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Morocco - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in Morocco. 

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to Morocco:

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba (BES).

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

If you decide to travel to BES:

Jamaica - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

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Exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 

Do not travel to:

  • Some areas of Kingston due to crime.
  • Some areas of Montego Bay due to crime.
  • Spanish Town due to crime. 

Violent crime, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide, is common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from driving outside of Kingston at night. 

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to Jamaica:

  • Avoid walking or driving at night.
  • Avoid public buses.
  • Avoid secluded places or situations, even in resorts.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and keep a low profile.
  • 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 Crime and Safety Report for Jamaica.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.  

Kingston

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Kingston. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to the following areas: downtown Kingston, which is defined as the areas between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads, and includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens; Standpipe, Grants Pen, and Cassava Piece. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas

Montego Bay

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Montego Bay. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to the following areas: Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street, and Hart Street.

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Spanish Town

Violence and shootings occur regularly. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to Spanish Town. 

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Algeria - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

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

Do not travel to:

  • Areas near the eastern and southern borders due to terrorism.
  • Areas in the Sahara Desert due to terrorism.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Algeria. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning and have recently targeted the Algerian security forces. Most attacks take place in rural areas, but attacks are possible in urban areas despite a heavy and active police presence.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Algiers province due to Algerian government restrictions on travel by U.S. government employees.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to Algeria:

  • Inform local police when visiting locations outside of major cities.
  • Travel by air if possible; remain on major highways if you must travel by road.
  • Travel with reputable travel agents who know the area.
  • Avoid staying overnight outside of the main cities and tourist locations.
  • 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 Crime and Safety Report for Algeria.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Eastern and southern borders

Avoid travel to rural areas within 50 km (31 miles) of the border with Tunisia and within 250 km (155 miles) of the borders with Libya, Niger, Mali, and Mauritania due to terrorist and criminal activities.

Visit our website for High-Risk Travelers.

Overland travel to the Sahara Desert

Terrorists and criminal groups operate in parts of the Sahara Desert. When travelling to the Sahara, we highly recommend traveling only by air and not overland.  

Visit our website for High-Risk Travelers.

Paraguay - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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

Exercise increased caution in:

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

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

If you decide to travel to Paraguay:

Departments of Amambay, Alto Paraná, Canindeyu, San Pedro, and Concepcion

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. 

Andorra - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in Andorra. 

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

If you decide to travel to Andorra:

  • 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.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Lesotho - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in Lesotho. 

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

If you decide to travel to Lesotho:

French West Indies - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in the French West Indies. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider travel to:

  • St. Martin due to the aftermath of a natural disaster.

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

If you decide to travel to the French West Indies:

St. Martin

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage in St. Martin.  Areas of the territory may lack adequate access to electricity, water, medicine, or food.  Some roads are impassable.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Czech Republic - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in the Czech Republic. 

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

If you decide to travel to the Czech Republic:

Afghanistan - Level 4: Do Not Travel

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Do not travel to Afghanistan due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict

Travel to all areas of Afghanistan is unsafe because of high levels of kidnappings, hostage taking, suicide bombings, widespread military combat operations, landmines, terrorist and insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne or other improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Attacks have targeted official Afghan and U.S. government convoys and compounds, foreign embassies, military installations, commercial entities, non-governmental organization (NGO) offices, hospitals, places of worship, restaurants, hotels, airports, and education centers.

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

The U.S. Embassy's ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Afghanistan is severely limited, particularly outside of Kabul. Evacuation options from Afghanistan are extremely limited due to the lack of infrastructure, geographic constraints, and the volatile security situation.

Family members cannot accompany U.S. government employees who work in Afghanistan. Unofficial travel to Afghanistan by U.S. government employees and their family members is restricted and requires prior approval from the Department of State. U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling to all locations in Kabul except the U.S. Embassy and other U.S. government facilities unless there is a compelling U.S. government interest in permitting such travel that outweighs the risk. Additional security measures are needed for any U.S. government employee travel and movement through Afghanistan.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Afghanistan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

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

If you decide to travel to Afghanistan:

  • Visit our website for 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. Find a suggested list of such documents here.
  • Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization, or consider consulting with a professional security organization.
  • 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 Crime and Safety Report for Afghanistan.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Suriname - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in Suriname.

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

If you decide to travel to Suriname:

Guatemala - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

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Reconsider travel to Guatemala due to crime

Violent crime, such as sexual assault, carjacking, armed robbery, and murder, is common. Gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics trafficking, is widespread, particularly in the border regions.  Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. 

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

If you decide to travel to Guatemala:

  • 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 physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Do not use public ATMs.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas
  • 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 Crime and Safety Report for Guatemala.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Curaçao - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in Curacao.

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

If you decide to travel to Curacao:

Brazil - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

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Exercise increased caution in Brazil due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • Any areas within 150 km of Brazil’s land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay due to crime.
  • “Favela” neighborhoods due to crime.
  • Brasilia’s “satellite cities” of Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastiao, and Paranoa during non-daylight hours due to crime.
  • Recife’s Pina Beach from Dona Benvinda de Farias Street to the Brasilia Teimosa neighborhood after dark due to crime.

Violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, and carjacking, is common in urban areas, day and night. Gang activity and organized crime is widespread. 

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

If you decide to travel to Brazil:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially when traveling to tourist locations and in crowded public venues.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Avoid using an ATM in low-light or remote locations. Never let someone “shoulder surf” or assist you.
  • Use caution at or going to major transportation centers or on public transportation, especially at night.
  • 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 Crime and Safety Reports for Brazil.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

International Borders

U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to areas within 150 km of the international land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay without advance approval from security officials due to crime. Travel to the Foz do Iguaçu National Park and Pantanal National Park is permitted.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Favelas

Do not travel to favela areas where local and military police do not operate, even on a guided tour. Neither the tour companies nor the police can guarantee your safety when entering favelas. Exercise caution in areas surrounding favelas, as occasionally, inter-gang fighting and confrontations with police move beyond the confines of the favelas. Except under limited circumstances and with advance approval, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to all favelas in Sao Paulo, all favelas/vilas in Porto Alegre, all unpacified favelas in Recife, the Aglomerado da Serra favela in Belo Horizonte, and all favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

Read the Safety and Security Section on the country information page for further information regarding favelas.

Visit our website for Travel High-Risk Areas.

Brasilia’s Satellite Cities

Without advance approval from security officials, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to Brasilia’s “satellite cities” of Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastiao, and Paranoa between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (non-daylight hours) due to crime.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Recife’s Pina Beach

U.S. government personnel are prohibited from walking after dark on Pina Beach, located in the northern part of Boa Viagem due to crime. This restriction covers the sandy areas of Pina Beach starting at Dona Benvinda de Farias Street and ending at Brasilia Teimosa neighborhood.

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Austria - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in Austria. 

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

If you decide to travel to Austria:

Azerbaijan - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

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

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Azerbaijan. 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.

Do not travel to:

  • The Nagorno-Karabakh region due to armed conflict.

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

If you decide to travel to Azerbaijan:

Nagorno-Karabakh

Casualties continue to occur in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Intermittent gunfire and occasional use of artillery systems, including land mines and mortars, result in deaths and injuries each year. Avoid roads near the ‘line of contact’ and roads near the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh as U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling there.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Vanuatu - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in Vanuatu.

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

If you decide to travel to Vanuatu:

Georgia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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

Do not travel to:

  • The Russian-occupied regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia due to civil unrest, crime, and landmines.

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

If you decide to travel to Georgia:

South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Russian troops and border guards occupy both South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The precise locations of administrative boundary lines are difficult to identify. Entering the occupied territories will likely result in your arrest, imprisonment, and/or  a fine. Violent attacks, criminal incidents, and kidnappings occur in the region. Land mines pose a danger to travelers near the boundary lines of both territories. 

The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens traveling in South Ossetia and Abkhazia as U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling there. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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

If you decide to travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

Chile - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Exercise normal precautions in Chile.

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

If you decide to travel to Chile:

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