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Liberia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

2 months 2 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise increased caution in Liberia due to crime and civil unrest.

Country summary:  Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common, particularly in urban areas and on public beaches.  Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crimes.

Demonstrations occur regularly and have on occasion resulted in violence or use of tear gas by authorities.

If traveling in Liberia, make all efforts to complete your travel during daylight hours due to increased safety hazards at night.  U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling outside the capital or between counties after dark (with the exception of travel to and from Roberts International Airport).

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

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

Gabon - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

2 months 2 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise normal precautions in Gabon.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire travel advisory.

Exercise Increased Caution in:

  • Libreville and Port Gentil due to crime.

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

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

Libreville and Port Gentil – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Crimes such as robbery, vehicle break-ins, and residential burglaries are common.

Kosovo - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

2 months 2 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise increased caution due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider Travel To:

  • North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan due to the potential for civil unrest due to ethnic tensions.

Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in the Balkans region, including Kosovo. 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.

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

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

North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Tensions within and between communities in northern Kosovo remain a source of potential unrest in North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan.

Although recent unrest has been politically-related and does not involve tourists or members of the international community, bystanders can be affected.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in northern Kosovo as U.S. government employee travel to North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan is restricted.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Paraguay - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

2 months 2 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Amambay, Alto Paraná, Canindeyu, San Pedro, and Concepcion departments due to crime.

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

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

Departments of Amambay, Alto Paraná, Canindeyu, San Pedro, and Concepcion – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Transnational criminal elements are active and engage in illicit trafficking of arms, narcotics, and goods in these departments, which are located along Paraguay’s northeastern border with Brazil. Police presence is limited.

U.S. government personnel must provide advance notice when traveling to these areas.

Eswatini - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

2 months 2 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise increased caution in Eswatini due to crime and civil unrest.

Country Summary:  Crime, including armed robbery and carjackings, are common in Eswatini.  Local police may lack the resources to deal effectively with criminal incidents.

Eswatini experienced multiple disruptive protests and demonstrations in July 2021.  More protests are possible, and some prior protests have turned violent.

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

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

Colombia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

2 months 2 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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 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 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.

Lesotho - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

2 months 2 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.             

Exercise normal precautions in Lesotho.

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

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

South Africa - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

2 months 2 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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 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 South Africa:

 

Cote d Ivoire - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

2 months 2 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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

Reconsider Travel To:

  • Northern border region due to terrorism.

Country Summary:  Crime continues to be a major public security concern in Côte d’Ivoire. Violent crime, such as carjacking, robbery, and home invasion, is common.  Local police often lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

Extremist activity occurs frequently in the tri-border region of Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali.

Due to ongoing political tensions, demonstrations and protests are likely to occur and could become violent.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Abidjan.  Embassy personnel are prohibited from driving outside the cities after dark, including between Abidjan, Grand Bassam, and Assinie. 

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Cote d’Ivoire.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Côte d’Ivoire 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 Côte d’Ivoire: 

  • Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel, and read the Embassy COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information.     
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Carry a copy of your passport and visa (if applicable) and leave originals in your hotel safe.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation.
  • 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 Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Northern Border Region – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Extremists have carried out attacks in areas of Mali and Burkina Faso adjacent to Côte d’Ivoire and at an Ivoirian military border post in the town of Kafolo in June 2020.  Exercise increased caution and security procedures in remote areas adjacent to the northern border.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Ukraine - Level 4: Do Not Travel

2 months 3 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Do not travel to Ukraine due to Russian military invasion. 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:

COVID-19 Unknown - COVID-19 in Mongolia

2 months 3 weeks ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Mongolia. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Mongolia.

COVID-19 Unknown - COVID-19 in Armenia

2 months 3 weeks ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Armenia. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Armenia.

COVID-19 High - COVID-19 in Bolivia

2 months 3 weeks ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Bolivia. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Bolivia.

COVID-19 Unknown - COVID-19 in Liberia

2 months 3 weeks ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Liberia. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Liberia.

COVID-19 Unknown - COVID-19 in Laos

2 months 3 weeks ago
Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Laos. If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Laos.

Lebanon - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

2 months 3 weeks ago

Last Update:  Reissued with updates to health information.

Reconsider travel to Lebanon due to crime, terrorism, armed conflict, civil unrest, kidnapping and Embassy Beirut’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do Not Travel to:

  • the border with Syria due to terrorism and armed conflict
  • the border with Israel due to the potential for armed conflict
  • refugee settlements due to the potential for armed clashes

Country Summary: Local security authorities have noted a recent rise in violent crimes, including political violence. Multiple unsolved killings within the past 12 months in Lebanon may have been politically motivated. U.S. citizens living and working anywhere in Lebanon should be aware of the risks of remaining in the country and review their personal security plans.

U.S. citizens who choose to travel to Lebanon should be aware that consular officers from the U.S. Embassy are not always able to travel to assist them. The Department of State considers the threat to U.S. government personnel in Beirut sufficiently serious to require them to live and work under strict security. Movements have been limited further by health and safety precautions related to COVID-19. The internal security policies of the U.S. Embassy may be adjusted at any time and without advance notice.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Lebanon. Terrorists may conduct attacks with little or no warning targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.

