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The latest travel warnings and alerts from the government

Exercise increased caution in the Philippines due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and a measles outbreak.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.    

Do not travel to:

  • The Sulu Archipelago, including the southern Sulu Sea, due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest.
  • Marawi City in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest.

Reconsider travel to:

  • Other areas of Mindanao due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest.

Terrorist and armed groups continue plotting possible kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in the Philippines.  Terrorist and armed groups may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.  The Philippine government has declared a “State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence in Mindanao.”

There is an outbreak of measles in the Philippines.  Philippine authorities have reported deaths in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, and Davao.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has additional information on the outbreak at:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/measles-philippines.    

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

If you decide to travel to the Philippines:

The Sulu Archipelago and Sulu Sea

Terrorist and armed groups kidnap U.S. citizens on land and at sea for ransom.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Sulu Archipelago and Sulu Sea as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to those areas.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Marawi City in Mindanao

The Philippine government has declared martial law throughout the Mindanao region.  Civilians are at risk of death or injury due to conflict between remnants of terrorist groups and Philippine security forces in Marawi.

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

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Mindanao

The Philippine government has declared martial law throughout the Mindanao region.  The Philippine government also maintains a state of emergency and greater police presence in the Cotabato City area, and in the Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat provinces.

Terrorist and armed groups continue to conduct kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks targeting U.S. citizens, foreigners, civilians, local government institutions, and security forces.

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

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Posted: April 13, 2018, 12:00 am

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

Do Not Travel to:

  • North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions, and Parts of East and Adamawa Regions due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and carjacking, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Adamawa (to the north or east of Ngaoundere), East (east of Bertoua), North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon due to current official travel restrictions.

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

If you decide to travel to Cameroon:

  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings. Even events intended to be peaceful can become violent and turn deadly.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • 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 Cameroon.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions, and Parts of East and Adamawa Regions

In the North and Far North Regions, as well as parts of East and Adamawa Regions, terrorists may attack with no warning, targeting local facilities and places frequented by Westerners.  In Adamawa Region, this threat specifically includes any area to the north or east of Ngaoundere.  Kidnapping by terrorists and/or kidnapping for ransom are serious concerns in Cameroon, especially in areas bordering northern Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR).

In Northwest and Southwest Regions, an Anglophone separatist movement has led to increased levels of violence.  Armed clashes with the government and other acts of violence have occurred.

Violent crime, including kidnapping, armed robbery, assault, and carjacking, is common within 60 miles of the border with Nigeria’s Adamawa State in the North and Adamawa Regions of Cameroon, the border area with Chad, and the border areas with the CAR.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Posted: April 11, 2018, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in The British Virgin Islands.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page                                      

If you decide to travel to British Virgin Islands:

Posted: April 10, 2018, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in Anguilla.

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

If you decide to travel to Anguilla:

Posted: April 10, 2018, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions.

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

If you decide to travel to Dominica:

 

Posted: April 10, 2018, 12:00 am

Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and drought.

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.

The South African government declared a national state of disaster due to drought in the country’s Western, Eastern, and Northern Cape Provinces. Water restrictions in Cape Town, which limit household water use to 50 liters per person per day, remain in effect. Water supplies in some other areas may also be affected. Please see our Alerts for up-to-date information.

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

If you decide to travel to South Africa:

Posted: April 5, 2018, 12:00 am

Exercise increased caution in the Republic of the Congo due to crime and civil unrest.

Reconsider travel to:

  • The southern and western districts of the Pool Region due to civil unrest and armed conflict.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, is common.

Political demonstrations can be unpredictable and violent.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Brazzaville.  U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to the Pool Region because of ongoing violence.  They must also obtain special permission to travel to Pointe Noire’s beaches due to crime.

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

If you decide to travel to the Republic of the Congo:

  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location. 
  • Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page for the Republic of the Congo.
  • 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 the Republic of the Congo.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

The Southern and Western Districts of the Pool Region

Military operations are ongoing and armed groupsare active in this region. Soldiers, police, and civilians have been killed and thousands of civilians displaced.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Pool Region as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to the area.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Posted: April 3, 2018, 12:00 am

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

Do not travel to:

  • The northern border with Colombia due to crime.

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

If you decide to travel to Ecuador:

Northern Border with Colombia – Level 4:  Do Not Travel

Since January 2018, bombings have occurred in the northern part of Esmeraldas province, close to the border with Colombia. Drug trafficking and organized crime groups are believed to have carried out the attacks, which have targeted Ecuadorian military and law enforcement locations and personnel.

In late March 2018, two journalists and their driver were kidnapped near the border.

The U.S. government is limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens at Ecuador’s northern border with Colombia as U.S. government employees are generally prohibited from travel to the northern border region to include the provinces of Sucumbíos, Carchi, and Esmeraldas north of and including Esmeraldas City. However, U.S. government personnel are permitted to travel to the northern bank of the Napo River in Sucumbíos, where tourist lodges are located, an area approximately four miles wide.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Posted: April 2, 2018, 12:00 am

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

Do not travel to:

  • Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to terrorism.

Reconsider travel to:

  • Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh at all times and Old Town in Mombasa at night due to crime.

Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time. Local police are willing but often lack the capability to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks. Emergency medical and fire service is also limited.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and markets/shopping malls. Terrorist acts could include armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating in the vicinity of the Kenyan-Somali border, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). For more information, U.S. citizens should consult 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 Kenya:

  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Make contingency plans to leave the country.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location. 
  • 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 Kenya.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Kenya-Somalia Border Counties and Coastal Areas

Due to terrorism concerns, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to the Kenya-Somalia border counties and coastal areas.

Kenya-Somalia Border Counties

  • Mandera
  • Wajir
  • Garissa

Coastal Areas

  • Tana River county
  • Lamu county
  • Areas of Kilifi county north of Malindi.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Nairobi Neighborhood of Eastleigh and Old Town in Mombasa

Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time. Street crime can involve multiple armed assailants. Local police often lack the resources and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. 

Consider carefully whether to use the Likoni ferry in Mombasa due to safety concerns.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Posted: March 29, 2018, 12:00 am

Costa Rica – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions

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

Do not travel to:

  • Poas Volcano National Park due to a natural disaster.

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Central neighborhood in Limon due to crime.
  • Liberia city due to crime.
  • Desamparados neighborhood in San Rafael due to crime.
  • Pavas and Hospital neighborhoods San Jose due to crime.

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

If you decide to travel to Costa Rica:

Poas Volcano National Park

Due to increased and unpredictable volcanic activity, including gas, ash, and vapor eruptions, Poas Volcano National Park is closed to visitors. 

Central neighborhood in Limon

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

Liberia city

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

Desamparados neighborhood San Rafael

Violent crime, such as homicide and assault, is common. Police presence is limited. 

Pavas and Hospital neighborhoods in San Jose

Criminal assault and homicides have been reported in these areas. Gang activity, such as territorial disputes and narcotics trafficking, has been reported in Pavas in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy.  

Posted: March 28, 2018, 12:00 am

 

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