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The latest travel warnings and alerts from the government

Exercise normal precautions in Chile.

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

If you decide to travel to Chile:

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with no updates 

Posted: August 23, 2019, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in Hungary. 

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to Hungary:

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review without changes.

Posted: August 22, 2019, 12:00 am

Exercise increased caution in Malawi due to civil unrest.

Scheduled political demonstrations have recently occurred in several cities and towns in Malawi. On occasion, acts of vandalism and looting have accompanied these demonstrations, and police have responded by deploying tear gas.

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

If you decide to travel to Malawi:

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

Last Update: Reissued with updates to a Risk Indicator and Travel Advisory level.

Posted: August 22, 2019, 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:

UN Buffer Zone: Since 1974, the southern part of Cyprus has been under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus. The northern part of Cyprus, administered by Turkish Cypriots, proclaimed itself the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (“TRNC”) in 1983. The United States does not recognize the “TRNC,” nor does any country other than Turkey. A buffer zone patrolled by the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, separates the two sides. For U.S. citizen travelers:

  • Enter and exit the Republic of Cyprus ONLY at Larnaca and Paphos airports and at the seaports of Limassol, Larnaca, and Paphos. The Republic of Cyprus does not consider entry at Ercan Airport in the north to be a “legal” entrance into Cyprus.
  • You cannot receive a residency permit from the Republic of Cyprus to reside in the area north of the UN buffer zone.

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.

Posted: August 21, 2019, 12:00 am

Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to sporadic civil unrest and communications disruptions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do Not Travel To:

  • Border area with Somalia due to potential for terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines.
  • Border areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea due to crime, armed conflict, and civil unrest.

Reconsider Travel To:

  • Somali Regional State due to potential for terrorism.
  • Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) due to civil unrest.
  • The East Hararge region and the Guji zone of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest.
  • Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest.

Incidents of civil unrest and ethnic violence may occur without warning.

The Government of Ethiopia has restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services during and after civil unrest. These restrictions impede the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with, and provide consular services to, U.S. citizens in Ethiopia.

The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Addis Ababa. As a precaution, U.S. government personnel must request permission for any travel outside of Addis Ababa (personal and official), and are required to carry personnel tracking devices and, in some cases, satellite phones.

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

If you decide to travel to Ethiopia:

  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Carry a copy of your passport and visa and leave originals in your hotel safe.
  • 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.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Ethiopia.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Border Area with Somalia—Level 4: Do Not Travel

Terrorists maintain a presence in Somali towns near the Ethiopian border, presenting a risk of cross-border attacks and kidnappings.

Landmines are present in this region.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Border Areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea—Level 4: Do Not Travel

Crime, armed conflict, and the potential for ethnic conflict exist near the Ethiopian borders with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Somali Regional State—Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Somali Regional State is close in proximity to terrorist organizations in Somalia, which have aspirations to conduct terrorist attacks in Ethiopia.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR)—Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Civil unrest in the region has resulted in deaths, looting, and the burning of buildings.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

The East Hararge Region and Guji Zone of Oromia State—Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Civil unrest and armed conflict have resulted in injuries and deaths in parts of Oromia State. Government security forces have used lethal force in some areas.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State—Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Civil unrest and armed conflict have resulted in injuries and deaths around the border between Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State. Government security forces have used lethal force in some areas.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to Level 3 and 4 areas.

Posted: August 20, 2019, 12:00 am

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

Reconsider Travel To:

  • Northern border region due to terrorism.

Violent crime, such as carjacking, robbery, and home invasion, is common.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting areas frequented by foreigners, such as beaches.

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 major cities after dark, including between Abidjan, Grand Bassam, and Assinie.

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

If you decide to travel to Cote d’Ivoire:

  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • 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 Crime and Safety Report for Cote d’Ivoire.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Northern Border Region – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Extremist groups have carried out attacks in adjacent areas of Mali and Burkina Faso. Increased caution and security procedures should be exercised in remote areas adjacent to the northern border.

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to the Level 3 area.

Posted: August 20, 2019, 12:00 am

Exercise increased caution in Burma due to areas of civil unrest and armed conflict. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 

Do not travel to:

  • Buthidaung, Kyauktaw, Maungdaw, Minbya, Mrauk- U, Ponnagyun, and Rathedaung townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
  • Paletwa township in Chin State due to civil unrest and armed conflict
  • Hpakan, Momauk, Sumprabum, Tanai, and Waingmaw townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
  • Hpapun township in Kayin State due to civil unrest.
  • Hseni, Hsipaw, Konkyan, Kutkai, Kyaukme, Laukkaing, Matman, Mongmao, Muse, Namphan, Namtu, Pangsang, and Pangwaun townships in Shan State due to civil unrest and armed conflict

Reconsider travel to:

  • Ann, and Myebon townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
  • Matupi township in Chin State due to civil unrest.
  • Bhamo, Mansi, and Mogaung townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest.   
  • Hopang, Mongkaung, Namhsan, Nanhkan townships in Shan State due to civil unrest.

The following areas of Burma are subject to civil unrest and armed conflict due to fighting between the Burmese military and various ethnic armed groups and militia forces.

  • Northern Shan State
  • Parts of Kachin, Rakhine, and Chin States
  • The Naga Self-Administered Zone in northern Sagaing Region

Conflict-affected areas, particularly Northern Shan State and parts of Kachin, Rakhine, and Chin States are subject to land mines and unexploded ordinance. Land mines and unexploded ordnance have injured foreign tourists in conflict affected areas and their locations are often not marked or otherwise identifiable.

Read the Safety and Security section on the Burma (Myanmar) country information page

If you decide to travel to Burma:

Parts of Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Sagaing, and Shan States

Some townships in the states listed above 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 townships as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these locations.

Review information on Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to Level 3 and 4 areas.

Posted: August 19, 2019, 12:00 am

Exercise increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest.

Since June 2019, several large scale and smaller political demonstrations have taken place in various areas of Hong Kong, including at Hong Kong International Airport. Most have been peaceful, but some have turned confrontational or resulted in violent clashes. Police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including the deployment of tear gas. The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighborhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies. These demonstrations, which can take place with little or no notice, are likely to continue.

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

If you decide to travel to Hong Kong:

  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Review your flight status with your airlines or at the Hong Kong International Airport website.
  • Follow U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong on Facebook and Twitter.
  • 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 Hong Kong.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to information on civil unrest.

Posted: August 14, 2019, 12:00 am

Exercise increased caution in the Kyrgyz Republic due to civil unrest. 

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to the Kyrgyz Republic:

Last Update: The Travel Advisory was updated to Level 2 due to civil unrest.

Posted: August 9, 2019, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in Romania. 

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

If you decide to travel to Romania:

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review without changes.

Posted: August 5, 2019, 12:00 am

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