicinity of the India-Pakistan border, and India–Myanmar border, as civil unrest and armed conflicts are most likely to occur in these regions.
Note that there is an active terrorist group in East Central India. The U.S. government has limited capabilities to administer support to U.S. citizens in the rural and remote areas in the East.

Travel Advisory: Indonesia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), O (Others)

The U.S. State Department encourages U.S. citizens traveling to Indonesia to exercise a high degree of caution due to threats of terrorism and insurgency. Papua and Central Sulawesi regions are currently in disarray due to constant civil unrest and acts of violence.

Travel Advisory: Iran

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 4: Do Not Travel
Risk Indicator(s): O (Others)

The U.S. government and Iran do not have any diplomatic relation and agreements. A lot of random arrests and detentions of U.S. citizens being charged with espionage have been reported in the past years and have continued until present. The U.S. government has no access and influence within the country. The U.S. is dependent on Switzerland as its protecting power in cases of emergency. However, the Iranian government also imposes constraints on Switzerland with regards to its assistance to U.S. citizens in their territory.
With that, the U.S. Department of State discourages any travel in Iran.

Travel Advisory: Iraq

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 4: Do Not Travel
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), O (Others)

Due to heavy threats of terrorism, the U.S. State Department advises against all travel to Iraq. The safety and security of U.S. citizens in the country are in grave risk as extremists and terrorist groups are actively and continuously plotting attacks of gunfire, improvised explosives (IED), and kidnapping across Iraq.
The country’s condition has been volatile for a while and is not likely to calm any time soon; hence warnings should be taken seriously and if the travel is essential (despite the situation), be alert, vigilant, and avoid the most agitated areas (like Anbar, Salah-Al-Din, and Ninewa province).
The U.S. government has very little control and ability in Iraq and will have a difficult time aiding U.S. citizens in the area.

Travel Advisory: Ireland

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State sees no serious threat for U.S. citizens in visiting Ireland. The country has very low crime rate and no history of terrorism attacks. Practical overseas precautions are advised to better ensure personal safety.

Travel Advisory: Israel, The West Bank, and Gaza

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

Increased caution is advised to all U.S. citizens traveling to Israel due to substantial threats of terrorism. Areas to avoid are the West Bank, Gaza strip, and border regions with Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt; as these are where terrorist activities, armed conflicts, and kidnappings are most likely to happen.
The cities on the other hand are disturbed by insurgencies; demonstrations, and protests that usually end violently, injuring both picketers and bystanders.
The government of the United States has no ability to provide aid and support to Americans in Gaza, given the current situation.

Travel Advisory: Italy

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism)

Due to the recent terrorist attacks in Europe, the U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to exercise increased caution in Italy as further attacks are still likely to ensue. If possible, avoid public and crowded areas such as tourist attractions, bars, cafes, churches, and plazas.

Travel Advisory: Jamaica

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. State Department encourages increased caution when traveling in Jamaica as all types of crimes are big in the country– from petty theft, bag-snatching, and pickpocketing to home invasion, sexual assault, and homicide.
Avoid travels to the dangerous areas such as Kingston, Montego Bay, and Spanish Town.
Note that the Jamaican government has recently declared a state of emergency for St. James Parish and the situation is still yet to stabilize.

Travel Advisory: Japan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

With low crime levels and no recent history of terrorist attacks, the U.S. State Department sees no threats to the safety and security of its citizens when visiting Japan. Normal precaution is advised to ensure personal security.

Travel Advisory: Jordan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), O (Others)

Terrorism and insurgencies within and around Jordan pose and enormous threat on the safety of U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution if visiting Jordan; or if possible, avoid all unnecessary travel to the country, especially near the borders shared with Iraq and Syria.

Travel Advisory: Kazakhstan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Kazakhstan is a safe destination for U.S. citizens. The U.S. State Department simply advise that Americans to be vigilant and take apt steps to improve personal safety.

Travel Advisory: Kenya

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

Increased caution is recommended with regards any travel to Kenya due to the threats of terrorism and high crime rate. Crimes vary from mugging, armed robbery, home invasion, to kidnapping.
Until present, the situation around the Kenya–Somalia border continues to be volatile, on top of the incessant threats from extremist groups connected to Al Shabaab.

Travel Advisory: Kiribati

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Kiribati’s current condition presents no threat to the safety and security of U.S. citizens, standard precautions when traveling overseas is advised.

Travel Advisory: Kosovo

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest)

The U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens of the threats of terrorism and civil unrest in Kosovo. Increased caution is advised especially in high alert areas such as Zvecan, Zubin Potok, Leposavic, and the northern part of Mitrovica, because of inter-ethnic and political violence.

Travel Advisory: Kuwait

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), O (Others)

Increasing crime rates as well as unexploded bombs and landmines compromise the safety and security of travelers in Kuwait. The U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to take sensible caution when visiting the country. Avoid the desert region close to the border with Iraq and northwest of Kuwait City–Al Jahra, as well as Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh.

Travel Advisory: Kyrgyzstan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

There are no foreseen risks to U.S. travelers’ personal safety in Kyrgyzstan. The U.S. Department of State advises exercising normal precaution as with any international travel.

Travel Advisory: Laos

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

The U.S. Department of State encourages U.S. citizens to exercise heightened degree of caution when traveling to Laos due to ongoing concerns on civil unrest, crimes, and unexploded munitions.
Crimes of scams and banditry infest the cities, while unexploded bombs are prevalent in the remote areas of Xieng Khouang, Saravane, Savannakhet, Sekong, Champassak, Khammouane, Houaphan, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, and Attapeu provinces; as well as Routes 7 and 9 heading to the Vietnam border, and Route 20 to Savane.

Travel Advisory: Latvia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Most visits in Latvia are peaceful; hence, the U.S. Department of State perceives no threat in the safety of its citizens planning on visiting Latvia. Regular precautions are advised to ensure personal safety overseas.

Travel Advisory: Lebanon

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), O (Others)

Lebanon’s current situation is very unstable and unsafe to both locals and foreigners. The U.S. State Department advises citizens to reconsider all travels to Lebanon due to widespread crime, terrorism, and armed conflicts across the country.
Particular regions to avoid are Bekaa Valley, the northern part of Beirut–Damascus highway, south of the Litani River, Lebanon’s borders with Syria and Israel, and refugee settlements near it.
The U.S. government has a very limited authority in Lebanon and is arbitrarily denied access in the country. Such events constrain aid to any U.S. citizens caught in serious situations in Lebanon.
Lebanon’s condition is deteriorating fast with demonstrations and crimes of kidnapping, home invasion, and theft being very common in many areas of the country; all on top of potential terrorist attacks that may occur anytime without warning.

Travel Advisory: Lesotho

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Most trips to Lesotho are peaceful; however, the U.S. Department of State still recommends U.S. citizens exercise extra caution due to ongoing political tension and occasional protests in Maseru, capital of Lesotho.

Travel Advisory: Liberia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. State Department warns its citizens of high crime levels in the capital city. The most common is armed robbery in public areas, in the metro, and on the beaches. The Liberian police force doesn’t have the assets and ability to respond to crimes effectively so high degree of caution is necessary when traveling in Liberia.
U.S. citizens should be alert and mindful of their belongings; especially in crowded areas.

Travel Advisory: Libya

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 4: Do Not Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

The U.S. Department of State discourages U.S. citizens from traveling to Libya regardless of any possible reason due to the country’s very volatile state. High levels of crime, terrorism, political tension, and civil unrest badgers the entire country; endangering both locals and foreigners’ safety and security. Some attacks are particularly aimed at Westerners and U.S. citizens.
Extremists and terrorist groups like the Daesh, Ansar al-Sharia, and Al Qaeda are very active and have taken control of most of the country. Crossfires are regular occurrences, as are demonstrations, and kidnap for ransom cases.
The U.S. government’s ability to give consular assistance to U.S. citizens in Libya is extremely restricted since the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli has suspended operations in July 2014.

Travel Advisory: Lithuania

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

With low crime rates and no previous history of terrorist attacks, Lithuania is a safe destination for U.S. citizens. The U.S. State Department only suggests that Americans visiting Lithuania exercise standard travel precaution to ensure personal safety abroad.

Travel Advisory: Luxembourg

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State perceives no imminent threat on the safety of U.S. citizens visiting Luxembourg. The country has always remained peaceful, with low crime levels, and no history of terrorism threats, civil unrest, or severe natural disasters. Normal safety precaution is advised to all Americans traveling in the area.

Travel Advisory: Macau

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Macao is one of China’s Special Administrative Regions (SAR) with low crime levels and no history of any terrorist attacks; therefore, the U.S. government has no concerns with regards their citizens visiting the country. Normal overseas precaution is advised.

Travel Advisory: Macedonia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Standard overseas precaution is advised to U.S. citizens traveling to Macedonia. Although normally a peaceful country, tensions in neighbors Kosovo and Serbia pose a slight threat to Macedonians and visitors, especially in regions around the border with those countries.

Travel Advisory: Madagascar

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to take a high degree of caution in Madagascar due to rising political instability and crime rate.
Since the grenade attack during the country’s Independence Day in 2016, the political climate had been fragile and crimes of robbery, break-ins, kidnappings, and assault of locals and visitors, especially in high-traffic tourist areas like Nosy Be, Toamasina, Antananarivo, Mahajanga, Montagne d’Ambre National Parks, Ankaran, Isalo, Tolagnaro, Routes 7 and 27, and Beach Batterie.

Travel Advisory: Malawi

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): U (Civil Unrest)

U.S. citizens are advised to increase caution in Malawi due to civil unrest over the recent violent incidents in Mt. Mulanje. Some areas also should be avoided because of petty crimes of pickpocketing, mugging, and bag-snatching targeting tourists on Kenya Drive, the capital, and old town.
There is also a potential unrest looming due to the “bloodsuckers” episodes in September 2017. Five men suspected of being vampires were killed by a mob on two separate occasions. One of the five was set on fire while another was stoned to death. Demonstrations fueled by fear against the unknown in the South African nation have led to 9 deaths and 140 arrests, thus far.

Travel Advisory: Malaysia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

Due to threats of criminality and terrorism, the U.S. State Department advises U.S. citizens to exercise high degree of caution especially in the east coast of Sabah, north of Kudat, Pom Pom, Mabul, Sipadan, Mataking, and Lankayan.
Information on a possible terrorist attack and tourist kidnappings executed by the Abu Sayyaf group was received by the Philippine government in May 2017 that concerns the island of Sulu in the country and Malaysia’s Sabah.
The U.S. government has restricted capacity to aid its citizens in the Sabah region, hence, travel to the area must be avoided as much as possible.

Travel Advisory: Maldives

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism)

A potential terrorist attack threatens the Maldives’ peaceful disposition. Public and crowded places such as government buildings, churches, schools, airports, commercial centers, and tourist areas are advised to be avoided. The U.S. State Departments encourages its citizens to take extra caution when visiting Maldives.
Note that the government of Maldives has recently declared a 15-day state of emergency due to growing political tension in the country; protests and rallies plague the capital, Male.

Travel Advisory: Mali

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 4: Do Not Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

The U.S. Department of State warns its citizens of the serious risk of crime and terrorism in Mali and advises against all travel to the country. Violent crimes are particularly common during holidays, and terrorist groups are likely to execute bombing and kidnapping without warning. Most attacks are targeted towards foreigners to send a message and collect ransom. Areas to be avoided are Kidal, Tombouctou, Gao and Mopti, Kayes, Segou, and Koulikoro.
With Mali’s current overall condition, the U.S. government has very limited resources in the region to provide quick and efficient assistance to its citizens.

Travel Advisory: Malta

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

There is no particular threat to the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Malta; however, normal precautions is still advised by the U.S. government due to the recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

Travel Advisory: Marshall Islands

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State sees no threat to the safety of its citizens planning to travel to Marshall Islands. Standard overseas precaution is advised to ensure personal safety at all times.

Travel Advisory: Mauritania

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

Mauritania’s situation is becoming increasingly volatile due to increasing crime and threats of terrorism in the country. The U.S. State Department encourages its citizens to reconsider all travel to Mauritania for their own safety and security.
Crimes such as assault, robbery, and mugging are very common even in public areas and kidnapping cases have increased around Mauritania’s borders with Sahara and Mali.
Foreign visitors, particularly Westerners, are the terrorists’ preferred targets and hostages are often detained for several months until the hostage takers decide how to move forward in promoting their cause.
Specific parts of Mauritania that should be avoided are Adrar, Tiris Zemmour, Hodh el Chargui, Assaba, Guidimakha, Hodh el Gharbi, Nouakchott, the Western Sahara border, and the one shared with Mali.

Travel Advisory: Mauritius

Date Issued: January 18, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Exercise normal safety precautions while in Mauritius. The U.S. Department of State sees no severe risk to U.S. citizens’ safety in visiting the country but guard should not be completely down, especially overseas.

Travel Advisory: Mexico

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

Very high degree of caution is advised to all U.S. citizens planning to travel to Mexico due to the elevated crime rate in the country.
Usual crimes include carjacking, theft, assaults, drug-trafficking, kidnapping, and homicide. The local police force’s incapacity to respond efficiently and effectively due to lack of resources and support from the government contributes to the country’s low arrest and detention rate.
There are also the occasional roadblocks, insurgencies, and gang wars to look out for in many cities of the country.
The steady increase in crime and violence throughout Mexico threatens the safety and security of locals and tourists. The gravity of the threat depends on which part of Mexico a person is in.
In general, areas to sidestep from are the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. The severity and spread of violent crime in these states garnered it a Level 4 rank, despite the overall Level 2 ranking of the country.
The U.S. government’s authority and ability to provide emergency support to its citizens in Mexico are very limited due to the restrictions posed to their officials by the Mexican government.
Mexican states that are given Level 2 rank in the new U.S. Travel Advisory Safety and Security Dashboard are:

Aguascalientes: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

-Increased caution is advised to U.S. citizens traveling to Aguascalientes due to the states’ steady crime rate. U.S. government employees are currently prohibited from traveling at night and visiting clubs and casinos in the state. The U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to do the same to better ensure their safety and security.

Baja California State: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

-Homicide is the most common crime in Baja California state. The most recent Pubic Security report released by the Baja California State Secretariat stated that the homicide rate in this Mexican state is progressively increasing compared to its reported rate the previous year.

Although reports show that the increase is mostly targeted and is executed by and against rival criminal groups, the fights occur in areas frequented by foreigners; hence, many bystanders have been affected by the attacks.

Baja California Sur State: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

-The Baja California Sur state in not in the U.S. government travel restrictions list, but the U.S. Department of State encourages U.S. citizens to exercise increased caution when visiting due to the state’s steady high crime level.

Campeche State: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

-Extra caution is advised to U.S. citizens in Campeche. Crime continues to disrupt peace in the state and the local police does not have the capacity to respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations.

Chiapas State: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

-Widespread crime in the Chiapas state threatens the safety and security of U.S. citizens visiting or living in the area.

The U.S. government has ordered restrictions to its employees to only travel during daylight and not to use public transportation. There are still no travel restrictions for U.S. government employees within the state but they are advised to remain in tourist areas as much as possible.

Guanajuato: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

-Increased caution is advised to all U.S. citizens in the Guanajuato state. Crime continue to persist and impact locals and foreigners alike.

Oaxaca: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

-The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to take a high degree of caution in the Mexican Oaxaca state. Crime is steadily increasing in this region and the police force has limited capacity to respond effectively.

U.S. government employees in Oaxaca are advised not to travel using public transports and through Highway 200, El Istmo region, west of Highway 190, and the Chiapas – Oaxaca border.

Quintana Roo: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

-High degree of caution is advised for any travel to the Quintana Roo state of Mexico due to widespread crime. Homicide is the most common in the area, contributing to the overall increase in homicide cases in Mexico last year.

Other Level 2 Mexican states that has no travel restrictions for U.S. employees are Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Yucatán, Hidalgo, Mexico City, Puebla, and Queretaro.

Level 3 Mexican States:

Chihuahua State: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-The U.S. State Department advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to the Mexican state of Chihuahua due to prevalent gang activities and crime.

Some travel restrictions were set for U.S. government employees within the area to better ensure their safety and security.

Ciudad Juárez

-U.S. government employees are advised to refrain from traveling at night especially to south Boulevard Zaragoza and Independencia, west Eje Juan Gabriel, and Valle de Juárez.

Chihuahua City Center

-Area restrictions within the city of Chihuahua are Zapata, Morelos, and Villa districts.

Ojinaga

-U.S. citizens are only advised to travel to the Texas port of entry from Presidio, Mexico through U.S. Highway 67.

Palomas and the Nuevo Casas Grandes/ Paquimé región

-U.S. citizens are only advised to travel to the Columbus, New Mexico port of entry via U.S. Highway 11.

Nuevo Casas Grandes

-U.S. government employees are restricted to traveling only during daylight in the area, especially outside the city limits.

Durango: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-The U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens of the heightened risks in Durango due violent crime and gang activity in the area. Travel restrictions were imposed on U.S. government employees in the area to ensure their safety during deployment.

Main restrictions are: U.S. employees should remain in Durango from 1 am until 6am and travels outside the city proper should be done only in the day.

Coahuila State: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to reconsider travel in Coahuila State due to widespread violent crime.

U.S. government employees in the area were given strict instructions with regards travel within the state. The only districts they’re allowed travel to are Bosques de Monterreal, Parras de la Fuente, and Saltillo. All travel must be after 6 am and through the most direct routes possible. Travels to Ciudad Acuna and Piedras Negras are only allowed from the United States.

The local police force does not have sufficient resources to respond to crimes effectively, especially in the north of the state where the situation is more strained.

Estado de Mexico State: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-Violent crimes are very common in Estado de Mexico, and U.S. citizens are encouraged to reconsider all travel to this area. U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling within the state particularly through the Morelos, Santa Martha, Huitzilac, and Lagunas de Zempoala National Park routes.

Other travels within state to Coacalco, La Paz, Solidaridad, Chalco, Tlatlaya, Ixtapaluca, Valle de Chalco, Nezahualcóyotl, and Ecatepec are only allowed through main roads.

Jalisco: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-The U.S. State Department advises its citizens to reconsider travel to Jalisco due to the prevalent gang activity and violent crime in many parts of the state.

U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling after dark especially to the Zacatecas and Michoacan border areas, and from using Highway 80.

Morelos: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-Gang activities and violent crimes threaten the safety and security of locals and foreigners in Morelos. The U.S. government advises against any unnecessary travel to the state for U.S. citizens, with travel restrictions on the Huitzilac to Santa Martha, Estado de México, and Lagunas de Zempoala National Park roads for U.S. government employees.

Nayarit: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-The state of Nayarit is troubled by violent gangs that endanger the safety of people in the area. U.S. citizens are advised to reconsider travel in this Mexican state. U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling in most areas except for Xalisco, Santa María del Oro, and Riviera Nayarit. Any travel should be via major thoroughfares and before dark.

Nuevo Leon: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-Travel reconsideration is advised to all U.S. citizens planning to visit Nuevo Leon, Mexico due to widespread gang activity and crime in the area. U.S. government employees are given travel restrictions as well, prohibiting them from traveling before 6 am and after dark.

San Luis Potosi: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to reconsider travel to San Luis Potosi due to high violent crime rate and relentless gang activity.

U.S. government employees in the area are prohibited from traveling outside the city limits between 1am and 6am, while all travels should be done in daylight and via main roads.

Sonora: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-U.S. citizens are advised to reconsider travel in Sonora due to the high level of crime. Crime and violence in Sonora revolve around the drug trade and human trafficking.

U.S. government employees are restricted from travel to the north of Altar, east of Sonoyta, west of Nogales, and south of Hermosillo. All travel should be done in the day through the main streets, and avoiding the districts along the Chihuahua state border.

Zacatecas: Level 3: Reconsider Travel

-Gang activity and violent crime are widespread in the Zacatecas state. The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel in the area to ensure their safety.

U.S. government employees are encouraged to refrain from traveling after dark and before 6 am.

Level 4 States:

Colima: Level 4: Do Not Travel

-Colima is one of the most dangerous Mexican states to travel. Widespread violent crime and gang activity threaten the safety and security of people in the area, so the U.S. State Department advises against any travel there.

Travel restrictions were also made for U.S. government employees in Colima, prohibiting the use of Route 110 and travel to regions close to the Jalisco, and Colima Michoacan borders.

Estado de Mexico: Level 4: Do Not Travel

-Violent crime is prevalent in all parts of Estado de Mexico. The U.S. government advises against all travel in the area and have posted travel restrictions for deployed U.S. government officials in the country.

U.S. employees are prohibited from traveling in Coacalco, La Paz, Ecatepec, Chalco, Solidaridad, Tlatlaya, Ixtapaluca, Valle de Chalco, and Nezahualcoyotl; as well as avoid the Morelos, Santa Martha, Lagunas de Zempoala National Park, and Huitzilac routes.

Michoacan: Level 4: Do Not Travel

-U.S. citizens and government employees are advised not to travel to Michoacan due to widespread crime. All regions are deemed dangerous with the exception of Morelia and Lazaro Cardenas. These cities can only be accessed by air transfer and land transfers in the area is only allowed through federal toll road 15D.

Sinaloa: Level 4: Do Not Travel

-Most criminal organizations in Mexico are based in Sinaloa, making the violent crime rate in the city one of the highest in the country. The U.S. Department of State advises against all travel in the area.

Most areas are prohibited for U.S. government employees except for Mazatlan, Port Topolobampo, and Los Mochis.

Tamaulipas: Level 4: Do Not Travel

-The U.S. Department of State advises against all travel to the Mexican state of Tamaulipas due to high levels of violent crime in the area. Crimes include armed robbery, extortion, assaults, kidnapping, and murder. Gangs and criminal groups are also very active in the area.

Travel Advisory: Micronesia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State sees no imminent risk to the safety and security of its citizens planning to visit Micronesia. Standard overseas travel precautions are advised.

Travel Advisory: Moldova

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): O (Others)

The U.S. State Department advises its citizens to exercise standard safety precautions when traveling to Moldova due to the existing political conflict with Transnistria.
Transnistria is a landlocked, autonomous region in the east of Dniester River. The United Nations does not recognize Transnistria as its own country but a part of Moldova; however, Moldova has long accepted Transnistria to be an independent territory with its own legal status.
The conflict between the two countries broke in 1992 due to territorial concerns which quickly escalate to a military feud. The issue has remained unresolved since.

Travel Advisory: Mongolia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

There are no foreseen threats to the safety of Americans visiting Mongolia. The U.S. Department of State simply encourages vigilance and standard security awareness while traveling abroad.

Travel Advisory: Montenegro

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

No known safety concerns are present in Montenegro. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise normal precautions when visiting to ensure personal safety and security overseas.

Travel Advisory: Montserrat

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Montserrat is considered a safe destination to U.S. citizens. Normal travel precautions are advised by the U.S. State Department for a peaceful and calm exploration of the country.

Travel Advisory: Morocco

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

There are no risks to the safety and security of U.S. citizens when traveling to Morocco; therefore, the U.S. State Department simply encourages its citizens to practice standard overseas travel precautions to improve their personal safety and security.

Travel Advisory: Mozambique

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

Mozambique is mostly safe except for the Maputo strip where a lot of armed street crimes occur. The U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to exercise increased caution in the area and remain vigilant in the streets to better ensure safety and security abroad.

Travel Advisory: Namibia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State acknowledges Namibia as a secure destination for U.S. citizens. Normal travel precautions are advised to ensure personal well-being abroad.

Travel Advisory: Nauru

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Nauru poses no severe threat to the safety and security of U.S. citizens visiting the country. Standard precautions are encouraged by the U.S. State Department, as is necessary in all overseas travel.

Travel Advisory: Nepal

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): E (Limited-time Event)

The 2017 House of Representative and provincial elections have prompted an overall change in the Nepal government. The change is being received by protests and rallies, so people are advised to take a high degree of caution in Nepal.
With the Upper House and Presidential election coming in early 2018, the situation is expected to take a turn depending on the results. Potential violence may break, before, during, and after the elections.

Travel Advisory: Netherlands

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The lowlands itself present no particular threat to the safety of visiting or U.S. citizens living in the country. However, the U.S. Department of State encourages heightened caution and security awareness due to the recent terrorist attacks around the continent.

Travel Advisory: New Caledonia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise normal precautions when traveling to New Caledonia. The country has remained peaceful and safe to all its visitors over the years.

Travel Advisory: New Zealand

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

New Zealand has always been a safe destination for travelers worldwide. With no history of terrorism and low crime rate, the country does not pose a severe threat to its visitors. Howeverthe U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to secure weather and geographical awareness prior traveling to New Zealand due to threats of possible natural disasters, as New Zealand is located in a seismic zone and is very prone to earthquakes.

Travel Advisory: Nicaragua

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

Crime levels in Nicaragua have been steadily increasing in the past years. As such, the U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise extra caution when visiting the country. Street crimes of pickpocketing and assault are the most common, but it can escalate because many criminals are armed.
The local police have very limited ability to respond to emergency cases effectively.
Avoid crowded areas especially the Maragua district as it is where most mugging, armed robbery, and kidnapping cases have occurred.

Travel Advisory: Niger

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

The U.S. State Department advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel in Niger due to the risks of crime and terrorism. The country’s current political climate in addition to the situations in its neighbor countries pose a heavy threat on the safety of not only visiting foreigners, but locals as well.
Crimes of armed robbery plague Niger while extremist and terrorist groups continue to plot attacks and are likely to execute one without warning.
Areas to avoid are the province of Tahoua, Niamey, Air Massif region, and shared borders with Mali, Libya, Nigeria, and Chad.
U.S. government employees deployed in Niger must secure special authorization to be allowed to travel outside if the capital as the U.S. government has very limited authority outside Niamey.

Travel Advisory: Nigeria

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

Crime, piracy, and terrorism continue to disrupt peace in Nigeria. Violent crimes of armed robbery, kidnapping, assault, and rape are very common throughout the country, while terrorist groups continue to actively plot attacks.
The U.S. Department of State encourages all U.S. citizens to reconsider travel in Nigeria. If travel is inevitable, avoid public places, areas that are frequented by foreigners as well as isolated regions.
Do not travel to cities close to the borders shared with Niger and Chad, and Gulf of Guinea due to vigorous pirate activities.

Travel Advisory: North Korea

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 4: Do Not Travel
Risk Indicator(s): O (Others)

The U.S. State Department advises against all travel to North Korea due to threats of arrest, long term detention, and ongoing political tension in the peninsula.
U.S. nationals are required to get a special validation permit from the Department of State to travel to North Korea and these validations are granted only to special cases and essential travel situations.
The U.S. government has no diplomatic relations with North Korea; therefore, they will be unable to assist or intervene freely during emergency cases in the North Korean territory. Sweden serves as the United States’ representative in North Korea.

Travel Advisory: Norway

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State perceives no threat in the safety and security of its citizens visiting Norway. The country has very low crime rate and no history of terrorism but normal precaution is still advised to ensure personal safety and smooth travels.

Travel Advisory: Oman

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), O (Others)

Despite Oman’s Level 1 overall ranking, U.S. citizens are advised to exercise a high level of security awareness and vigilance in the country due to the existing threats of terrorism within the country and its neighbors.
The most dangerous regions are the borders shared with Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and they should be avoided. Land border crossing is highly discouraged as there are many reported cases of arbitrary detention of foreigners by either the Yemen or Oman authorities.

Travel Advisory: Pakistan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), O (Others)

The U.S. Department of State urges U.S. citizens to reconsider all travel plans to Pakistan. The country has been battling terrorism and insurgencies for many years and continues to struggle.
The main threat originates from the group Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan which is an umbrella organization of several groups based in the federally-administered tribal areas that are mostly state enemies and also anti-western. They execute attacks all over the country with grenades, improvised explosives, gunfire, and suicide bombings.
Pakistan’s situation is very volatile and can change drastically for the worse without any notice. In the past six months alone, there were about 40 reported cases of significant terrorist attacks in Pakistan, with a total of 700 casualties.
Areas to avoid all travel to are the Balochistan province, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Azad Kashmir, and the India – Pakistan border.
With the overall situation in Pakistan, the U.S. government has no authority or ability to provide prompt aid and assistance to its citizens in case of emergency.

Travel Advisory: Palau

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Palau poses no threat to U.S. citizens traveling to the country. The U.S. State Department only urges its citizens to take standard travel precautions overseas and keep abreast of weather updates prior to and during the trip, as Palau is vulnerable to tropical cyclones.

Travel Advisory: Panama

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

A high degree of caution is advised to U.S. citizens traveling to Panama due to the steady increase in crime throughout the country. Most of the crimes are because of the active rival drug gangs in the area that can turn aggressive and violent.
Districts to reconsider travel to are the Darien region close to the Colombian border, the “Mosquito Coast” near the Caribbean side, El Chorrillo, Juan Diaz, and San Miguelito.
The Mosquito Coast is a very remote area in the north coast, which makes it difficult to access and regulate despite the known presence of drug trafficking activities. While the Darien region is where most human trafficking and drug dealings occur. The local police do not have the ability to effectively and efficiently control and respond to the situation at hand, and the U.S. government has restricted authority in the area that even their officials are required to secure an approval prior any travel to Panama.

Travel Advisory: Papua New Guinea

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest)

Civil Unrest and crime currently disrupt peace in Papua New Guinea. Locals and foreign visitors are at risk of violent crimes such as gang rape, kidnapping, armed robbery, and carjacking.
The U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to exercise increased caution while in Papua New Guinea and reconsider travel to the Panguna Mine due to incessant civil unrest from the clash between rival clans in the area.
In case of emergency, note that the U.S. government has very limited ability to provide aid to citizens outside of the major cities, especially in the southern parts of the country.

Travel Advisory: Paraguay

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. Department of State urges its citizens to take increased caution in Paraguay due to widespread crime as well as arms and narcotics trafficking in the country. U.S. citizens should avoid travel to Amambay, San Pedro, Canindeyu, Concepcion, and Alto Parana, as this is where transnational criminal groups actively operate.
The Paraguay police force does not have the ability to fully contain the situation.

Travel Advisory: Peru

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism)

There has been a significant increase in the overall crime levels in Peru. What used to be simple theft crimes have escalated to armed and robbery and thefts at gunpoint mainly affecting visiting foreigners.
There are also the threats of terrorism, drug trafficking, and other criminal activities around Loreto region – the border shared with Colombia. The U.S. government advises against any travel in the area especially at night and urges its citizens to follow instructions released with regards certain areas in the country that are also deemed dangerous.
Other regions to be mindful of are: the VRAEM (Valley of the Rivers Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro) and the restricted areas within Ayacucho, Cusco, Junin, and Huancavelica.

Travel Advisory: Philippines

Date Issued: January 24, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), N (Natural Disaster)

The Philippines, being an archipelago, can have a lot going on all at the same time; therefore, the U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to exercise increased caution when visiting the country. Depending on which part of the Philippines is the destination, visitors may be at risk due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, or natural disaster.
Overall violent crime levels in the country are moderate, but street crimes and petty robbery are present, so it is advised to be vigilant when traveling in crowded areas.
Mindanao, the southernmost part of the country, is being overrun by terrorist groups wanting to make Mindanao an autonomous Muslim region separate from the Philippines. These groups execute attacks in random areas of Mindanao and kidnap visitors for ransom. To keep discipline and authority in the island, the Philippine government recently declared martial law throughout Mindanao, particularly Marawi City, and state of emergency in Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Sultan Kudarat provinces.
In January 2018, Mount Mayon showed consistent volcanic activity prompting evacuation of residents living close to the volcano. There we no casualties reported despite the sporadic eruptions of Mayon.

Travel Advisory: Poland

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Poland does not present any risk to the safety and security of U.S. citizens planning to visit. The U.S. State Department simply advises its citizens to exercise standard precautions whenever traveling abroad.

Travel Advisory: Portugal

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

With crimes against foreigners relatively rare, the U.S. Department of State perceives no severe threat to the safety and security of U.S. citizens intending travel to Portugal.

Travel Advisory: Qatar

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State sees no significant threat to the safety and security of U.S. citizens planning to visit Qatar. Normal overseas travel precautions are advised to ensure personal safety during the trip.

Travel Advisory: Romania

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State sees no particular threat to US citizens planning to travel in Romania, so travelers should exercise usual precautions.
Trains are good transportation in Romania. If driving, apply defensive driving as traffic laws in the country are implemented stringently. In case of medical emergency, note that U.S. Medicare doesn’t apply in Romania. So, ascertain that your travel health insurance plan provides coverage overseas if necessary, and care providers mostly accept cash payment.

Travel Advisory: Russia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), O (Others)

U.S. citizens are advised to reconsider any travel plan to Russia due to the arbitrary harassment, mistreatment, and extortion that Russian law enforcers do to foreigners, particularly U.S. citizens, and the presence of terrorism in the country.
Russia also imposes unreasonable restrictions to dual U.S. – Russian nationals and makes it difficult for the U.S. government to extend its support and authority to its citizen. There was even a recent reduction of U.S. government employees stationed in Russia as imposed by the Russian government.
Regions to avoid all travel to are the northern Caucasus region which includes Chechnya, Dagestan, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Kabardino – Balkaria, Stavropol, Karachaevo – Cherkessia, Mount Elbrus, Crimea, and the border shared with Ukraine. The North Caucasus region is where terrorism and insurgencies are most rampant while the Crimea area is controlled by the Russian Federation military force.

Travel Advisory: Rwanda

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): O (Others)

Rwanda is generally a safe country; however, U.S. citizens are advised to take extra caution when traveling in Rwanda due to the existing armed conflict between the country and its neighbor, the Republic of Congo.
The relationship between the two countries has been volatile for years and is continuously deteriorating, risking the security of people from both side living close to the border. The U.S. Department of State discourages any travel to any area around the border to eliminate chances of kidnapping or capture by the extremist groups.

Travel Advisory: Saint Kitts and Nevis

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department perceives no alarming threat on the safety of U.S. citizens traveling to Saint Kitts and Nevis. Standard precaution should be exercised as is advised to all trips out of the country.

Travel Advisory: Saint Lucia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Visits to Saint Lucia are usually trouble-free, but petty crimes still occur and its location in the Caribbean makes it more prone to typhoons and hurricanes. Maintain the usual level of vigilance and precaution to ensure personal safety overseas.

Travel Advisory: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department encourages usual safety and security precautions when traveling to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Note that the country is likely to be lashed by typhoons and hurricanes from June to November so plan your trip well and check the weather forecast before and during the visit.

Travel Advisory: Samoa

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Samoa presents no threat in the lives of U.S. citizens in the area. The U.S. Department of State only urge on standard safety precautions when visiting as is requested to Americans in all overseas travel.

Travel Advisory: Sao Tome and Principe

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

U.S. citizens are advised to exercise standard precautions while traveling in Sao Tome and Principe. There are no particular threats found in the area that may endanger Americans.

Travel Advisory: Saudi Arabia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), O (Others)

Terrorism and missile attack threats endanger U.S. citizens traveling in Saudi Arabia. The threats are mainly targeting westerners visiting the country and local government facilities such as Sunni and Shia mosques, which are very much frequented by both locals and tourists. The extremist and rebel groups executing these attacks are from Daesh and Yemen, who go as far as firing long range missiles to Riyadh and Jeddah. Most of the ballistic missiles released have been intercepted by the Saudi Air Defense systems, but more missiles are likely to be released by the terrorists.
The U.S. Department of State highly advises its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution, vigilance, and maintain active awareness while in Saudi Arabia. An area that should be avoided the most is the district close to the Saudi – Yemen border.
Yemen’s current situation is not likely to improve any time soon and has, in fact, spilled over to Saudi territory. The U.S. government does not have ability to provide emergency support to its citizens who are within 50 miles of the Saudi – Yemen border and all U.S. government employees are restricted entry in the area.

Travel Advisory: Senegal

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Senegal poses no threat to traveling U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State simply encourages vigilance and personal security awareness to avoid trouble throughout the trip.

Travel Advisory: Serbia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Serbia is usually a trouble-free destination. The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to take normal precautions when visiting the country as petty crimes may still occur and demonstrations are common and can turn violent.

Travel Advisory: Seychelles

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Although usually safe, the presence of modern piracy around Seychelles’ coasts poses an imminent threat to locals and visitors. With that, the U.S. State Department advises U.S. citizens to be vigilant and exercise standard precaution when traveling to Seychelles.

Travel Advisory: Sierra Leone

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

A high degree of caution is encouraged to U.S. citizens traveling in Sierra Leone due to increasing crime activities in the country. Usual crimes are assault and robbery, which has a tendency to become violent. Local police does not have the resources and ability to respond effectively.
The U.S. government can only provide assistance to its citizens in Freetown and in daylight as its employees are restricted outside the capital.

Travel Advisory: Singapore

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Visits in Singapore are usually incident-free; however, the U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to maintain security awareness and exercise caution at all times especially overseas to ensure smooth and safe travels.

Travel Advisory: Sint Maarten

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Naturally a peaceful country, Sint Maarten poses no steady or grave threat in the lives of U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise normal precaution and be sure to consider the time of visit to avoid the hurricane season.
As part of the Caribbean, Sint Maarten is prone to hurricanes and storms, which can be severe. The last passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 destroyed many establishments in the island, but Sint Maarten is now progressively recovering.

Travel Advisory: Slovakia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

U.S. citizens can confidently travel in Slovakia; however, the U.S. State Department encourages U.S. citizens to exercise usual travel precautions as expected in any overseas travel and maintain vigilance at all times due to the active terrorist activities in Europe in the recent years.

Travel Advisory: Slovenia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to take standard precautions while in Slovenia due to the looming threat of terrorism in the continent. There have been no particular attacks in Slovenia but the transnational terrorist groups targeting Europe still continue to plot and are highly likely to execute more attacks.

Travel Advisory: Solomon Islands

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Normally an incident-free destination, Solomon Islands is a safe destination to U.S. citizens; however, cases of petty crime and demonstrations cannot be ruled out completely. The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to take standard precautions while traveling in the country.

Travel Advisory: Somalia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 4: Do Not Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), O (Others)

Somalia is not a safe destination to any traveler. The U.S. Department of State advises against all travels in Somalia due to risks of violent crimes, terrorism, and piracy.
Crime in the country is widespread; with the most common crimes ranging from armed robbery and kidnapping, to murder. There are also inter-clan and militia outbreaks, on top of the steady terrorist group activities throughout the country. Countless explosions and bombings are reported on an almost-daily basis, especially in Mogadishu and Somaliland.
The presence of piracy adds to the trouble surrounding Somalia, with modern pirates circulating its coast off the Horn of Africa.
Note that the U.S. government has very limited authority and ability to administer emergency assistance to its citizens in Somalia.

Travel Advisory: South Africa

Date Issued: February 13, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), N (Natural Disaster)

The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution when traveling to South Africa. The country is currently experiencing a steady increase in crime rates and severe and prolonged drought, especially in Cape Town and the Western Cape Province.
Water restrictions are currently in place in the fields of business, agriculture, and households. Current allowable consumption is at 50 liters per person per day but may lessen in the coming months depending on factors affecting potable water supply. The driest period is forecasted in April.

Travel Advisory: South Korea

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

South Korea on its own does not pose any threat in the safety and security of U.S. citizens and other visitors from across the globe. Its existing tension with North Korea, however, is very sensitive and the U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to exercise high degree of caution and vigilance while in the country.
Be sure to adhere to all local guidelines and restriction especially around the DMZ area.

Travel Advisory: South Sudan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 4: Do Not Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), O (Others)

The U.S. Department of State advises all its citizens not to undertake any travel to South Sudan due to risks of crime and armed conflict between the government and extremist groups in the country.
Many clashes have broken out since 2016 that resulted in the evacuation of foreigners, including U.S. citizens in South Sudan.
Avoid the Upper Nile, Former Unity State, Greater Equatoria, and the county’s shared borders with Sudan and Uganda, as this is where disputes and clashes often occur.

Travel Advisory: Spain

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism)

Threats of terrorism currently plague Spain with the recent attacks carried out in random cities across Europe. With its open door policy to its neighbor countries, terrorist groups have easy entry and exit access in Spain, allowing them to anonymously execute attacks whenever they wish.
The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to exercise extra caution when visiting the country; avoid overcrowded and touristic areas, and remain vigilant for their personal security.

Travel Advisory: Sri Lanka

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Sri Lanka is a fairly safe destination for U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State sees no serious and potential danger to the safety and security of its citizens in visiting Sri Lanka. The government encourages normal precautions as petty crimes cannot be completely ruled out.

Travel Advisory: Sudan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider any travel to Sudan due to heightened threats of crime, civil unrest, terrorism, and border conflicts in the country. Terrorist attacks in Sudan happen regularly, especially in Khartoum and regions close to the borders with South Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Chad, Ethiopia, and Libya.
A state of emergency has been declared in Gezira on November 6, 2017 following the dissolution of the country’s legislative council as decreed by the president.
Insurgencies continue to plague the country with frequent sporadic clashes between rebel groups and the government militia. The most recent set of protests reported was in January 2018 due to the increase in the price of bread throughout Sudan.
Avoid all unnecessary travel in the North Kordofan, Darfur border with Eritrea, west of En-Nahud, and the Blue and White Niles states. Note that the U.S. government has very limited resources to provide help to its citizens in Sudan, in case of emergency.

Travel Advisory: Suriname

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Suriname is generally a safe country destination for U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State simply suggests that Americans exercise standard precautions when traveling abroad to ensure their safety and security.
Demonstrations frequently occur in Suriname but local police presence is limited especially in Paramaribo.

Travel Advisory: Swaziland

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department perceives no particular threat to citizens planning to visit Swaziland. Crime levels in the country are low, but petty crimes still occur and it is advisable to exercise standard travel precautions and refrain from traveling at night.

Travel Advisory: Sweden

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Sweden has long remained a peaceful and safe destination; however, due to recent terrorist attacks in various cities in Europe, the U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to take necessary precautions when in Sweden to ensure their personal safety.

Travel Advisory: Switzerland

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of state considers Switzerland a secure country for its citizens to explore. The country has always had a reputation as a country of order with low crime rates. Recent terrorist attacks in the Schengen area have raised alerts for all countries in the continent.
U.S. citizens are advised to exercise necessary precautions in the area and remain vigilant as credible sources confirm that more attacks are likely to be executed in Europe.

Travel Advisory: Syria

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 4: Do Not Travel
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all travels to Syria as no part of the country remains safe from the threat of terrorism.
The terrorist group, Daesh, strongly controls the eastern and northern parts of Syria while the Syrian government is barely able to defend the regions that are still under its control. Kidnappings and aerial bombardment, shelling, and widespread fighting have aggressively increased injury, death counts, and infrastructure destruction in the country. The volatile situation fuels increasing civil unrest and is likely to deteriorate without warning.
The majority of foreign consulates in the country, including the United States of America, have suspended operations. The U.S. government has no consular and diplomatic agreement in Syria, and will be unable to provide any support and assistance to its citizens in case of emergency.

Travel Advisory: Taiwan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Taiwan poses no threat in the safety and security of U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State simply warns of the possibilities of petty crimes. Normal overseas precaution is advised.

Travel Advisory: Tajikistan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department advises citizens intending to visit Tajikistan to exercise standard precaution in the country due to potential terrorist activity. It is widely known that there are many terrorist supporters in Tajikistan and although infrequent nowadays, attacks are still likely occur.
Refrain travel in the Gorno – Badakhshan zone without an official permit to avoid arrest and detention.