The Lebanese government cannot guarantee the protection of U.S. citizens against sudden outbreaks of violence. Family, neighborhood, or sectarian disputes can escalate quickly and can lead to gunfire or other violence with no warning. Armed clashes have occurred along the borders, in Beirut, and in refugee settlements. The Lebanese Armed Forces have been brought in to quell the violence in these situations.

There are frequent demonstrations in Lebanon. U.S. citizens should avoid demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests as some of these have turned violent. Protesters have blocked major roads, including thoroughfares between downtown Beirut and the area where the U.S. Embassy is located, and between Beirut and Rafiq Hariri International Airport.

Kidnapping, whether for ransom, political motives, or family disputes, has occurred in Lebanon. Suspects in kidnappings may have ties to terrorist or criminal organizations.

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

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

Border with Syria – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Starting in August 2014, Lebanon witnessed deadly terror attacks in border towns along Lebanon’s border with Syria, including episodic clashes between the Lebanese Army and Syrian-based violent extremist groups. A 2017 Lebanese Army offensive expelled ISIS militants from territory along Lebanon’s border with Syria. The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid the Lebanese-Syrian border region. The U.S. Department of State also warns U.S. citizens of the risk of traveling on flights that fly over Syria, which include some flights to and from Beirut.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Border with Israel – Level 4: Do Not Travel

There have been sporadic rocket attacks from southern Lebanon into Israel in connection with the violence between Israel and Hizballah, most recently in September 2019. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid this border area.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Refugee Settlements – Level 4: Do Not Travel

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid travel to refugee settlements, which are prone to outbreaks of violence including shootings and explosions.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

 

 

Papua New Guinea - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

2 months 3 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to travel advisory level, and information on health and safety.

Reconsider travel to Papua New Guinea due to crime and civil unrest.  Exercise increased caution due to unexploded ordinance, ongoing elections, and volcanic activity.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • Southern Bougainville, particularly areas near the Panguna mine, due to civil unrest.
  • The Highlands region due to civil unrest.

Country Summary: Violent crime, including sexual assault, carjackings, home invasions, and armed robberies, is common. Tensions between communal or tribal groups may result in violence at any time without warning.  Police presence is limited outside of the capital Port Moresby, and police may be unable to assist due to limited resources.

Exercise increased caution throughout the election period and subsequent formation of a new government, which runs from May 12, 2022 through the end of August 2022. Historically, the election cycle has led to increased demonstrations which often become violent, typically between rival political parties and their supporters, especially after polling ends, during vote counting, and when results are contested or challenged.  Public demonstrations, especially in population centers, and protests intended to be peaceful can quickly turn confrontational and become violent.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Port Moresby due to limited transportation infrastructure. U.S. government employees must obtain authorization before traveling to areas of concern, including the southern part of Bougainville, Lae, Mt. Hagen, Southern Highlands Province, Hela Province, and other areas of Papua New Guinea where one is unable to fly directly.

Travelers should exercise increased caution when traveling in remote areas of Papua New Guinea due to the presence of unexploded ordinance (UXO) remaining from World War II.  UXO is discovered infrequently throughout the country, often on smaller islands.

Papua New Guinea is home to several active volcanoes.  The most recent major eruption occurred in June 2019 at Mt. Ulawun, on the eastern end of the island of New Britain. The eruption caused widespread ash fall, the displacement of local communities and more than 5,000 local inhabitants, and the temporary closure of the international airport in Hoskins.  U.S. citizens are advised to familiarize themselves with active volcanoes in Papua New Guinea, exercise increased caution when traveling near them, and develop contingency plans in the event of an eruption.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Papua New Guinea.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Papua New Guinea has a high level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel. Healthcare across Papua New Guinea is inconsistent and may be difficult to obtain outside of Port Moresby. Pharmaceuticals may be scarce or unavailable.

If you decide to travel to the Papua New Guinea:

  • 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.
  • Avoid using local taxis or buses, known as public motor vehicles or PMVs.
  • Travel with guides from a reputable tour company, particularly if you plan to hike.
  • Avoid walking or driving at night.
  • Avoid areas in the vicinity of active volcanoes
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds. 
  • 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 the Papua New Guinea.   
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Areas Near the Panguna Mine on the island of Bougainville – Level 4: Do Not Travel

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has designated areas near the Panguna mine as “no go zones" due to the risk of violence and civil unrest. Bougainville police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

The Highlands Region – Level 4: Do Not Travel

There is a heightened risk of tribal violence in the region.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas in the Vicinity of Mt. Ulawun – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Recent years have seen regular volcanic activity at Mt. Ulawun, a volcano on the eastern end of the island of New Britain. A major eruption occurred in June 2019, leading to widespread ash fall, the displacement of local communities, and the temporary closure of the international airport in Hoskins.

Smaller, but still significant, eruptions occurred in August and October 2019. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Mongolia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

2 months 3 weeks ago

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise normal precautions in Mongolia.

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

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

If you travel to Mongolia, you should: