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Sao Tome and Principe - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

1 month ago

Exercise normal precautions in Sao Tome and Principe.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Sao Tome and Principe.

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

If you decide to travel to Sao Tome and Principe:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Russia - Level 4: Do Not Travel

1 month ago
Click Here for Important Information for U.S. Citizens Seeking to Depart Russia (Updated Daily).

Do not travel to Russia due to the unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials, the singling out of U.S. citizens in Russia by Russian government security officials including for detention, the arbitrary enforcement of local law, limited flights into and out of Russia, the Embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, COVID-19-related restrictions, and terrorism. U.S. citizens residing or travelling in Russia should depart Russia immediately.

U.S. citizens should note that U.S. credit and debit cards no longer work in Russia, and options to electronically transfer funds from the United States are extremely limited as a result of sanctions imposed on Russian banks. There are reports of cash shortages within Russia.

Limited commercial flight options and overland routes by car and bus are still open and available. If you wish to depart Russia, you should make arrangements on your own as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy has severe limitations on its ability to assist U.S. citizens, and conditions, including transportation options, may suddenly become even more limited. U.S. citizens who are able to depart Russia for another country and are in need of emergency assistance upon arrival may contact a U.S. embassy or consulate in that country.

Due to Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine, an increasing number of airlines are cancelling flights into and out of Russia, and numerous countries have closed their airspace to Russian airlines. In addition, airspace around southern Russia is restricted, and a number of airports in the area have closed. U.S. citizens located in, or considering travel to, the districts of the Russian Federation immediately bordering Ukraine should be aware that the situation along the border is dangerous and unpredictable. Given the ongoing armed conflict, U.S. citizens are strongly advised against traveling by land from Russia to Ukraine. In addition, there is the potential throughout Russia of harassment of foreigners, including through regulations targeted specifically against foreigners.

The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine or emergency services to U.S. citizens in Russia is severely limited, particularly in areas far from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, due to Russian government limitations on travel, the number of U.S. staff, and the ongoing suspension of operations, including consular services, at U.S. consulates.

On February 28, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of eligible family members and non-emergency personnel from U.S. Embassy Moscow.

Do Not Travel to:

  • The North Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, due to terrorism, kidnapping, and risk of civil unrest.
  • Crimea due to Russia’s occupation of the Ukrainian territory and abuses by its occupying authorities.

Country Summary: U.S. citizens, including former and current U.S. government and military personnel and private citizens engaged in business, who are visiting or residing in Russia have been interrogated without cause and threatened by Russian officials, and may become victims of harassment, mistreatment, and extortion. All U.S. government personnel should carefully consider their need to travel to Russia.

Russian security services have arrested U.S. citizens on spurious charges, singled out U.S. citizens in Russia for detention and/or harassment, denied them fair and transparent treatment, and have convicted them in secret trials and/or without presenting credible evidence. Russian officials may unreasonably delay U.S. consular assistance to detained U.S. citizens. Russian authorities arbitrarily enforce local laws against U.S. citizen religious workers and open questionable criminal investigations against U.S. citizens engaged in religious activity. Russian security services are increasing the arbitrary enforcement of local laws to target foreign and international organizations they consider “undesirable,” and U.S. citizens should avoid travel to Russia to perform work for or volunteer with non-governmental organizations. Russian authorities may not notify the U.S. Embassy of the detention of a U.S. citizen, and consular access to detainees may be denied or severely delayed.

Russia enforces special restrictions on dual U.S.-Russian nationals and may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, including denying access to U.S. consular assistance and preventing their departure from Russia.

The rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are not guaranteed in Russia, and U.S. citizens should avoid all political or social protests.

Terrorist groups, transnational and local terrorist organizations, and individuals inspired by extremist ideology continue plotting possible attacks in Russia. 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.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) prohibiting U.S. aviation operations into, out of, within, or over those areas of the Moscow Flight Information Region (FIR), the Samara FIR (UWWW) and the Rostov-na-Donu (URRV) FIR within 160NM of the boundaries of the Dnipro (UKDV) Flight Information Regions. For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions, and Notices.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Russia has a high 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 Russia.

If you decide to travel to Russia:

North Caucasus (including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus) – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Terrorist attacks and risk of civil unrest continue throughout the North Caucasus region, including in Chechnya, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Stavropol, Karachayevo-Cherkessiya, and Kabardino-Balkariya. Local gangs have kidnapped U.S. citizens and other foreigners for ransom. There have been credible reports of arrest, torture, and extrajudicial killing of LGBTI persons in Chechnya allegedly conducted by Chechen regional authorities.

Do not attempt to climb Mount Elbrus, as travelers must pass close to volatile and insecure areas of the North Caucasus region. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens traveling in the North Caucasus region, including Mount Elbrus, as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling to the region.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Crimea – Level 4: Do Not Travel

The international community, including the United States and Ukraine, does not recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea. There is extensive Russian Federation military presence in Crimea. Russia staged its further invasion of Ukraine, in part, from occupied Crimea, and Russia is likely to take further military actions in Crimea as part of its occupation of this part of Ukraine. There are continuing abuses against foreigners and the local population by the occupation authorities in Crimea, particularly against those who are seen as challenging their authority on the peninsula.

The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens traveling in Crimea, as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling to Crimea.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to security and health information.

Romania - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

1 month ago

Exercise normal precautions in Romania.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Romania 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 Romania:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Guyana - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

1 month ago

Reconsider travel to Guyana due to crime.

Country Summary: Violent crime, including murder and armed robbery, is common, especially at night. Local police often lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

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

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

If you decide to travel to Guyana:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Albania - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

1 month ago

Exercise increased caution in Albania due to crime.

Country Summary: Law enforcement’s ability to protect and assist travelers is limited in some areas, especially in remote regions. There has been targeted violence associated with illicit drug networks and organized crime countrywide. Travelers should remain aware of their surroundings and the extent of police and emergency services in their area.

Read the country information page for additional information to Albania.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Albania 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 Albania:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to crime and health information.

Moldova - Level 4: Do Not Travel

1 month ago

Do not travel to Moldova due to armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine, and the unresolved conflict between the breakaway region of Transnistria and the central government. U.S. citizens in Transnistria should depart immediately via commercial or private means.

On February 24, Russia’s forces attacked major Ukrainian cities, and the Ukrainian government declared a state of emergency and imposed martial law. Due to this military action, air space in Moldova has been restricted, as well as air space in Southern Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. International airlines have canceled flights to and from the region.

Transnistria – Do Not Travel

Do not travel to Transnistria due to armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine and the unresolved conflict between this breakaway region and the central government. Transnistria is a breakaway region that is not under the control of the Moldovan government in Chisinau. U.S. citizens should depart Transnistria immediately via commercial or private means. Visitors may encounter difficulties at checkpoints along roads leading into and out of Transnistria. Taking photographs of military facilities and security forces is prohibited and may result in trouble with authorities.

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

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Moldova 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 Moldova:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Saint Kitts and Nevis - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

1 month ago

Exercise normal precautions in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to St. Kitts and Nevis. 

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

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

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Belarus - Level 4: Do Not Travel

1 month ago

Do Not Travel to Belarus due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws, the risk of detentionthe Russian military attack on neighboring Ukraine, and the buildup of Russian military in Belarus along the border with Ukraine. U.S. citizens in Belarus should depart immediately via commercial or private means.

On February 28, 2022, the Department of State ordered the departure of U.S. government employees and the suspension of operations of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk. All consular services, routine and emergency, are suspended until further notice. U.S. citizens in Belarus who require consular services should try to leave the country as soon and as safely as possible and to contact a U.S. embassy or consulate in another country.

U.S. citizens in Belarus who need assistance can also call the Department of State at 1(606) 260-4379 (from outside the United States) or e-mail MinskConsular@state.gov. For inquiries from within the United States, please call 1-833-741-2777.

Due to Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine from Belarus, U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to Belarus should be aware that the situation is unpredictable and there is heightened tension in the region.  Potential harassment targeted specifically at foreigners is also possible. Given the heightened volatility of the situation, U.S. citizens are strongly advised against traveling to Belarus.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise increased awareness and vigilance regarding political and military tensions in the region. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid public demonstrations and to regularly reevaluate possible departure plans in the event of an emergency.

Country Summary: Belarusian authorities have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, for alleged affiliations with opposition parties and alleged participation in political demonstrations. U.S. citizens in the vicinity of the demonstrations have been arrested. Some have been victims of harassment and/or mistreatment by Belarusian officials. Belarusian authorities have targeted individuals associated with independent and foreign media. On May 23, 2021, Belarusian authorities forced the landing of a commercial aircraft transiting Belarusian airspace in order to arrest an opposition journalist who was a passenger.

Belarus enforces special restrictions on dual U.S.-Belarusian nationals and may refuse to acknowledge dual U.S.-Belarusian nationals’ U.S. citizenship, including denying or delaying U.S. consular assistance to detained dual nationals.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Advisory Notice to Airman (NOTAM) prohibiting all U.S. air carriers and commercial operators, U.S. airmen, and U.S. registered aircraft from operating at all altitudes in the Minsk Flight Information Region (FIR) (UMMV). For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Belarus 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 Belarus: 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Zambia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

1 month ago

Exercise normal precautions in Zambia. 