Travel Advisory: Tanzania

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), T (Terrorism), O (Others)

Crime, terrorism, and violence against the LGBTQI community is rampant in Tanzania. The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise a high degree of care when in the country, especially to those who are part of the LGBTQI community. The conservative country has had cases of harassment, arrest, and detention of people from the LGBTQI community because of random and unrelated offenses.
Common crimes are assault, pickpocketing, rape, kidnapping, and mugging which are mainly aimed at foreign visitors. The Tanzanian police force does not have ample resources to give efficient and effective support and response in serious cases.
Avoid public areas and exercise vigilance in the scenic area of Coco Beach, Zanzibar, Arusha, Mwanza, Tanga, and Pwani as these are where most of the reported assaults, mugging, and theft have occurred.

Travel Advisory: Thailand

Date Issued: January 10,, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): U (Civil Unrest)

The U.S. State Department encourages U.S. citizens to exercise extra caution when traveling in Thailand due to the intensifying civil unrest in the country. Thailand’s current political climate is volatile and has the tendency to deteriorate based on similar cases in the past.
Periodic violence is very likely in Thailand and it is advised to avoid travel in Yala, Narathiwat, Songkhla, and Pattani provinces as it is where most insurgencies occur. Martial law is currently in effect in the area.

Travel Advisory: The Bahamas

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. Department of State warns against widespread crime in the Bahamas.
U.S. citizens are advised to always be on guard against pickpockets and sexual predators, as the crime rate in the Bahamas has been rated one of the most critical by the U.S. government.
The islands of Nassau, Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama are where crime levels have increased the most in the past year. Crimes vary from petty to violent, with sexual assault and robbery being the biggest threat to visiting Americans.
Be vigilant at all times and avoid overconsumption of alcohol as it is what makes prosecution of sexual assaults difficult in majority of the reported cases.

Travel Advisory: The Gambia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): O (Others)

Standard travel precautions is advised to all U.S. citizens planning to travel in Gambia. The country is normally a safe on its own; however, presence of landmines in the region close to the border it shares with Senegal poses a threat on the safety and security of those who are not familiar with this problem. The U.S. Department of State advises against travel in the southern border to better ensure personal safety.

Travel Advisory: Timor-Leste

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Timor–Leste presents no risk in the safety of U.S. citizens. Therefore, the U.S. Department of State merely requests its citizens to exercise standard precautions while traveling abroad.

Travel Advisory: Togo

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of civil unrest and widespread crime in Togo.
Organized violent crimes are very common, targeting civilians and criminals alike. The most common crimes against the locals and foreigners are carjacking, and armed robbery, while criminals face the threats of capture, mobbing, and execution for vigilante justice.
Demonstrations and protests are very frequent in Togo and, regardless of how peaceful they begin, they have a tendency to escalate with the local police force ending such situations with tear gas and arrests of aggressive demonstrators.
Remain vigilant and avoid big public gatherings during any visit in Togo. The government utilizes excessive force and interrupts communication services without prior notice.

Travel Advisory: Tonga

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State perceives Tonga as a secure destination for its citizens. Standard travel precaution is advised to all U.S. citizens to ensure safety and smooth travels.

Travel Advisory: Trinidad and Tobago

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Trinidad and Tobago is mostly peaceful, but threats of crime in the country have increased and can turn quite violent. The U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to exercise extra caution, especially that most crimes target expats and westerners visiting the country.
Vigilance is key and travelers should avoid downtown Port of Spain, Fort George, Queen’s Park Savannah, and the beaches after dark to lessen the chance of getting mugged or assaulted.

Travel Advisory: Tunisia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), O (Others)

With the heightened threats of terrorism in Tunisia, the U.S. State Department advises U.S. citizens to avoid Chaambi Mountain National Park, west of the Tunisia, the militarized zone of Dehiba, Jendouba, El Kef, Sidi Bou Zid, and the regions close to the borders shared with Libya and Algeria.
High level of caution and vigilance are recommended especially in the border areas as a state of emergency has been in effect since November 2015.
The U.S. government does not have the ability to provide emergency assistance to its citizens in case of serious situations, but the Tunisian government is very keen on addressing the current terrorism concerns in the country.

Travel Advisory: Turkey

Date Issued: January 12, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), O (Others)

The U.S. State Department advises its citizens to reconsider travel in Turkey due to the increasing terrorism threats in the country. It is highly-advised to avoid all travel along the Turkey–Syria border, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Kilis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Siirt, Bingol, Bitlis, and Tunceli and Hakkari.
The ongoing chaos in neighboring Syria has slipped into Turkey, prompting terrorist activities in August 2016. This mobilized the Turkish military to increase operations near the border and declare a state of emergency.
Be aware that there had been reports of arbitrary detention with some cases due to politically motivated grounds.
The U.S. government lacks the ability to provide complete emergency services to U.S. citizens traveling in the country’s southeast regions.

Travel Advisory: Turkmenistan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Turkmenistan has had no history of terrorism within its quarters; however, the existing threat in Central Asia caused by extremist groups Al-Qaida and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan raise the alert for caution and vigilance.
The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to take standard precaution when traveling in Turkmenistan and follow local rules and restrictions for a smooth trip.
Note that a new “tourism tax” has been released in 2017, requiring visitors in Turkmenistan, who are not accredited diplomats, to pay two USD for each day of their stay in the country. Land border crossing is generally not advisable especially with the borders shared with Iran and Afghanistan. Given the situation in the two countries, the borders may be subject to occasional closure without prior notice.

Travel Advisory: Turks and Caicos

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

The U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens of the risk of increasing crime levels in the overseas British territory, Turks and Caicos. Crime is not widespread in all the island, but is mostly in Providenciales, which is the first point of contact for visitors and the country.
Common crimes are robbery, opportunistic burglary, and random shootings. Exercise a high degree of caution as local police presence is scarce and they do not have ample resources to respond effectively to serious emergency cases.

Travel Advisory: Tuvalu

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Tuvalu poses no significant threat in the safety and security of U.S. citizens. With a relatively low crime rate and no history of terrorism, it is a secure destination for any traveler.
The U.S. Department of State simply advises normal precautions as is expected in any international travel. Be aware of the cyclone season which is usually between November and April. Tuvalu is prone to flooding and landslides after severe weather conditions.

Travel Advisory: Uganda

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime)

U.S. citizens planning to visit Uganda should be aware and prepared of the high risk crime in the country. The U.S. State Department encourages increased caution as violent crimes of assault, rape, armed robbery, and burglary are very common in the country, especially in the big cities like Entebbe and Kampala.
The local police are unable to effectively contain the situation due to lack of resources and arms.

Travel Advisory: United Kingdom

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism)

The U.S. Department of State recommends the exercise of extra caution when visiting the United Kingdom due to threats of terrorism. The entire Schengen area is still vulnerable to attacks from the terrorist groups targeting the continent, and credible sources affirms that further attacks are likely to be executed.

Travel Advisory: Ukraine

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest), O (Others)

Civil unrest and crime pose a certain level of threat for the safety and security of visitors in Ukraine. The U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise increased caution in the country. Common crimes are robbery and assault, which are mostly aimed at foreigners.
As much as possible, avoid travel to Crimea, Kiev, Donetsk, and Luhansk Oblast due to the increasing severity of the situation in the aforementioned areas. Demonstrations happen regularly and can turn violent despite a peaceful start. Another concern is the arbitrary detention of foreigners and locals by Crimean authorities.
Crimea is currently being controlled by Russian and pro-Russian forces; therefore, the U.S. government has very limited ability to provide support to U.S. citizens caught in any situation in Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk.

Travel Advisory: United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. State Department encourages its citizens to exercise standard travel precautions when traveling in the United Arab Emirates. Most travels are incident – free, but crimes and threats of terrorism in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula cannot be ruled out entirely.
Credible sources believe that extremist groups Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda are continuously plotting attacks in the region. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid crowded area, mass gatherings, and suspicious objects or individuals.

Travel Advisory: Uruguay

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

The U.S. Department of State sees Uruguay as a safe destination to U.S. citizens. However, the increasing crime rate in Montevideo raises alert in the area. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise sensible awareness and vigilance when visiting the country. Theft and other opportunistic street crimes boom during the summer season. As such, overcrowded public areas such as Punta del Este, Cabo Polonio, la Pedrera, Punta del Diablo, and la Paloma should be avoided.

Travel Advisory: Uzbekistan

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Uzbekistan is a fairly safe destination U.S. citizens to visit. Nonetheless, threats of terrorism loom due to the presence of terrorist group supporters in the country.
In addition, Uzbekistan is very sensitive with regards to certain medicines and mere possession can cause one to be detained upon arrival in the country. With that, the U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to remain vigilant and obedient of local restrictions when visiting.

Travel Advisory: Vanuatu

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

There are no known severe safety concerns in visiting Vanuatu. However, regular security procedures should be implemented to ensure one’s personal safety abroad. Although violent crimes against foreigners are rare, the U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to stay alert and cautious while traveling. Avoid dark and isolated streets, especially for solo female travelers. If possible, travel together with a group.

Travel Advisory: Venezuela

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 3 - Reconsider Travel
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest), H (Health), O (Others)

Venezuela is currently in a crucial state of emergency with crime, civil unrest, health concerns, and arbitrary law enforcement widespread across the country. The political tension have caused insurgencies, demonstrations, and violence, which threatens the safety and security of not only visiting foreigners, but also its locals.
There are also food, water, and medical supply shortages throughout Venezuela and the country has already closed its borders with Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire.
The situation is very volatile and is likely to worsen. The U.S. government has very limited ability to provide timely and effective assistance to its citizens in Venezuela, particularly to U.S. citizens that are within 50 miles of the Colombian border. They also fear the chances of U.S. citizens being detained due to unlikely reasons and the U.S. Embassy not being notified by the Venezuelan government of such incidents.
The U.S. Department of State recommends its citizens to reconsider all travels in Venezuela and not to fly unless it is necessary. If travel is absolutely necessary, avoid travelling in Caracas and the entire strip of the Colombian border as these are where most of the violent crimes plaguing the country occur.

Travel Advisory: Vietnam

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Vietnam poses no substantial threat in the lives of U.S. citizens traveling in the country, but sensible precaution is still advised by the U.S. Department of State to ensure personal safety.
Keep in mind that the Vietnamese government requires a photographic identification from its visitors at all times: make sure that you carry a copy of any official ID or your passport information page while exploring the country.

Travel Advisory: Yemen

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 4: Do Not Travel
Risk Indicator(s): T (Terrorism), U (Civil Unrest), H (Health), O (Others)

The U.S. Department of State advises against all travel to Yemen due to heightened risk of terrorism, unrest, health issues, and regular military clashes. The utmost effort to stop the hostilities faded in August 2016 and the country’s situation has worsened since, leaving no part of the country safe for anyone.
The nationwide instability has led to more issues of health, food, water scarcity, and more poverty and suffering, which strengthens the hold of terrorism and fear in the country.
Due to the increasing risks in the lives of people in Yemen, the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a suspended operations in February 2015. With that, the United States of America does not have an official representation in Yemen and will be unable to provide support to its citizens in case of serious emergency.

Travel Advisory: Zambia

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precaution
Risk Indicator(s): None

Zambia is a relatively peaceful destination, but chances of serious crimes like armed robbery, sexual assault, and vehicle hijackings are still possible especially during the night. Thus, the U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to take a high degree of caution while traveling, and urges that travelers refrain from exploring after dark, especially in the rural parts and those provinces close to the border shared with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) such as of Copperbelt North Western, Luapula, and Central.

Travel Advisory: Zimbabwe

Date Issued: January 10, 2018
Travel Advisory Level: Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Risk Indicator(s): C (Crime), U (Civil Unrest)

A high degree of caution is advised to U.S. citizens visiting Zimbabwe as crime and civil unrest continue to trouble the country.
The ongoing political tension and economic hardships are likely to worsen and cause more insurgencies and demonstrations. Crime is at moderate levels but should not be overlooked. Street crimes such as mugging, pickpocketing, and snatching still occur and may turn violent. These crimes are mainly aimed at tourists in poorly lit areas of town. Avoid taking night strolls alone and always carry a copy of your ID or passport.

Travel.State.Gov: The U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs

The Bureau of Consular Affairs, also known as just Consular Affairs or CA, is a division within the United States Department of State. Their mission is to safeguard U.S. citizens traveling abroad and to serve their interests.

Travel Advisory System Replaced Travel Alerts and Warnings System

Consular Affairs provides data to make citizens aware of the risks they may encounter during international travel. They give data so people can make educated evaluations of what to do regarding the risks they may encounter during international travel.

Prior to January 2018, Consular Affairs gave travel risks through their Travel Alerts and Warnings system however; the system has now been replaced.

As of January 10, 2018, Consular Affairs now broadcasts the potential risks in traveling to international destinations through their Travel Advisory system.

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Travelers may check the newly updated State Department Travel Advisory page for more information on their next destination or view this PDF for the complete list of countries together with their rankings. They can also try the Department of State’s color–coded map for a more interactive experience.

To receive alerts and updates on countries that are relevant to travel plans, travelers can enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrolment Program (STEP). The Department of State highly recommends enrolling in case of emergencies, such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters within the U.S. territories, as alerts will be made available to citizens through the STEP.

The United States of America has diplomatic relations with about 180 countries, and is maintaining a total of 250 embassies and consulates around the globe. Below you will find embassy information for most countries with a level 4 travel advisory.

AFGHANISTAN

U.S. Embassy Kabul
Address: Great Massoud (Airport) Road, Kabul, Afghanistan
Telephone: 0700-108-001 or 0700-108-002
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 0700-108-001
Fax: (00 93) (0) 700-108-564 or (0)202-300-546
Email: kabulacs@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan is located in Kabul. The embassy is focused on promoting consular ties between the United States of America and Afghanistan while expanding trade and combating risks such as terrorism, crime, and narcotics to ensure the welfare of U.S. citizens in the country.

The U.S. Public Affairs Office in Kabul offers information on how life is in both the United States and Afghanistan. They also provide activities and opportunities for cultural exchange between the two countries.

At present, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan is John Bass. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 27, 2018 and was appointed in December of 2017.

With Afghanistan’s current political climate, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul is in a tight situation with regards the provision of complete emergency assistance to its citizens, especially to those outside of Kabul.

Stay informed on Afghanistan’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

ALGERIA

U.S. Embassy Algiers

Address: 5 Chemin Cheikh Bachir Ibrahimi, El-Biar, 16030 Algiers, Algeria
Telephone: +(213) 770-08-2000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(213) 770-08-2200
Fax: 0770-08-2064
Email: ACSAlgiers@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Algeria is in Algiers. The consulate offers a variety of services for U.S. citizens in the country from the usual visas and documents process, cultural exchange information and activities, to emergency assistance for serious situations of abduction, arrest, death, and violent crimes towards its citizens. However, note that services are all by appointment which is mostly every Mondays and Wednesdays and avoid carrying a lot during the visit to the consulate due to the scarcity of storage available in the premises.

The United States of America’s Embassy in Algeria is being led by Ambassador John Desrocher. He was appointed in 2017 immediately after serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs from September 2014 to August 2017.

Algeria is currently facing threats of terrorism due to the situations of its neighbor countries spilling over the territory. U.S. citizens are highly advised to steer clear of the eastern and southern borders, and to avoid any travel to the Sahara Desert as the U.S. government will be unable to arrange for complete emergency assistance outside of Algiers due to the restrictions that the Algerian government imposed on U.S. government employees.

Stay informed on Algeria’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

BANGLADESH

U.S. Embassy Dhaka

Address: Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka, 1212, Bangladesh
Telephone: +(88) (2) 5566-2000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(88) (2) 5566-2000
Fax: +(88) (2)5566-2907<
Email: DhakaACS@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh is located in Dhaka. U.S. citizens in the country are assisted by the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit with regards to any emergency or non-emergency citizenship concerns. The team offers a full-range of information and services that ensure Americans’ wellbeing in the country while maintaining the diplomatic relationship between the United States of America and Bangladesh.

Walk-ins are not allowed for any service. Appointments must be made online to be allowed entry in the premises. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Currently being spearheaded by Ambassador Marcia Bernicat who was appointed on February 4, 2015, the consulate is open every Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. As with some Muslim countries, Bangladesh follows a workweek different from the rest of the world to give time for their mosque visits and prayer hours.

Stay informed on Bangladesh’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

BURKINA FASO

U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou

Address: Secteur 15, Ouaga 2000, Avenue Sembène Ousmane, Rue 15.873, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Telephone: +(226) 25-49-53-00

Emergency Telephone: +(226) 25-49-53-00

Fax: (226) 25-49-56-23

Email consularouaga@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso is in Ouagadougou. The United States of America and Burkina Faso is presently on good terms after some strains in the past due to the their involvement in arms trading and other illegal dealings during Compaoré’s leadership. The U.S. office re-opened in the country in 2013 under its mission team in Senegal. At present, the United States’ aim to assist Burkina Faso in its mission of democratization, and promotion of sustainable economic development.

The Ouagadougou Office is led by Ambassador Andrew Young, who was appointed by the Senate on September 28, 2016, and Deputy Chief of Mission David Young who took office in September 2015. The consulate is open on Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, and half-day on Friday from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. The team offers a variety of citizenship and consular services, with non-emergency requests subject to appointment scheduling prior the visit. U.S. citizens or Burkinabes can either call the office hotline or schedule online.

Burkina Faso is currently under some threats of terrorism and the U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to reconsider travel in the country, as much as possible. Avoid the northern Sahel region, and around the borders shared with Niger and Mali as terrorist groups are very likely to execute attacks and kidnappings in the area. U.S. government employees were given restrictions in this area, which makes the government's reach to provide support to its citizens rather limited in case of emergency.

Stay informed on Burkina Faso’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

BURUNDI

U.S. Embassy Bujumbura

Address: Avenue Des Etats-Unis, Bujumbura, Burundi

Telephone: +(257) 22-20-7000

Emergency Telephone: +(257) 79-938-841

Fax: +(257) 22-24-3467

Email bujumburac@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Burundi is located in Bujumbura. The diplomatic relationship between the two countries began in 1962 after Burundi gained its independence from Belgium. Burundi have experienced numerous violent political periods but the United States remained by its side and continues to support the country’s advocacy for a stable and peaceful nation based on democratic values.

Spearheaded by Ambassador Anne Casper, the consulate offers routine citizenship and consular services and assistance to Burundians and U.S. citizens living or traveling in Burundi. The embassy is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. All non-emergency assistance requests such as passport processing, issuance, and document authorization are available by appointment only. Register online for an appointment. Keep note that the embassy in Burundi is close every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month due to administrative reasons.

At present, Burundi has Level 3 overall security rank due to widespread crime and violence in the country. U.S. citizens are advised against any unnecessary travel in the country. Travel restrictions were laid to U.S. government employees to better ensure their safety while on deployment but at the same time restricting the office to give emergency support to its citizens especially outside Bujumbura.

Stay informed on Burundi’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

CAMEROON

U.S. Embassy Yaounde

Address: Avenue Rosa Parks.P.O. Box 817, Yaounde, Cameroon

Telephone: +(237) 22220-1500

Emergency Telephone: +(237) 22220-1500

Fax: +(237) 22220-1572

Email YaoundeACS@state.gov

Embassy Branch Office, Douala, Cameroon

Address: Corner of Rue Ivy and Rue French, Ecobank Building, Bonanjo, Douala, Cameroon

Telephone: +(237) 23342-5331, + (237) 23342-0303

Emergency Telephone: +(237) 23342-5331, +(237) 23342-0303

Fax: +(237) 23342-7790

There are two U.S. Embassies in Cameroon, one is located in Yaounde and another in Douala. The diplomatic relationship between the United States of America and Cameroon was established after the latter’s independence from France in 1960. The two countries have had some misunderstandings in the past due certain political and social differences, but continued to work together for the best interest of Cameroonians and U.S. citizens.

At present, Peter Henry Barlerin is the U.S. Ambassador heading the offices in Cameroon. He was appointed on December 20, 2017 following his service with the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary (Bureau of African Affairs). The embassy offers all possible consular services and assistance, and is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, except on U.S. and local holidays, and every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Cameroon is currently experiencing an increase in criminality and terrorism in the country. The U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to exercise increased caution when visiting and, if possible, to avoid the northern, eastern, western, and Adamawa regions as the U.S. government has very limited authority and reach in the said areas.

Stay informed on Cameroon’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

U.S. Embassy Bangui

Due to the Central African Republic’s current situation, the operations in the U.S. Embassy in Bangui is on shutdown at the moment.

All consular and citizenship concerns in the Central African Republic are directed to the Yaounde office in Cameroon.

U.S. Embassy Yaounde

Address: Avenue Rosa Parks.P.O. Box 817, Yaounde, Cameroon

Telephone: +(237) 22220-1500

Emergency Telephone: +(237) 22220-1500

Fax: +(237) 22220-1572

Email YaoundeACS@state.gov

The Central African Republic is currently in the Level 4 rank of the U.S. Travel Advisory. U.S. citizens are advised not to travel to the country. The situation continues to deteriorate rapidly and the U.S. government has limited capacity to provide complete and timely assistance to its citizens in the area, in case of emergency.

Stay informed on the Central African Republic’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

CHAD

U.S. Embassy N’Djamena

Address: Chagoya Roundpoint, B.P. 413, N'Djamena, Chad

Telephone: +235 22 51 50 17

Emergency Telephone: +235 63 51 78 00

Fax: 235 22 53 91 02

Email NdjamenaACS@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Chad is located in N’Djamena. The diplomatic ties between Chad and the United States of America aim to foster peace and stability after Chad’s long history of internal conflict and terrorism spilling over from its neighbor countries. The relationship was established in 1960 after Chad’s independence from France.

Through Ambassador Geeta Pasi and her office, the United States of America continues to encourage Chad towards restoration and provide bilateral assistance to improve Chad’s security and stability. The U.S. consulate in Chad is open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm and it offers a full-range of consular assistance and information to both Chadians and U.S. citizens.

Stay informed on Chad’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

COLOMBIA

U.S. Embassy Bogota

Address: Calle 24 Bis No. 48-50, Bogotá, D.C. Colombia

Mailing address: Carrera 45 No. 24B-27 Bogotá, D.C. 110111 Colombia

Telephone: +(57) (1) 275-2000

Emergency Telephone: +(57) (1) 275-4021

Email ACSBogota@state.gov

U.S. Consular Agency in Barranquilla

Address: Centro Empresarial las Americas 1, Calle 77B No. 57-141, Suite 511

Telephone: (5) 353-2001 or (5) 353-2182

Emergency Telephone: +(57) (1) 275-2701

Email conagencybarranquilla@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Colombia has two offices: one in Bogota and another in Barranquilla. The United States – Colombia ties began in 1822 following Colombia’s independence from Spain. Despite being one of the oldest democratic countries in South America since its liberation from the Spanish colonization, Colombia has had a difficult past due to drugs and arms dealing in the country. The diplomatic relations between the two countries aim to promote prosperity and good governance in Colombia in the years to come for the advancement of the U.S. – Colombian public.

Both consulates in Colombia are led by Ambassador Kevin Whitaker, who took office on April 28, 2014. The two offices offer a variety of citizenship and consular services to Colombians and U.S. citizens residing or traveling in the country and are open Monday through Friday, except on local and U.S. holidays. All services offered in the Barranquilla office are by appointment only. Appointments are made by calling or emailing the consulate.

Safety and security in Colombia is currently at Level 2, urging heightened caution and vigilance from U.S. citizens and avoidance of certain parts of the country where the U.S. government is unable to provide assistance and support in case of emergency, such as Antioquia, Valledupar, Pasto, Monteria, and Cali, to name a few. Click here for the complete list of high risk departments.

Stay informed on Colombia’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Address: 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, Kinshasa, Gombe

Telephone: +(243) 97-261-6145

Emergency Telephone: +(243) 081-556-0151

Email ACSKinshasa@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in Kinshasa. The bilateral relationship between the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States of America goes back to 1960 following Congo’s liberation from Belgium.

At present, the two countries are working together to improve its cultural, economic, and political relations while ensuring peace and the security of Congolese and U.S. citizens living and working in Congo (DRC). Led by Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Jennifer Haskell, the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa offers a varied menu of routine citizenship services and assistance. The office is open daily, with full hours from Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:15 pm, and half day every Friday from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. All non-emergency services are available by appointment only while emergency services such as arrests, deaths, and medical crises are entertained immediately or walk in (if applicable).

The U.S. Department of State warns of the incessant civil unrest and increasing criminality in the country. U.S. citizens are advised to reconsider travel in the DRC and if travel is inevitable, avoid the danger zones such as the three Kasai provinces: Kasai Oriental, Kasai Central, Kasai Occidental, and the country’s eastern regions. These areas are where the U.S. government’s authority and reach is scarce that any possible support in cases of emergency will be difficult.

Stay informed on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

EGYPT

U.S. Embassy Cairo

Address: Consular Section 5, Tawfik Diab Street, Garden City, Cairo, Egypt

Telephone: +(20) 2-2797-3300

Emergency Telephone: +(20) 2-2797-3300

Fax: +(20) 2-2797-2472

Email ConsularCairoACS@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Egypt is located in Cairo and is currently under the direction of Chargé d’Affaires Thomas H. Goldberger, who was appointed in June 2017, while still serving as Chief of Mission. He holds both positions at present and, together with his people, perseveres in promoting U.S. policy and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of U.S. citizens in Egypt while providing assistance to Egypt despite the sporadic disagreements between the two countries due to political and social differences.

The consulate is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and is closed every Thursday, as well as U.S. and local holidays. Note that the only visitors with appointment will be allowed entry and they should not be late for more than 15 minutes on the schedule appointment day to avail of the meeting. To schedule an appointment, click here.

The office also has a strict phone call rule with regards emergency and non-emergency requests. Non-emergency request calls will not be received and calls which are not deemed an emergency by the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be disengaged.

At present, Egypt is troubled by terrorism and civil unrest; with that, the U.S. Department of State advises its citizens to exercise increased caution when in the country and refrain from visiting the Sinai Peninsula and the border regions.

Stay informed on Egypt’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

EL SALVADOR

U.S. Embassy San Salvador

Address: Final Boulevard Santa Elena Sur, Urbanización Santa Elena, Antiguo Cuscatlan, La Libertad, San Salvador, El Salvador

Telephone: +(503) 2501-2999

Emergency Telephone: +(503) 2501-2999

Fax: +(503) 2278-6020

Email ACSSanSal@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in El Salvador is in San Salvador. The United States of America and El Salvador began its bilateral relations in 1863 after El Salvador’s emancipation from Spanish rule. The two countries have since relished a strong partnership with mutual commitment on economic development, democracy, and rule of law.

Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes spearheads the U.S. office in San Salvador. She has served under four presidents and was appointed by the Senate as Ambassador to El Salvador on December 9, 2015.

The San Salvador office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, excluding all U.S. and local holidays, and 1st Friday of each month. All emergency and non-emergency services offered by this office are being handled by the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit under the Consular Section, except for visa and immigration inquiries. Individual appointments are required from all applicants regardless if the service being requested is for a group. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Stay informed on El Salvador’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

ERITREA

U.S. Embassy Asmara

Address: 179 Alaa Street, P.O. Box 211, Asmara, Eritrea

Telephone: (291) 1-120-004

Emergency Telephone: +(291)1-120-004

Fax: +(291) 1-124-255 and +(291) 1-127-584

Email: ConsularAsmara@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea is located in Asmara. Eritrea and the United States of America established its diplomatic ties in 1993, soon after Eritrea’s separation from Ethiopia. At present, Eritrea is experiencing a multitude of internal turmoil, and political dissidents putting a lot of strain on its ties with different countries including the United States. Nonetheless, the U.S. government continues operations in the country and is hoping for regional stability and to eventually help pull Eritrea out of its disputes with neighbor countries Djibouti and Ethiopia.

The consulate in Asmara is being led by Joseph P. O'Neill as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. All routine consular services such as notarials, document authentications, birth and death certificates, passport processing, voting information, and tax concerns are processed by the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the Consulate Section at the Asmara site.

With Eritrea’s current condition, extra caution is requested from all U.S. citizens intend to visit the country. The U.S. Department of State also advises against any travel to the Eritrean – Ethiopian border due to the ongoing tension, and in remote areas because of the presence of unexploded landmines.

Stay informed on Eritrea’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

ETHIOPIA

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Address: Entoto Street, PO Box 1014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Telephone: (+251-11-130-6000

Emergency Telephone: 011-130-6000

Fax: + 251-11-124-2435 and +251-11-124-2419

Email: ConsACS@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia is located in Addis Ababa. The diplomatic relations between the United States and Ethiopia were established in 1903. The treaty of commerce was signed to preserve and strengthen the cordial relationship between the two countries.

At present, Ambassador Michael Raynor directs the Addis Ababa office. The embassy offers a wide range of consular services including passport and citizenship requirements, notarial services, and emergency assistance on arrest, death, crime, or financial needs of U.S citizens in Ethiopia. The office is open Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; except on U.S. and local holidays.

The American Citizens Services (ACS) unit handles all citizenship requests in Ethiopia but requires a pre-set appointment for all non-emergency services to ensure efficient and organized service. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Stay informed on Ethiopia’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

FRENCH GUIANA

U.S. Embassy Paramaribo

Address: Kristalstraat 165, Paramaribo, Suriname

Telephone: (597) 472-900 ext. 2237

Emergency Telephone: (597) 710-1112

Email: caparamar@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy for French Guiana is located in Paramaribo, Suriname. French Guiana is part of the three Guianas: Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. The office is headed by Ambassador Edwin Nolan, who took office in December 2015, and is focused on the preservation of the country’s rich and colorful culture while maintaining the friendly relations between the three Guianas and the United States of America. The Paramaribo office has a full-range of citizenship service offerings for U.S. citizens in the Guianas and is open every day, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, excluding U.S. and local holidays.

All non-emergency services in the Paramaribo office are by appointment only. Appointments are scheduled online via the Consular Affairs page. Note that in 2012, all immigrant visa request service and assistance operations were moved to the U.S. Embassy Georgetown office in Guyana.

Stay informed on French Guiana’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

HAITI

U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince

Address: Boulevard du 15 Octobre, Tabarre 41, Route de Tabarre, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Telephone: +(509) 2229-8000

Emergency Telephone: +(509) 2229-8000

Fax: +(509) 2229-8027

Email: acspap@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Haiti is located in Port-au-Prince. It was in 1804 that the United States of America formed its diplomatic ties when Haiti was emancipated from France. The two countries aim to alleviate poverty in Haiti through sustainable means while at the same time promote democracy and respect for human rights in the country. Ambassador Michele Sison and her office aim to stay true to these missions while ensuring the wellbeing and safety of U.S. citizens in Haiti.

The consulate offers a menu of varied emergency and non-emergency assistance to U.S. citizens through The American Citizens Services (ACS) unit. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon.

Haiti is currently in the Level 3 list of the new U.S. Travel Advisory ranking. This level is given to countries that pose a significant threat to the lives of U.S. citizens abroad. With that, the U.S. State Department strongly encourages its citizens to reconsider travel in Haiti at the moment, until crime and insurgencies in the country have calmed.

Stay informed on Haiti’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

HONDURAS

U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa

Address: Avenida La Paz, Tegucigalpa M.D.C., Honduras

Telephone: +(504) 2236-9320 or +(504) 2238-5114

Emergency Telephone: +(504) 2238-5114 or +(504) 2236-9320, extension 4100

Fax: +(504) 2238-4357

Email: USAHonduras@state.gov

U.S. Consular Agent – San Pedro Sula

Address: Banco Atlantida Building, 11th Floor, across from the Central Park, San Pedro Sula

Telephone: 2238-5114, ext. 4400

Email: usahonduras@state.gov

The United States has two offices in Honduras, one is the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa and a Consular Agent in San Pedro Sula. Both offices are headed by Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Heide B. Fulton, who is the Deputy Chief of Mission in Honduras since September 2016, and assumed the role – Chargé d’Affaires a.i. in June 2017.

The embassy in Tegucigalpa operates from 7:30 am to 11:00 am, Monday through Friday, while the office in San Pedro Sula is open in the afternoon, at 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. The two offices offer all citizenship and consular services by appointment for most non-emergency assistance requests while notary services are accepted even without an appointment.

Honduras is currently experiencing a steady increase in criminal activities, so the U.S. government is advising its citizens to reconsider travel in the country.

Stay informed on Honduras’ security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

IRAQ

U.S. Embassy Baghdad

Address: Al-Kindi Street, International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq

Telephone: 0760 -030-3000

Emergency Telephone: 301-985-8841, ext. 4293 or 2413 (U.S. dial numbers that ring in Baghdad)

Fax: +(964) 770-443-1286 or +(964) 770-030-4888 from the U.S. or 0770-443-1286 or 0770-030-4888 from within Iraq

Email: BaghdadACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Erbil

413 Ishtar, Ankawa Erbil, Iraq

Telephone: From Iraq: 066-211-4554, From the United States: 240-264-3467 and then extension 4554

After Hours emergencies and on weekends (Friday, Saturday & Holidays):

From Iraq: 066-211-4000 and ask to speak with the Duty Officer

From the United States: 240-264-3467 and ask to speak with the Duty Officer

Email: ErbilACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Basrah

Basrah, Iraq (near Basrah International Airport)

The U.S. Embassy in Iraq operates in three offices; with the main in Baghdad, a consulate in Erbil, and in Basra. The bilateral relationship between the two countries was established in 1930 with the signing of the Anglo American-Iraqi Convention. The United States of America and Iraq have withstood a lot together, but continue to be strategic allies focused on U.S. assistance to Iraq’s long-term growth, democracy, trade, and governance.

Ambassador Douglas Silliman heads the U.S. Mission in Iraq. He assumed office on September 1, 2016, after serving as he U.S. Ambassador in Kuwait.

A variety of emergency and non-emergency citizenship services are available in the Baghdad office. However, due to the current situation in Iraq, the office is only open three days a week, mainly for non-emergency requests, every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. All routine services are by appointment only and can be scheduled here. Visitors will not be entertained without an appointment.

The U.S. Consulate General Erbil, on the other hand, is the office that serves Dohuk, Halabja, Erbil, and Sulaimaniya – the four provinces of the Kurdistan Region. Led by Consul General Ken Gross, the office operates from Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Given its location in Erbil, this office mainly deals with Emergency Assistance requests.

Located in the south of Iraq, the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah is currently on shut down. Consular routine service requirements from this area must be directed to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

The present volatile situation in Iraq due to insurgencies and terrorism, placed it in the Level 4 ranks of the new U.S. Travel Advisory system. With that, the U.S. State Department advises its citizens against any travel to Iraq for the time being until the risks within and surrounding the country have been contained. U.S. citizens are particularly discouraged to travel in the Kurdistan Regional Government region to avoid kidnapping, injury, arrest, and other legal fines.

For serious emergency situations such as abduction, serious injury, or death, contact the embassy immediately through the hotlines of the Iraqi office, or 911.

Stay informed on Iraq’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

ISRAEL

U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

Address: 71 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv, Israel 63903

Telephone: +(972) (3) 519-7575

Emergency Telephone: +(972) (3) 519-7551

Fax: +(972) (3) 516-4390, or 516-0315

Email: amctelaviv@state.gov

The United States operates in three offices in Israel: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem, U.S. Consular Agency – Haifa. The ties between the United States of America and Israel began in 1949 following Israel’s independence on May 14, 1948. The United States was the first country to acknowledge Israel’s liberation and the two countries have since remained reliable allies to each other.

Currently leading the promotion of U.S. welfare and strengthening of the U.S.’s bilateral relationship with Israel is Ambassador David Melech Friedman. All three of his offices are committed to serving U.S. citizens in Israel and offer a wide-range of consular and citizenship services. However, each one is location specific, providing support only to visitors who are residing within their city limit. Jerusalem processes requests from Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza; Haifa for residents of the Haifa area; and regions outside the above mentioned are directed to the Tel Aviv office. All requests are by appointment only except for emergency assistance requests.

The consulates are open Monday to Friday, excluding U.S. and local holidays, and the 1st Wednesday of every month.

Stay informed on Israel’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

JORDAN

U.S. Embassy Amman

Address: Al-Umayyaween Street, Abdoun neighborhood, Amman 11118, Jordan

Telephone: +(962) (6) 590-6000

Emergency Telephone: +(962) (6) 590-6500

Fax: +(962) (6) 592-4102

Email: Amman-ACS@state.gov

The U.S Embassy in Jordan is located in Amman. The United States of America and Jordan have a six decade-long diplomatic relationship since its establishment in 1949. The two countries remain strong partners to each other despite all the complexities surrounding the Middle East.

Led by Chargé d’Affaires Henry Wooster, the embassy in Amman provides various consular and citizenship information and assistance to both Jordanian and U.S. citizens in Jordan. All routine services are handled by the Consular Section of the embassy during business hours every Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. The office is closed on every last Thursday of the month, and during U.S. and local holidays. Services are by appointment only and can be scheduled through the American Citizens Service Appointment page.

Jordan on its own is a peaceful and calm country; the volatile situation in its neighbor countries however, disturbs the assurance of utter security in the land. The U.S. Department of State encourages its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting Jordan and refrain from traveling to the regions close to its borders with Syria and Iraq.

Stay informed on Jordan’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

KENYA

U.S. Embassy Nairobi

Address: United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: +(254) (20) 363-6451

Emergency Telephone: +(254) (20) 363-6170

Email: kenya_acs@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Kenya is located in Nairobi. The ties between the two countries were established in 1964, immediately after Kenya’s independence on December 1963. The United States of America and Kenya have long relished an amicable and strategic alliance – which is being continued by Ambassador Robert Godec as he currently leads the Nairobi office.

All consular emergency and non-emergency services are handled by the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit under the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. Appointments are requested at the U.S. Department of State website. Depending on the services being requested, make sure that all necessary documents are prepared before scheduling.

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid travel in the Kenya- Somalia border due to terrorism, and the areas of Mombasa and Eastleigh due to heightened crime, especially at night.

Stay informed on Kenya’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

LEBANON

U.S. Embassy Beirut

Address: Jmeil Street, Awkar, Beirut, Lebanon

Telephone: +(961) 4-542600 - 543600

Emergency Telephone: +(961) 4-543600

Fax: +(961) 4-544209

Email: BeirutACS@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon is in Beirut. The United States of America and Lebanon have had an eventful history together since the establishment of their diplomatic ties in 1833. Nonetheless, the two countries continue to endure and keep the relationship despite the outside factors that sporadically create rifts between the two.

Elizabeth Richard is the currently U.S. Ambassador in Lebanon. She was appointed in May 17, 2016, following her almost three years of service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for U.S. Assistance. The consulate in Beirut offers a varied menu of emergency and non-emergency services. They entertain requests from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, except during U.S. and local holidays. Emergency situations, however, are accommodated regardless of the standard business hours.

Currently, Lebanon is facing numerous internal and external security threats that endanger both locals and U.S. citizens in the country. The U.S. Department of State advises against any travel to Lebanon particularly in the regions close to the borders with Syria and Israel.

Stay informed on Kenya’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

LIBYA

U.S. Embassy Tunis

Address: North East Zone, Les Berges du Lac, 1053 Tunis, Tunisia

Telephone: +(216) 71-107-000, press 0 and ask for the Libya Office consular officer.

Emergency Telephone: +(216) 71-964-360

Fax: +(961) 4-544209

Email: LibyaACS@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Libya used to be in Tripoli. The U.S. government decided to suspend its operations due to the volatile and unpredictable situation in the country. The United States of America and Libya established their diplomatic relations in 1951 succeeding Libya’s independence. The two countries worked together until Libya’s authoritarian ruler, Muammar Gaddafi, began funding terrorism activities against the United States in 1979. The United States retaliated by severing its diplomatic ties with Libya and since then, the relationship between the two deteriorated further.

The U.S. Department of State seriously advises all of its citizens who are still in Libya to evacuate immediately and avoid any more travel to the country. Libya is currently one of the Level 4 countries in the new U.S. Travel Advisory system due to widespread crime, civil unrest, terrorism, and armed conflict.

At present, all consular services for U.S. citizens in Libya are entertained in the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. The office is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Emergency consular requests are handled by the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit the whole day, by appointment; but calls are entertained only from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Stay informed on Libya’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

MAURITANIA

U.S. Embassy Nouakchott

Address: 288, rue 42-100, (rue Abdallaye), BP 222, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Telephone: +(222) 4525-2660

Emergency Telephone: +(222) 3662-8163

Fax: (222) 4525-1592

Email: ConsularNKC@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Mauritania is located in Nouakchott. The United States of America and Mauritania had a cordial relationship following Mauritania’s independence in 1960. The two had a short hiatus when Mauritania broke ties with the United States during the Six-Day War in 1967. Two years later, the diplomatic relationship was restored, but was again challenged in the late 1980s until the 1990s due to Mauritania’s aggravating internal turmoil and participation in slavery and human rights abuses.

The two countries are now back in friendly relations, with the United States supporting Mauritania’s transition to democracy. Under the direction of Chargé d’Affaires Irvin Hicks Jr., the Nouakchott office is working to better the economic, political, and cultural relations between Mauritania and the United States while ensuring the wellbeing and safety of Mauritians and U.S. citizens in the country.

The office offers a myriad of emergency and non-emergency services to assist U.S. citizens in any consular or citizenship needs they may have while in Mauritania. Open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Fridays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Mauritania is currently facing a number of threats, so the U.S. government is advising its citizens to reconsider all travel to Mauritania. Stay informed on Mauritania’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

MALI

U.S. Embassy Bamako

Address: ACI 2000, Rue 243, Porte 297, Bamako, Mali

Telephone: +(223) 2070-2300

Emergency Telephone: +(223) 2070-2340

Fax: (222) 4525-1592

Email: ACSBamako@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Mali is located in Bamako. Presently under the direction of Ambassador Paul Folmsbee, the office aims to stick and continue with the missions set by the two countries as it preserves the strong alliance they have long been experiencing.

The consulate offers U.S. citizens in Mali all emergency and non-emergency services through the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit that operates five (5) days a week; whole day every Monday to Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, and half day on Fridays from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Note that the embassy is close during U.S. and local holidays.

Mali is currently in the U.S. Do Not Travel list for U.S. citizens due to the aggravating situation of crime and terrorism within and outside of the country. The U.S. government will not be able to provide emergency assistance to its citizens in certain parts of Mali as even U.S. government employees are given restrictions to ensure their safety.

Stay informed on Mali’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

MEXICO

U.S. Embassy Bamako

Address: Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, D.F., Mexico C.P., 06500

Telephone: 011-52-55-5080-2000

Emergency Telephone: 01-55-5080-2000, ext. 0

Fax: 011-52-55-5080-2201

Email: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov

The United State has one U.S. Embassy, nine Consulate General, and ten Consular Agent offices in Mexico:

Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juárez

Address: Paseo de la Victoria #3650, Fracc. Partido Senecu, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México

Telephone: (011) (52) (656) 227-3000

Emergency Telephone: (01) (656) 227-3000 (within Mexico) / 227-3000 (within Ciudad Juarez) / 011- 52 (656) 227-3000 (from U.S.)

