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Alert - Polio in Africa

2 weeks 3 days ago
Everyone should be fully vaccinated against poliovirus according to schedule. Before travel to any high-risk destination, CDC recommends that adults who previously completed the full, routine polio vaccine series receive a single, lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.

Burma (Myanmar) - Level 4: Do Not Travel

2 weeks 4 days ago

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to information on civil unrest, armed conflict, land mines and unexploded ordnance, and health resources.

Do not travel to Burma due to civil unrest and armed conflict.  Reconsider travel to Burma due to COVID-19-related restrictions and limited and/or inadequate healthcare resources.  Exercise increased caution due to wrongful detentions and areas with land mines and unexploded ordnance.

COUNTRY SUMMARY: The Burmese military detained and deposed elected government officials in the February 2021 coup d'état.  Protests and demonstrations against military rule occur.  The military often responds to these protests by arbitrarily arresting individuals and with the indiscriminate use of deadly force against protesters and bystanders.

The Department has determined that at least one U.S. national is wrongfully detained by the Burmese military regime.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services in Burma as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of Rangoon.  Minor dependents cannot accompany U.S. government employees who work in Burma.

Civil unrest and armed conflict occur throughout BurmaThe level of civil unrest and armed conflict varies significantly between and within states and regions and may change at any time.

Civil unrest and armed violence due to fighting between the Burmese military and various ethnic groups and militia occur in parts of Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Rakhine, Shan state, Sagaing, and Magway.

In Northern Shan state and parts of Chin, Kachin, and Rakhine states there are land mines and unexploded ordnance; their locations are often not marked or identifiable, and foreign travelers have been injured in the past.

The military regime arbitrarily enforces local laws, including carrying out random and wrongful detentions without due process.  U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Burma may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime.  U.S. citizens may be subject to prolonged interrogations and extended detention without due process of law.  Local law enforcement officials may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for speaking out or protesting against the military regime, including on their personal social media accounts, and for sending private electronic messages critical of the military regime.

Burma has limited and/or inadequate healthcare resources due to critical staffing shortages in the public sector health workforce.  Importation of medical supplies, including medicine, into Burma is not consistent and medical prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine may not be available.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Burma has a low level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Burma.

If you decide to travel to Burma:

  • Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning any international travel, and read the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Country Security Report for Burma.
  • Do not touch unknown metal objects and avoid traveling off well-used roads, tracks, and paths due to risk of unexploded ordnance.
  • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Make contingency plans to leave the country.
  • Review local laws and conditions before traveling.
  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Share important documents, login information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs if you are unable to return as planned to the United States. Find a suggested list of such documents here.
  • Develop a communication plan with family and/or your employer or host organization.
  • Erase any sensitive photos, comments, or other materials that could be considered controversial or provocative by local groups from your social media pages, cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices prior to travel.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Ethiopia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

2 weeks 4 days ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to “Do Not Travel” areas

Reconsider travel to Ethiopia due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas.

Do Not Travel To:

  • Tigray Region and border with Eritrea due to armed conflict, civil unrest, and crime.
  • Amhara Region due to armed conflict and civil unrest.
  • Afar Region due to armed conflict and civil unrest.
  • Border area with Somalia due to potential for terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines.
  • Border areas with Sudan, and South Sudan due to crime, kidnapping, civil unrest, and ongoing clashes between various armed groups.
  • Border areas with Kenya due to potential for terrorism and ethnically motivated violence.
  • The Wollega Zones of the Oromia Region due to violence and civil unrest.

The situation in Addis Ababa is stable. However, there is armed conflict and civil unrest in other areas of Ethiopia, and the security situation may deteriorate without warning. The U.S. Embassy is unlikely to be able to assist with departure from the country if the security situation deteriorates. Due to armed conflict and civil unrest throughout parts of Ethiopia, travel by U.S. government personnel is routinely assessed for additional restrictions. Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis.

U.S. officials have very limited consular access to U.S. citizens detained by Ethiopian authorities. The government of Ethiopia has previously restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services before, during, and after civil unrest. Telecommunication, electricity, and other public services remain largely unavailable in the Tigray region as well as other areas affected by conflict. These restrictions impede the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with and provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Ethiopia.

The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide services to U.S. citizens outside of Addis Ababa. Please contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit at AddisACS@state.gov for further information.

Read the country information page for additional information about travel to Ethiopia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Ethiopia has an unknown level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Ethiopia:

Tigray Region and Border with Eritrea – Do Not Travel

Due to armed conflict, the Tigray Region and the border with Eritrea are currently off-limits for U.S. government personnel, with limited exceptions to support humanitarian capacity efforts. Due to the current situation in Tigray, the border roads with Eritrea are closed. Conditions at the border may change with no warning.