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

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

If you decide to travel to Zambia:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Togo - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

1 month ago

Exercise normal precautions in Togo.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider Travel to:

  • Northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to potential for terrorism and kidnapping.

Exercise Increased Caution in:

  • Areas north of Kande due to potential for terrorism.
  • The cities of Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango due to civil unrest.

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

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

If you decide to travel to Togo:

  • 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. 
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • 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.
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy in Togo on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Country Security Report for Togo.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Northern Border Region – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Extremist groups have carried out attacks, including kidnapping, in adjacent areas of Burkina Faso, and Benin.  Attacks may occur with little or no warning.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in areas north and northeast of the city of Dapaong as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these areas.

North of Kande – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Extremist groups have carried out attacks in nearby areas of Benin. Attacks may occur with little or no warning.

The Cities of Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

There is a history of violent demonstrations in Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango, during which protesters and security force members have been injured, and some killed.  Police have used tear gas to disperse demonstrations that caused traffic disruptions in city centers and along National Route 1, and arrested demonstrators.  Security forces have at times used excessive force to disperse crowds. Authorities have interrupted internet and cellular data services during past protests, making communication difficult and unpredictable.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Ukraine - Level 4: Do Not Travel

1 month ago

Do not travel to Ukraine due to Russian military invasion and COVID-19. U.S. citizens in Ukraine should depart immediately if it is safe to do so using any commercial or other privately available ground transportation options. U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine due to the active armed conflict and the singling out of U.S. citizens in Ukraine by Russian government security officials. All U.S. citizens should carefully monitor U.S. government notices and local and international media outlets for information about changing security conditions and alerts to shelter in place. Those remaining in Ukraine should exercise increased caution due to the potential for active combat, crime, and civil unrest. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  

U.S. citizens in Ukraine should depart immediately if it is safe to do so using any commercial or other privately available ground transportation options. U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine due to the active armed conflict and the singling out of U.S. citizens in Ukraine by Russian government security officials. All U.S. citizens should carefully monitor U.S. government notices and local and international media outlets for information about changing security conditions and alerts to shelter in place. Those remaining in Ukraine should exercise increased caution due to the potential for active combat, crime, and civil unrest. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

The security situation throughout Ukraine is highly volatile and conditions have deteriorated. U.S. citizens should remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. There are continued reports of U.S. citizens being singled out and detained by the Russian military in Ukraine and when evacuating by land through Russia-occupied territory or to Russia or Belarus. Know the location of your closest shelter or protected space. In the event of mortar or rocket fire, follow the instructions from local authorities and seek shelter immediately. If you feel your current location is no longer safe, you should carefully assess the potential risks involved in moving to a different location.

The U.S. Department of State suspended operations at U.S. Embassy Kyiv, effective February 28. All in-person consular services in Ukraine are suspended until further notice.

U.S. citizens seeking emergency assistance should email KyivACS@state.gov for assistance.   The U.S. government will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens from Ukraine. Please review what the U.S. government can and cannot do to assist you in a crisis overseas. U.S. citizens may seek consular services, including requests for repatriation loans, passports, and visa services, at U.S. embassies and consulates in neighboring countries.

On February 24, the Ukrainian government declared a state of emergency. Each province (oblast) will decide on the measures to be implemented according to local conditions. Measures could include curfews, restrictions on the freedom of movement, ID verification, and increased security inspections, among other measures. Follow any state of emergency measures imposed in your oblast.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits U.S. civil aviation from flying in Ukrainian airspace. For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices. Additionally, since February 24, when Russia’s forces began attacking major Ukrainian cities, the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and the Federal Aviation Administration have prohibited flights into, out of, and over Ukraine due to ongoing military actions.

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

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

Travel to High-Risk Areas

If you are not currently in Ukraine but choose to disregard the travel advisory not to enter Ukraine, you should consider taking the following steps prior to travel: 

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

If you are currently in Ukraine: 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to the security situation and health information

Colombia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

1 month ago

Reconsider travel due to crime and terrorism. Exercise increased caution due to civil unrest and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do Not Travel to:

  • Arauca, Cauca (except Popayán), and Norte de Santander departments due to crime and terrorism.

Country Summary: Violent crime, such as homicide, assault, and armed robbery, is widespread. Organized criminal activities, such as extortion, robbery, and kidnapping, are common in some areas.

On June 23, 2016, the Colombian government signed a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). However, the National Liberation Army (ELN), Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People’s Army (FARC-EP), and Segunda Marquetalia terrorist organizations continue plotting attacks in Colombia, and may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, police stations, military facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. While terrorists have not specifically targeted U.S. citizens, the attacks could result in unintended victims.

Demonstrations occur regularly throughout the country. Large public demonstrations can take place for a variety of political and economic issues. Demonstrations can cause the shutdown of local roads and major highways, often without prior notice or estimated reopening timelines. Road closures may significantly reduce access to public transportation and airports, and may disrupt travel both within and between cities. During nationwide protests earlier in 2021, several cities experienced vandalism, looting, and destruction. Some demonstrations have resulted in fatalities and injuries.

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

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

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

If you decide to travel to Colombia:

Arauca, Cauca, and Norte de Santander Departments – Level 4: Do Not Travel

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

Terrorist groups are active in some parts.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens as U.S. government-personnel travel to these areas is severely restricted due to security concerns.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Guatemala - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

1 month ago

Reconsider travel to Guatemala due to crime.  Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  

Do not travel to: 

  • San Marcos Department (except the city of San Marcos) due to crime
  • Huehuetenango Department (except the city of Huehuetenango) due to crime
  • Zone 18 and the city of Villa Nueva in Guatemala City due to crime.

Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, is common. Gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics trafficking, is widespread. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.  U.S. Mission personnel are prohibited from traveling to/throughout the above-mentioned areas, but are permitted to travel throughout the rest of Guatemala, including Tikal, Antigua, Lake Atitlán, and Pacific coast areas in the Santa Rosa and Escuintla departments.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Guatemala 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 Guatemala: 

  • 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.  
  • When traveling to Tikal, travel in organized groups that fly into Flores Airport.  Remain in groups, stay on the principal trails leading to the Central Plaza and Temple IV complex, and avoid remote areas of the park.
  • When traveling to Lake Atitlán, use certified tourist providers and travel between villages on the lakeshore by chartered boat, as perimeter paths pose a serious crime risk and are not easily accessible by emergency services.  Hiking in the area, while popular, is best undertaken with the assistance of a local guide to ensure safety, as criminals are known to target some routes.
  • When visiting Pacific coast beaches and resorts in the Santa Rosa and Escuintla departments, arrange travel through hotel, resort, or charter agents.  Travel to and from hotels, resorts, and fishing charters via road from Guatemala City during daylight hours only.  
  • Visitors are strongly advised to avoid swimming in the Pacific Ocean, since currents and undertows are strong, and beaches lack adequate lifeguards and emergency response.
  • Visitors should not leave drinks unattended in bars and restaurants, and are advised to decline invitations from strangers to private parties or gatherings.
  • Consider hotels that offer secure parking, doormen, and a dedicated and professional security staff. 
  • Request security escorts, available for tourist groups, from the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT). 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. 
  • Avoid walking or driving at night. 
  • Do not attempt to hike walking trails or volcanoes without the services of a qualified local guide.  Robberies are commonplace, and emergency response is lacking. 
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. 
  • Do not use public ATMs. 
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.  
  • Avoid using mobile devices in public. 
  • 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 Guatemala. 
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist

San Marcos Department – Level 4: Do Not Travel

All U.S. Mission personnel and family members are restricted from traveling to San Marcos Department for personal travel, with the exception of the city of San Marcos. Narcotics trafficking is widespread and large portions of the department are under the influence of drug trafficking organizations.  Several municipalities lack police presence and local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.  Avoid areas outside of major roads and highways.  

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.   

Huehuetenango Department – Level 4: Do Not Travel

All U.S. Mission personnel and family members are restricted from traveling to Huehuetenango Department for personal travel, with the exception of the city of Huehuetenango. Narcotics trafficking is widespread and large portions of the department are under the influence of drug trafficking organizations. Several municipalities lack police presence and local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.  Avoid areas outside of major roads and highways.  

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.   

Zone 18 and Villa Nueva within the Guatemala Department – Level 4: Do Not Travel

U.S. government personnel and family members are free to travel within Guatemala City with the exception of zone 18 and the municipality of Villa Nueva.  The following zones in Guatemala City are of elevated concern to Embassy security staff due to crime: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 17, 19, 21, and 24.  These zones do not overlap with the typical tourism and visitor areas, with the exception of Zone 13, in which Guatemala International Airport is located.  Zone 13 should be avoided unless traveling directly to and from the airport itself.  U.S. citizens should take appropriate security measures when traveling to and from the airport such as only using vetted transportation services, not displaying valuables or other signs of wealth, refrain from using mobile devices in public, and do not linger outside of the airport. U.S. citizens are advised not to hail taxis on the street in Guatemala City. Use radio-dispatched taxis (Taxi Amarillo), INGUAT approved taxis from the “SAFE” stand from the airport, hotel taxis, or vetted private drivers. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.   

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

 

Jamaica - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

1 month ago

Reconsider travel to Jamaica due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 

Do Not Travel to:

  • The below-listed areas of Clarendon Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of Hanover Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of Kingston and St. Andrew Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of Montego Bay due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of St. Ann Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of St. Catherine Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of St. James Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed area of Westmoreland Parish due to crime.

Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides, are common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Emergency services vary throughout the island, and response times may vary from U.S. standards. The homicide rate reported by the Government of Jamaica has for several years been among the highest in the Western Hemisphere. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to areas listed below, from using public buses, and from driving outside of prescribed areas of Kingston at night.

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

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

If you decide to travel to Jamaica:

Areas of Clarendon Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

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

  • All of Clarendon Parish, except passing through Clarendon Parish using the T1 and A2 highways.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of Hanover Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

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

  • Logwood and Orange Bay

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of Kingston and St. Andrew Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

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

  • Cassava Piece
  • Downtown Kingston, defined as between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads. Downtown Kingston includes Arnett Gardens, Cockburn Gardens, Denham Town, Olympic Gardens, Seaview Gardens, Trench Town, and Tivoli Gardens.
  • Duhaney Park
  • Grants Pen
  • Standpipe
  • Swallowfield
  • Elleston Flats
  • August Town

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of Montego Bay – Level 4: Do Not Travel

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

  • Canterbury
  • Flankers
  • Glendevon
  • Mount Salem
  • Norwood
  • Paradise Heights
  • Rose Heights

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of St. Ann Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

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

  • Steer Town

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of St. Catherine Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

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

  • Spanish Town
  • Central Village
  • Certain areas within Portmore to include: Naggo Head, New Land, Old Braeton, and Waterford

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of St. James Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

  • Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of St. James Parish. Do not travel to the following areas:
  • Cambridge
  • Springmount
  • Johns Hall

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of Westmoreland Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

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

  • Russia community in Savanna-la-Mar (The Southeastern quadrant of Savannah la Mar east of Darling Street and south of the A2 highway/Barracks Road)
  • The Whitehall neighborhood of east Negril

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Uganda - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

1 month ago

Reconsider travel to Uganda due to crime and terrorism.

Country summary: Terrorist groups active in Uganda have claimed responsibility for recent bombings in and near Kampala.  While the attacks do not appear to have targeted foreigners, anyone can be a victim of acts of violence.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery, home invasion, and sexual assault, can occur at any time, especially in larger cities including Kampala and Entebbe.  Local police may lack appropriate resources to respond effectively to serious crime.

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

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

If you decide to travel to Uganda:

  • 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. 
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Food and drinks should never be left unattended in public especially in local clubs.
  • Remain with a group of friends in public.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Carry a copy of your passport and visa (if applicable) and leave originals in your hotel safe.
  • 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 Uganda.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Grenada - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

1 month ago

Exercise normal precautions in Grenada.  

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Grenada 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 Grenada:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Bermuda - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

1 month ago

Exercise normal precautions in Bermuda.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Bermuda 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 Bermuda:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Saint Lucia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

1 month ago

Exercise normal precautions in Saint Lucia.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Saint Lucia. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Saint Lucia 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 Saint Lucia:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Senegal - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

1 month ago

Exercise normal precautions in in Senegal. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Exercise Increased Caution in:

  • The Casamance region due to crime and landmines.

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

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

If you decide to travel to Senegal:

Casamance Region – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

There are sporadic reports of armed banditry in the Casamance region.

Landmines from prior conflicts remain a concern in the region.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Casamance region. U.S. government employees are required to coordinate all travel to the area with security officials and any travel off the main routes generally requires additional security measures (e.g. driving in a caravan of multiple vehicles, consulting local security officials, or carrying personal travel locaters). U.S. government employees are also prohibited from travelling after dark anywhere in the Casamance region.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

South Africa - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

1 month ago

Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and civil unrest.

Country Summary:  Violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and "smash-and-grab" attacks on vehicles, is common.  There is a higher risk of violent crime in the central business districts of major cities after dark.

Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently.  These can develop quickly without prior notification, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services; such events have the potential to turn violent.

Please see our Alerts for up-to-date information.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to South Africa.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined South Africa 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 South Africa:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.