Email: CDJSCS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara

Address: Progreso 175, Col. Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Telephone: (01-33 ) 3268-2100 (from Mexico) / 011-52-33-3268-2100 (from U.S.)

Emergency Telephone: (01-33) 3268-2145 (from Mexico) / 011-52-33-3268-2145 (from U.S)

Fax: (01-33 ) 3826-6549 (from Mexico) / 011-52-33-3826-6549 (from U.S.)

Email: acsgdl@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo

Address: Monterrey #141 entre las calles, Rosales y Galeana, Col. Esqueda, C.P. 83000, Hermosillo, Sonora, México

Telephone: 01-662-289-3500 (from Mexico) / 011-52-662-289-3500 (from U.S.)

Emergency Telephone: 044-662-256-0741 (local calls) / 045-662-256-0741 (within Mexico) / +52-1-662-256-0741 (international)

Email: hermoacs@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Matamoros

Address: Calle Primera #2002, Colonia Jardín, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México 87330

Telephone: 011-52-(868)-812-4402

Emergency Telephone: (01) (868) 812 44 02 (within Mexico) / 812 44 02 (within Matamoros) / 011-52-868 812 44 02 (from U.S.)

Fax: 52 868 816- 08 83 (within Mexico) / 816-08-83 (within Matamoros) / 011-52-868 816 08 83 (from U.S.)

Email: MatamorosUSCitizens@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Merida

Address: Calle 60 No. 338-K x 29 y 31, Col. Alcala Martin Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 97050

Telephone: From the U.S. 011-52-999-942-5700 / within Mexico 01-999-942-5700 / within Merida 942-5700

Emergency Telephone: 011-52-999-942-5700 (from the U.S.) / 01-999-942-5700 (within Mexico) / 942-5700 (within Merida)

Fax: 011-52-999-942-5758 (from the U.S.)

Email: AskMeridaACS@state.gov

The Consulate in Merida provides consular services for the three Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, and Campeche.

U.S. Consulate General Monterrey

Address: Ave. Constitución 411 Pte. Monterrey, Nuevo León. México 64000

Telephone: (81) 8047-3100

Emergency Telephone: (81)8362-9126 (from Mexico) / 011-52-1-81-8362-9126 (from the U.S.)

Fax: (81) 8342-5433

Email: MonterreyACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Nogales

Address: Calle San José s/n Fraccionamiento los Alamos, C. P. 84065 Nogales, Sonora, Mexico

Telephone: (52)-(631)-311-8150

Emergency Telephone: (521)-(631)-318-0723

Fax: (52)-(631)-313-4652

Email: nogalesACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Nuevo Laredo

Address: Calle Allende 3330, Col. Jardin, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Telephone: From Mexico: (867) 714-0512, ext. 3128 (If calling from the U.S., dial 01152 before the number)

Emergency Telephone: 01-55-5080-2000 ext. 0

Fax: (867) 714-0512, ext. 3197 (from Mexico) / 011-52-867-714-0512, ext. 3197 (from U.S.)

Email: NuevoLaredo-ACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate Tijuana

Address: Paseo de las Culturas s/n, Mesa de Otay, Delegación Centenario C.P. 22425, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Telephone: (664) 977-2000 (Dialing from the U.S. 011-52 + phone number)

Emergency Telephone: 001 (619) 692-2154 (from Mexico) / (619) 692-2154 (from the U.S.)

Email: ACSTijuana@state.gov

Consular Agencies

U.S. Consular Agent - Acapulco

Address: Hotel Continental Emporio, Costera M. Alemán 121 - Office 14, Acapulco, Gro. 39670, Mexico

Telephone: (011)(52)(744) 481-0100 or (011)(52)(744) 484-0300

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

Fax: (52) (744) 484-0300

Schedule: Monday – Friday: 9:00am. – 2:00pm.

U.S. Consular Agent – Los Cabos

Address: Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San José del Cabo, B.C.S. 23406, Mexico

Telephone: (624) 143-3566

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana.

Schedule: Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

U.S. Consular Agent – Cancun

Address: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH, Torre La Europea, Despacho 301, Cancún, Quintana Roo, México

Telephone: (011)(52)(999) 942-5700

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Merida.

Fax: (998) 883-1373

Email: ConAgencyCancun@state.gov

Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (appointment is required for all services)

U.S. Consular Agent - Cozumel

Telephone: (011)(52)(999) 942 5700

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Merida.

A U.S. Consular Agent only serves the island of Cozumel.

U.S. Consular Agent – Mazatlán

Address: Playa Gaviotas No. 202, Zona Dorada, Mazatlán, Sinaloa 82110, México

Telephone: (011)(52)(818) 047-3145

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo.

Email: ConAgencyMazatlan@state.gov

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

U.S. Consular Agent - Oaxaca

Address: Macedonio Alcala No. 407, Office 20, Oaxaca, Oax. 68000, Mexico

Telephone: (011)(52)(951)514-3054 or (011)(52)(951) 516-2853

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

Fax: (52) (951) 516-2701

Schedule: Monday – Thursday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

U.S. Consular Agent – Piedras Negras

Address: Abasolo #211, Local #3 Centro, 26000 Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

Telephone: (011)(52)(878) 782-5586 or (011)(52)(878) 782-8664

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo.

Fax: (52) (878) 782-8707

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Email: NuevoLaredo-ACS@state.gov

U.S. Consular Agent - Playa del Carmen

(An extension of the Consulate in Merida)

Address: Plaza Progreso, Local 33, Carretera Federal Puerto Juarez-Chetumal, Mz. 293 Lt1., Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo C.P. 77710

Phone: (52)(999) 942-5700

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (appointment is required for all services)

E-mail: ConAgencyPlayadelC@state.gov

U.S. Consular Agent - Puerto Vallarta

Address: Paseo de Los Cocoteros 85 Sur Paradise Plaza - Local L-7, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit C.P, Mexico

Telephone: (011)(52)(322) 222-0069

U.S. Consular Agent - San Miguel de Allende

Address: Dr. Hernandez Macías No. 72, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Telephone: (011)(52)(81) 8047-3145

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

Fax: (52) (415) 152-1588

Schedule: Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Email: ConAgencySanMiguel@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico is located in Mexico City. It is the main of the nine consulates and ten agencies that that the United States have in Mexico. Ambassador Roberta Jacobson heads all the U.S. offices in the country. She was appointed on April 28, 2018 after serving as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2012 to 2016.

All the embassy and consulates in Mexico is composed of various sections working together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of U.S. citizens in the country and preserve the good ties with the host country and its people. A variety of consular services are available in all the U.S. office in Mexico with usual business hours from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, but may vary depending on some local event where the consulate is located. Refer to the embassy and consulate list for the exact business hours of each office.

Currently, the increased criminality all over Mexico has increased the risks posed to visitors that the U.S. State Department encourages its citizens to exercise increased caution when visiting the country.

Stay informed on Mexico’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

NIGER

U.S. Embassy Niamey

Address: Rue des Ambassades, P.O. Box 11 201, Niamey, Niger Republic

Telephone: +(227) 20-72-26-61

Emergency Telephone: +(227) 20-72-31-41 or 99-49-90-66

Email: consulateniamey@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Niger is in Niamey. The diplomatic relationship between the United States and Niger began in 1960, soon after the latter’s liberation from France. The United States’ intention for Niger is to help improve the country’s stability in terms of politics and economy, as well as promote human rights and good governance.

Aside from working on improving the social, political, and cultural relations of Niger and the United States, the embassy is also focused on the wellbeing and security of U.S. citizens in Niger due to the increasing threats of crime and terrorism in the country. The U.S. government’s efforts and mission in Niger are being directed by Ambassador Eric Whitaker.

Whitaker and his office offer a full range of emergency and non-emergency assistance that they usually accommodate from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays. The embassy is closed during U.S. and local holidays but during emergency situations, U.S. citizens will be accommodated regardless of the standard business hours; simply call the embassy emergency hotlines. All non-emergency services are by appointment only and can be scheduled on the American Citizen Services page.

Note that the U.S. government has limited ability to provide support and assistance to its citizens in Niger, particularly the remote and rural areas of the country.

Stay informed on Niger’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

NIGERIA

U.S. Embassy Abuja

Address: 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, Abuja, Nigeria

Telephone: +(234)(9) 461-4328

Emergency Telephone: +(234)(9) 461-4000

Email: abujaACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Lagos

Address: 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Telephone: +(234)(1) 460-3600

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(234)(1) 460-3400

Fax: +(234)(1) 261-2218

Email: LagosACS@state.gov

The main U.S. Embassy in Nigeria is located in Abuja while another consulate is in Lagos. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington spearheads U.S. missions in Nigeria with the help of Deputy Chief of Mission David Young, and Consul General F. John Bray, who heads the Lagos office.

The U.S. offices in Nigeria provide consular and citizenship services to U.S. citizens in Nigeria through the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the Consular Section. Services range from passport processing and renewals, notarials, document authentications, as well as assistance on deaths abroad, arrests, abduction, and serious violence. The ACS operates on weekdays from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm; except on Fridays when office hours are only until 11:30 am, and U.S and local holidays. All non-emergency services are by appointment only to ensure efficient and organized service.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to reconsider travel to Nigeria due to the escalating security risk in the region brought by crime, terrorism, and piracy.

Stay informed on Nigeria’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

NORTH KOREA

Embassy of Sweden Pyongyang

Address: Munsu-Dong District, Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Telephone: +(850) (2) 3817 485 (reception)

Emergency Telephone: 24/7: From within the U.S. 1-888-407-4747 / From outside the U.S.

1-202-501-4444

Fax: +(850) (2) 3817 663

Email: Ambassaden.pyongyang@gov.se

The United States of America does not hold any consulate in North Korea as the two countries do not have a diplomatic or consular relationship. With that, the United States has no means to provide support and assistance to its citizens in North Korea regardless of the severity of the situation. The U.S. Department of State strongly advises its citizens to refrain from traveling to North Korea as the North Korean government have the tendency to arbitrarily arrest and detain U.S. citizens without notifying the U.S. government.

All support and consular services to U.S. citizens in North Korea goes through the Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang.

PAKISTAN

U.S. Embassy Islamabad

Address: Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5 Islamabad, Pakistan

Telephone: +(92)(51) 201-4000 or +(92)(51)201-5000

Emergency Telephone: 24/7: +(92)(51) 201-4000

Fax: +(92)(51) 282-2632

Email: ACSIslamabad@state.gov

Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Karachi

Address: Plot 3-5 New TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road, Karachi, Pakistan

Telephone: +(92)(21) 3527-5000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(92)(21) 3527-5000

Fax: +(92)(21) 3561-2420

Email: ACSKarachi@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Lahore

Address: 50, Shahrah-e-Abdul Hameed Bin Badees, Lahore, Pakistan

Telephone: +(92)(42) 3603-4000

Fax: +(92)(42) 3603-4212

Email: acslahore@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar

Address: 11 Hospital Road, Peshawar Cantt.20

Telephone: +(92)(91) 526-8800

Fax: +(92)(91) 527-6712

The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan is located in Islamabad while three other consulates are scattered in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. The bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United States were established on October 20, 1947 following Pakistan’s independence. At present, the relationship between the two countries is on life support after Pakistan’s foreign minister opted to attend the meeting with Russia, China, and Turkey instead of its scheduled visit to Washington late last year.

Nonetheless, the U.S. government continues ties, support, and operation in Pakistan under the leadership of Ambassador David Hale.

All U.S. offices in Pakistan provide citizenship services and consular assistance to U.S. citizens via the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit Pakistan. Open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, except on U.S. and local holidays.

With the current situation in Pakistan and its neighbor countries, the U.S. government continues to advise its citizens to reconsider travel in the country.

Stay informed on Pakistan’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

PERU

U.S. Embassy Lima

Address: Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n, Surco, Lima 33, Peru

Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000

Fax: +(51)(1) 618-2724

Email: LimaACS@state.gov

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agency - Cusco

Address: Av. El Sol 449, Suite #201, Cusco, Peru

Telephone: +(51)(84) 231-474

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51) 984-621-369

Fax: +(51)(84) 245-102

Email: CuscoACS@state.gov

The United States has an embassy and a consulate in Peru. The offices are in charge of the consular services in the country and performs all consulate duties to both citizens of Peru and the United States. The diplomatic relations between the two nations was established in 1826, but it was in 1920 that the embassy in Peru was inaugurated.

Office hours start at 8:00 am and end at 4:00 pm, Mondays to Fridays, except for US and Peruvian holidays. The consulate services US citizens with non-emergency concerns such as passport renewal, federal benefits, and social security. Passport processing is available via appointment and the office is open from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Emergency assistance concerns are accepted by email during business hours or via their hotline after business hours. Visa appointments are accepted for both immigrants and non-immigrants. Applicants can secure their slots through the embassy’s website.

In August 3, 2017, Krishna R. Urs obtained the position of the United States Ambassador in Peru. Urs has notable contributions as Charge d’Affaires in Bolivia and as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States of America Embassy in Madrid, among others.

Travelers and locals who travel during the night are advised to exercise utmost caution due to crimes. Drug trafficking is also prominent in a number of areas such as the Valley of the Rivers Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro (The VRAEM).

Stay informed on Peru’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

PHILIPPINES

U.S. Embassy Manila

Address: 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines 1000

Telephone: +(63) (2) 301-2000 x2246 and x2567

Emergency Telephone: +(63) (2) 301-2000 x0

Fax: +(63) (2) 301-2017

Email: acsinfomanila@state.gov

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agency - Cebu City

Address: Ground Level, Waterfront Hotel, Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines 6000

Telephone: (63)(32) 231-1261

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila: +(63)(2) 301-2000 x0

Fax: +(63) (32) 231-0174

Email: ACSInfoCebu@state.gov

Strong diplomatic ties between the two countries is exemplified by the involvement of the US with the different functions of the Philippine government: political, military, and administrative. The embassy was erected in the country’s capital, Manila, and has offices to cater to diplomatic issues such as the Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans residing in the Philippines, and the Department of Justice Attaché that is focused on settling criminal affairs.

The United States of America has an embassy and a consular agency in the Philippines that accommodates all consular and citizenship needs of U.S. citizens in the country. All concerns are entertained through the embassy hotline (+632) 301-2000 during office hours 7:30 am to 4:30 pm from Mondays to Thursdays, except on US Federal and Philippine holidays. Passport and citizenship concerns are entertained by booking an appointment on the US Embassy website, while walk-ins are accepted for emergency passport services such as lost and stolen passports. US Citizens who need immediate assistance can contact the emergency hotline (+632) 301-2000 ext. 2246 or 2567. Visa applications can be accomplished by setting an appointment online.

