Locations the US Government Advises Against Visiting At This Time

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You might want to think twice before visiting these nations at this time.

International travel patterns were impacted by global wars and climatic catastrophes in 2023, which included anything from earthquakes and floods in areas vulnerable to natural disasters to a string of coups in Africa.

The World Tourism Organisation anticipates that, based on travel trends through September, foreign visitor visits in the third quarter of 2023 reached 91% of pre-pandemic levels. However, certain places call for more vigilance than others.

U.S. State Department issued a global caution advisory on October 19, 2023, in response to the outbreak of war between Israel and Gaza and escalating tensions in the region, citing “increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests.”

The most recent global warning was issued in 2022 before this update, following the death of Osama bin Laden’s replacement as Al Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a U.S. attack that resulted in “a higher potential for anti-American violence.” The global cautionary note is still in force.

Additionally, the U.S. State Department publishes specific travel advisories for over 200 nations worldwide, regularly updating them in response to a range of risk indicators, including health, terrorism, and civil upheaval. Level 1 travel advisories advise taking standard precautions, while Level 4 advisories advise avoiding going there.

As of December 27, 2023, 21 nations, or almost 10% of them, were under a Level 4: “Do Not Travel” recommendation. The State Department states that in Level 4 nations, the United States government may have “very limited ability” to intervene if travellers’ security or safety is in jeopardy. Kidnapping, terrorism, crime, and civil instability are frequent risk factors linked to Level 4 nations.

The State Department revised its Level 4 recommendations for Afghanistan, the Republic of Yemen, Lebanon, and Gaza in the final two months of 2023.

Levels of Advice for Travel by Nation

Based on variables including crime, terrorism, and civil upheaval, the U.S. State Department determines the appropriate degree of travel advisories. There’s a chance that some regions will get a different amount than the entire nation.

Travel Advisory Levels as of December 26, 2023. Some small island countries such as Aruba and the Cayman Islands are not visible in the map, but can be referenced in the article or through the U.S. State Department. Source: usnews.com.

To view the various states’ travel advisories in Mexico, click this link: https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/3J7da/7/.

Locations Under Level 4 Travel Advisories

In alphabetical order, these are the main places that the US government advises against visiting at this time:

  • Afghanistan
  • Belarus
  • Burkina Faso
  • Central African Republic
  • Myanmar (Formerly Burma)
  • Gaza
  • Haiti
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mexico

More information in detail and countries level can be found on Official US News Website.