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The latest travel warnings and alerts from the government

Exercise increased caution in Germany due to terrorism.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Germany. 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 Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Germany:

  • Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Germany.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Posted: June 19, 2018, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in Belarus. 

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

If you decide to travel to Belarus:

Posted: June 18, 2018, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in Portugal. 

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

If you decide to travel to Portugal:

Posted: June 18, 2018, 12:00 am

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

Exercise increased caution in:

  • The southern town of Lazarat due to crime.

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

If you decide to travel to Albania:

Lazarat

The security situation in Lazarat remains volatile due to crime and violence associated with marijuana cultivation. Local police have limited ability to protect and assist travelers.

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

Posted: June 18, 2018, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions when traveling in Cyprus. 

  • Do not attempt to enter the United Nations buffer zone at any place other than a designated crossing point. Police and UN forces strictly enforce this restriction. 

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

If you decide to travel to Cyprus:

Posted: June 18, 2018, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in Lithuania. 

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

If you decide to travel to Lithuania:

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

Posted: June 18, 2018, 12:00 am

Reconsider travel to Russia due to terrorism and harassment. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • The north Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, due to civil unrest and terrorism.
  • Crimea due to foreign occupation and abuses by occupying authorities.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Russia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Bomb threats against public venues are common.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup games will be held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, and Saransk, Russia, from June 14 to July 15, 2018. Large-scale international events such as the World Cup present an attractive target for terrorists. Although security for the World Cup will be extensive, terrorists may seek to attack event locations such as stadiums and Fan Fest viewing areas, tourist sites, transportation hubs, and other public venues. Travelers should expect increased police presence and enhanced security measures in and around the World Cup venues. Full information about the World Cup games for U.S. citizen visitors is available on our Travel.state.gov website.

U.S. citizens are often victims of harassment, mistreatment, and extortion by law-enforcement and other officials. U.S. consular assistance to detained individuals is often unreasonably delayed by Russian officials. Russia also enforces special restrictions on dual U.S.-Russian nationals. Due to the Russian government-imposed reduction on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, the U.S. government has reduced ability to provide services to U.S. citizens.

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

If you decide to travel to Russia:

  • Travelers should expect increased police presence and enhanced security measures in and around the World Cup venues and Fan Fest viewing areas.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on news information.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • 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 Reports for Russia.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations and a plan to contact family to let them know you are safe. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

North Caucasus (including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus)

Civil unrest and terrorist attacks 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 gay men 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

There is extensive Russian Federation military presence in Crimea. The Russian Federation is likely to take further military actions in Crimea as part of its occupation of this part of Ukraine. The international community, including the United States and Ukraine, does not recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea. 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

Posted: June 15, 2018, 12:00 am

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

Reconsider travel to:

  • Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province due to violent extremism.

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Maputo due to crime.

Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page.

If you decide to travel to Mozambique:

  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Consider hiring a professional security organization if traveling to the affected areas of Cabo Delgado.
  • Be aware of increased government security checkpoints in Cabo Delgado Province.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages 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 Mozambique.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

There have been attacks by violent extremists in the districts of Mocimboa da Praia, Nangade, Palma, Macomia, and Quissanga in the northern Cabo Delgado Province that borders Tanzania. These groups have used machetes and firearms to conduct lethal attacks, as well as burned vehicles and homes.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Maputo – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Violent crime, such as muggings, is common. 

Posted: June 15, 2018, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions when traveling to Tajikistan. 

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to Tajikistan:

Posted: June 15, 2018, 12:00 am

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

Do not travel to:

  • Maungdaw, Rathedaung, Ponnagyun, and Buthidaung townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest.
  • Paletwa township in Chin State due to civil unrest.
  • Hpakan, Mansi, Momauk, Sumprabum, Tanai, and Waingmaw townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest.
  • Shadaw township in Kayah State due to civil unrest.
  • Hlaingbwe, Hpapun, and Thandaung townships in Kayin State due to civil unrest.
  • Konkyan, Kutkai, Laukkaing, Matman, Mongmao, Namphan, Pangsang, and Pangwaun townships in Shan State due to civil unrest.

Reconsider travel to:

  • Bhamo township in Kachin State due to civil unrest.
  • Minbya and Mrauk-U townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest.
  • Hopang, Kyaukme, Manton, Mongkaung, Muse, Namhsan, Namtu, and Nanhkan townships in Shan State due to civil unrest.

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Northern Shan State due to land mines
  • Parts of Kachin, Rakhine, and Chin States due to land mines

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

If you decide to travel to Burma:

Townships in Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, and Shan States

These townships are subject to fighting between the Burmese military and armed insurgent groups. The level of risk varies significantly between townships and may change at any time.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these areas as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these locations.

Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance. Review information on Travel to High-Risk Areas

Northern Shan State, Parts of Kachin, Rakhine, and Chin States

Land mines and unexploded bombs have injured foreign tourists in conflict affected areas.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these areas as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these locations.

Posted: June 13, 2018, 12:00 am

 

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