The U.S. Embassies in the Philippines are headed by Ambassador Sung Kim. Kim started office as the US Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines in 2016 after being the US envoy in the Republic of Korea. His contributions to international affairs encompass his involvements as the Special Representative for North Korea Policy, and as the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks with the level of Ambassador.

Geographically, natural disasters (e.g. typhoons and volcanic events) may occur and terrorism is a major issue being addressed in some parts of the country. Increased caution is advised by the US government.

Stay informed on the Philippines’ security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

SOUTH SUDAN

Embassy of Sweden Pyongyang

Address: Munsu-Dong District, Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Telephone: +(850) (2) 3817 485 (reception)

Emergency Telephone: 24/7: From within the U.S. 1-888-407-4747 / From outside the U.S.

1-202-501-4444

Fax: +(850) (2) 3817 663

Email: Ambassaden.pyongyang@gov.se

The consulate in Juba was established in 2005, the same year when a decades-long civil war reached a peace agreement. Years later, in 2011, when South Sudan gained liberty from Sudan, the US-South Sudan diplomatic relations progressed to Embassy level.

Situated in the capital, the U.S. Embassy in South Sudan offers services to U.S. Citizens Mondays to Thursdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Fridays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, excluding South Sudan and US holidays. Non-emergency transactions are received only by booking an appointment using the embassy website, including passport-related concerns and document authentication services. Walk-ins are accepted for emergency cases, such as lost passports, on Mondays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Visas are currently unavailable at the US Embassy in South Sudan. Applicants are advised to set an appointment at the U.S Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

The U.S. Embassy in South Sudan is led by Michael K. Morrow who assumed office as the Charge D’affaires in August 2017. His notable works in international affairs include being the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and later becoming the Chief of Staff to the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.

Armed conflicts are prevalent in the country with clashes among political and ethnic groups with which the South Sudanese can easily gain access to firearms and other weapons. The U.S. Embassy recommends civilians to avoid traveling to South Sudan.

Stay informed on South Sudan’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

SUDAN

U.S. Embassy Khartoum

Address: Kilo 10, Soba, Khartoum, Sudan

Telephone: +249-187-0-22000

Emergency Telephone: +249-187-0-22000

Email: ACSKhartoum@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Sudan located in Khartoum, is responsible for all consulate-related concerns in the country. Located in Khartoum, one of the embassy’s primary mission in Sudan is to foster better bilateral relations between the two countries.

Office hours of the embassy are from Sundays to Thursdays 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, excluding Sudanese and U.S. holidays. For all consular services, including emergency passport processing concerns, U.S. citizens are requested to book an appointment using the online system. Depending on the visa type applied for, certain documents are mandatory, and for all visa applications, setting an appointment is required.

Inquiries may be routed to the email addresses specified on the website. Issues and concerns that need immediate attention are entertained by the embassy hotline (+249)187022000.

Appointed as the Chargé d'Affaires in Sudan, Steven Koutsis had performed duties as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Burkina Faso and as team Leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in one of the provinces in Iraq prior to his current position.

Sudan is currently conflicted with terrorism and civil unrest. With that, the U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider entering Sudan. At present, even U.S. government officials are restricted from travelling outside Khartoum.

Stay informed on Sudan’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

SAUDI ARABIA

U.S. Embassy Riyadh

Address: Abdullah Ibn Hudhafah As Sahmi Street, Roundabout no. 9, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +(966) (11) 488-3800

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(966) (11) 488-3800

Fax: (966) (11) 488-7670

Email: RiyadhACS@state.gov

Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Dhahran

Address: Between KFUPM and King Abdulaziz Airbase, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +(966) (13) 330-3200

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(966) (13) 330-3200

Fax: (966) (13) 330-6816

Email: DhahranACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Jeddah

Address: Falasteen Street intersecting with Al-Andalus Street, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +(966) (12) 667-0080

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(966) (12) 667-0080

Fax: (966) (12) 669-3098

Email: JeddahACS@state.gov

Common interests fuel the strengthened ties of the United States and Saudi Arabia, with diplomatic relations that started as early as 1940. Primarily located in Jeddah, the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia was transferred to Riyadh in 1952. Aside from the Embassy, the United States has two more Consulate General offices in the country that are situated in Jeddah and Dhahran.

The Embassy and Consulates General offices are open daily from Sunday to Thursday, except during Saudi and U.S. holidays. Appointments are mandatory for visa applications. Visa interviews at the Embassy are entertained during business days for non-immigrants (8:00 am – 11:00 am) and immigrants (12:30 pm – 3:00 pm); Jeddah is open for visa interviews from 7:00 am – 11:30 am, Sundays-Thursdays. Passport applications should be completed on the Embassy website prior to the in-person interview. Duty officers are available 24/7 for emergency-related concerns, and the ACS units can be contacted in Riyadh (+966 11 4883800), Jeddah (+966 12 6670080) and Dhahran (+966 13 3303200).

Christopher Henzel is in charge of the US Embassy in Riyadh. Prior to his appointment, he had immersed himself in Arab and Muslim countries where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé in Bahrain, and head of the Mosul provincial reconstruction office. Henzel, alongside Rachna S. Korhonen and Matthias Mitman, are the consulate generals for Dhahran and Jeddah, respectively.

Travel to Saudi Arabia requires increased caution as terrorist groups are present along the border shared with Yemen. Chances of attacks in public areas are very likely while armed groups in Yemen continue to plot and prepare missiles that may enter Riyadh and Jeddah.

Stay informed on Saudi Arabia’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

SOMALIA

U.S. Embassy Kenya

Address: United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: (254) (20) 363-6000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (254) (20) 363-6170

Fax: (254) (20) 363-6410

Email: kenya_acs@state.gov

The United States of America currently does not have any form of diplomatic institution in the country due to the ongoing conflicts. From 1960 to 1991, the U.S. Embassy stood in its capital, Mogadishu. The start of the Somali Civil War, however, marked the cessation of the Embassy compound.

Consulate services cease to exist as of writing; hence, U.S. Citizens in Somalia are advised to visit the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya or Djibouti.

Instated as the United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia, Stephen M. Schwartz leads the diplomatic mission in the country. Prior to his assignment as an ambassador in June 2016, Schwartz was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Lusaka, Zambia, and acted as the deputy director of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Events of violence, including terrorism, are widespread throughout the country. Piracy is also common in the waters surrounding Horn of Africa. Private U.S. Citizens and travelers are warned to avoid passing through Somalia.

Stay informed on Somalia’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

SYRIA

U.S. Embassy Amman

Address: Al-Umayyaween Street, Abdoun neighborhood, Amman 11118, Jordan

Telephone: +(962) (6) 590-6000

Emergency Telephone: +(962) (6) 590-6500

Fax: +(962) (6) 592-4102

Email: Amman-ACS@state.gov

U.S. Embassy Beirut

Address: Jmeil Street, Awkar, Beirut, Lebanon

Telephone: +(961) 4-542600 - 543600

Emergency Telephone: +(961) 4-543600

Fax: +(961) 4-544209

Email: BeirutACS@state.gov

U.S. Embassy Prague

Address: Tržiště 15, 118 01 Praha 1 - Malá Strana, Czech Republic

Telephone: +(420) 257-022-000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(420) 257-022-000

Fax: +(420) 257-022-809

Email: ACSPrg@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria has been suspended until further notice since February 2012.

Consulate services for locals and U.S. Citizens are unavailable in the country. The U.S. Interests Section of the Czech Embassy is accessible in Damascus where U.S. passport applications and requests for citizenship are being entertained. Note that consular services in this area is limited and may require more processing time; thus, it is suggested to visit the nearest embassies in Amman, Jordan or Beirut, Lebanon. For visas, Syrians may route their applications to the U.S. Embassies in Jordan or Lebanon, and an in-person interview is mandatory. Emergency consular services should be directed to the embassies in the neighboring countries as the Czech Embassy in Syria does not offer assistance to concerns requiring immediate attention.

Michael Ratney was appointed in July 2015 as the Special Envoy of the United States of America to Syria. Prior to his appointment, Ratney’s work in the international affairs includes having served as the U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, and as the Spokesman for the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, with the primary focus on the Middle East countries’ U.S. foreign policies.

Extremism is common in Syria. The U.S. government does not suggest traveling to Syria as the current situation in the country poses major security and safety issues.

Stay informed on Syria’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

TUNISIA

U.S. Embassy Tunis

Address: North East Zone, Les Berges du Lac, 1053 Tunis, Tunisia

Telephone: +(216) 71-107-000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 71-107-000, press 0 and ask for the duty officer

Fax: +(216) 71964-360

Email: tunisacs@state.gov

The United States and Tunisia have been celebrating 200 years of strong bilateral relations since the country’s establishment in 1797. Primarily solidified with The Treaty of Peace and Friendship, both nations have mutually expressed support during each country’s proclamations of independence: United States in 1776 and Tunisia in 1956. The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia is located in Les Berges du Lac, Tunis.

The embassy is open Mondays to Thursdays, excluding Tunisian and US holidays, from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm in winter, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm on summers, and 8:00 am to 3:00 pm during Ramadan. Non-urgent, citizenship-related, tax filing, and document authentication services are offered by the consulate. Passport processing transactions require filing an appointment prior to the embassy visit; filing for emergency cases is possible without an appointment. Duty officers are available by contacting (+216) 71-107-000. The office is also accepting visa applications by appointment and is answering visa inquiries over the phone (+216) 74 61 78 20, from Mondays to Thursdays at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There are information sessions on leadership and corruption conducted by the embassy. See embassy website for more details.

Ambassador Daniel H. Rubinstein is the United States Ambassador to Tunisia since 2015. Rubinstein’s credentials include his appointment as U.S. Special Envoy to Syria and his contributions in international affairs in Jerusalem, Jordan and Egypt, among others.

Terrorism is present in Tunisia. The U.S. Department of State recommends U.S. and non-U.S. civilians to exercise caution when in the country. Especially avoid crossing the Libyan border due to progressing civil unrest.

Stay informed on Tunisia’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

TURKEY

U.S. Embassy Ankara

Address: 110 Atatürk Blvd.m Kavaklidere, 06100 Ankara, Turkey

Telephone: +(90) (312) 455-5555

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(90) (312) 455-5555

Fax: +(90) (312) 466-5684

Contact American Citizen Services Ankara

Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul

Address: Poligon Mahallesi, Sarıyer Caddesi No: 75, İstinye 34460 Sarıyer- Istanbul, Turkey

Telephone: +(90)(212) 335-9000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(90)(212) 335-9000

Fax: +(90) (212) 335-9102

Contact American Citizen Services Istanbul

U.S. Consulate Adana

Address: Girne Bulvari No. 212, Güzelevler Mahallesi, Yüreğir, Adana, Turkey

Telephone: +(90)(322) 455-4100

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(90)(322) 455-4100

Fax: +(90)(322) 455-4141

Contact American Citizen Services Adana

U.S. Consular Agent - Izmir

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(90) (312) 455-5555

Email: Izmir@state.gov

The main U.S. Embassy in Turkey is located in Ankara. Aside from it, the United States also maintains three more consulates in the country, placed in Istanbul, Adana, and Izmir. The American-Turkish diplomatic relations has long started since the 18th century, and was cemented with the Economic and Technical Cooperation agreement in 1927.

American Citizen Services (ACS) units in Turkey are available Mondays through Fridays from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm. The office honors requests for visa, passport and citizenship applications. Passport processing services, unless urgent, are expected to be filed using the online Passport Wizard prior to the in-person visit at the Embassy. Reports for emergencies involving U.S. Citizens can be relayed via phone number (+90) 212 335 9000 outside of office hours. The ACS unit, however, is not accepting queries for both non-immigrant and immigrant visas. Citizens applying for visas may contact +90 (850) 390-2884 for inquiries.

Philip Kosnett is the appointed Chargé d’Affaires by the United States in Turkey and was previously the Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara. Mainly focused on political reconciliation and security cooperation, his career took him to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, The Netherlands, Uzbekistan, Japan, and Iceland. With these, he became a recipient of prestigious awards such as Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, and the Department of the Army Medal for Outstanding Civilian Service.

Travelers in Turkey are cautioned of suspicious activities and unexpected attacks in public venues due to terrorism. The U.S. Department of State warns its citizens to avoid taking part on huge public gatherings and to exercise necessary precautions when traveling.

Stay informed on Turkey’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.

VENEZUELA

U.S. Embassy Caracas

Address: Calle F con Calle Suapure, Urb. Colinas de Valle Arriba, Caracas, Venezuela 1080

Telephone: +(58) (212) 975-6411

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(58) (212) 907-8400

Fax: +(58) (212) 907-8199

Email: ACSVenezuela@state.gov

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agent - Maracaibo

Address: Calle 77 (5 de Julio) Con Avenida 3F No. 3F-13, Sector Valle Frío, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Caracas +(58) (212) 907-8400

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Caracas +(58) (212) 907-8400

Fax: +(58) (212) 907-8199

Email: MaracaiboConsularAgent@state.gov

The United States holds two offices in Venezuela, one is the U.S. Embassy Caracas, and the other is the U.S. Consular Agent-Maracaibo. Diplomatic relations between United States and Venezuela achieved embassy status in 1939. Based in Caracas, the embassy compound comprises of the different agencies that focus on upholding and deepening the ties between the two countries. The consulate caters to all regions of Venezuela.

The embassy is open Mondays through Fridays at 08:00 am to 05:00 pm, excluding Venezuelan and U.S. Holidays. U.S. Citizens may contact the American Citizen Service (ACS) unit during office hours by calling (+58) 212-975-6411; however, calls and inquiries received past business hours and during holidays are received by the Embassy Duty Officer (+58) 212-907-8400.

Consular services include, but are not limited to: citizenship, passports processing, and visa applications. Passport and visa applicants are required to book an appointment online. Venezuelan citizens are entitled to the Visa Waiver Program that enables them to visit the U.S. for 90 days without a visa. U.S. Citizens with lost passports are encouraged to visit the embassy from 08:00-10:30am; citizens who are in or are knowledgeable of situations requiring immediate attention, such as emergency financial assistance, abductions, and legal custodies, are requested to notify the embassy by contacting (+58) 212-907-08400.

The honorable Todd Robinson is the United States Chargé d’Affaires in Venezuela. Robinson has been involved with foreign diplomatic affairs as he was the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala from 2014 to 2017 prior to his current assignment.

Crimes and arbitrary arrests happen in Venezuela. As much as possible, U.S. Citizens should employ safety measures when traveling in and out of the country.

Stay informed on Venezuela’s security situation through the updates on the U.S. government alerts and messages page.