Amhara Region – Do Not Travel 

Due to armed conflict, the Amhara Region is currently off-limits for U.S. government personnel, with limited exceptions to support humanitarian capacity and priority diplomatic engagement efforts.

Afar Region – Do Not Travel

Due to armed conflict, the Afar Region is currently off-limits for U.S. government personnel, with limited exceptions to support humanitarian capacity and priority diplomatic engagement efforts.

Border Area with Somalia – Do Not Travel

Terrorists maintain a presence in Somali towns near the Ethiopian border, presenting a risk of cross-border attacks and kidnappings. Landmines are present in this region. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to the border areas with Somalia, with limited exceptions to support humanitarian capacity efforts.

Border Areas with Sudan and South Sudan – Do Not Travel

Crime, kidnapping, the potential for ethnically motivated violence, and ongoing clashes between various armed groups exist near the Ethiopian borders with Sudan and South Sudan. This includes but is not limited to the Nuer Zone and the Jore Woreda of the Agnuak Zone in the Gambella region, and the Pawe, Guba, Dangur, Dibati, and Bulen Woredas, and the Metekel Zone in the Benishangul Gumuz region. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to the border areas of Sudan and South Sudan, with limited exceptions to support humanitarian capacity efforts.

Border Areas with Kenya – Do Not Travel

Terrorists, particularly Al-Shabaab, maintain a presence in this area, and ethnically motivated violence has been reported. This includes but is not limited to the Konso Zone and surrounding areas. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to the border areas with Kenya, with limited exceptions to support humanitarian capacity efforts.

Oromia Region – Specific Zones – Do Not Travel

The following towns and areas in Oromia due to ethnically motivated violence: Horro-Guduru Wollega, East Wollega, West Wollega, Kelem Wollega, Nekemte, Ambo, Fiche, Chiro, Negele, and Wenchi Crater Lake. 

Visit our website for advice if you decide to Travel to High-Risk Areas.

COVID-19 Unknown - COVID-19 in Dominica

2 weeks 5 days ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Dominica. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Dominica.

COVID-19 Unknown - COVID-19 in Ethiopia

2 weeks 5 days ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Ethiopia. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Ethiopia.

COVID-19 High - COVID-19 in El Salvador

2 weeks 5 days ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to El Salvador. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to El Salvador.

COVID-19 High - COVID-19 in Bangladesh

2 weeks 5 days ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Bangladesh. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Bangladesh.

Poland - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

2 weeks 5 days ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.                         

Exercise normal precautions in Poland.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Poland.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Poland has a high level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Poland:                   

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Dominica - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

2 weeks 5 days ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

 

Exercise normal precautions in Dominica.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Dominica.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Dominica has an unknown level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Dominica:

Laos - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

2 weeks 5 days ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise increased caution to Laos due to civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider travel to:

  • Xaisomboun Province due to civil unrest.

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Remote areas along the border with Burma due to crime.
  • Areas of Savannakhet, Xieng Khouang, Saravane, Khammouane, Sekong, Champassak, Houaphan, Attapeu, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane provinces, as well as along Route 7 (from Route 13 to the Vietnam border), Route 9 (Savannakhet to the Vietnam border), and Route 20 (Pakse to Saravane) due to unexploded bombs.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Laos.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Laos has an unknown  level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Laos:

Xaisomboun Province – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

There is a continued threat of violence in Xaisomboun Province.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Xiasomboun Province as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel there.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas on the Border with Burma – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Bandits, drug traffickers, and other people pursuing illegal activities operate in these areas, as do armed groups opposed to the Burmese government.

Areas of Savannakhet, Xieng Khouang, Saravane, Khammouane, Sekong, Champassak, Houaphan, Attapeu, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane provinces, as well as along Route 7 – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

There are large numbers of unexploded bombs in these areas left over from the Indochina War.

COVID-19 High - COVID-19 in Poland

2 weeks 5 days ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Poland. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Poland.

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

2 weeks 5 days ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise increased caution in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to terrorism and land mines.

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

Minefields and land mines are present throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. While suspected hazardous areas are normally clearly marked, several people are killed or injured each year.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Bosnia and Herzegovina has a high level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina:

  • Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning any international travel, and read the Embassy COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information.   
  • Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
  • Remain on hard-surfaced roads and stay out of abandoned buildings due to risks from land mines.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter
  • Review the Country Security Report for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

COVID-19 High - COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2 weeks 5 days ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina.