The latest travel warnings and alerts from the government

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

Do Not Travel to:

  • Kenya-Somalia border counties and some coastal areas due to terrorism and kidnapping.
  • Areas of Turkana County due to crime.

Reconsider Travel to:

  • Nairobi neighborhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera at all times due to crime and kidnapping. Be especially careful when traveling after dark anywhere in Kenya due to crime.

Country Summary: 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.

Terrorist attacks have occurred with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, hotels, resorts, markets/shopping malls, and places of worship. Terrorist acts have included armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings.

Demonstrations may occur, blocking key intersections and resulting in widespread traffic jams.  Strikes and other protest activity related to political and economic conditions occur regularly, particularly in periods near elections.  Violence associated with demonstrations, ranging from rock throwing to police using deadly force, occurs around the country; it is mostly notable in western Kenya and Nairobi.

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.

Some schools and other facilities acting as cultural rehabilitation centers are operating in Kenya with inadequate or nonexistent licensing and oversight.  Reports of minors and young adults being held in these facilities against their wills and physically abused are common.

Read the country information page for additional information about travel to Kenya.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Kenya has a low level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Kenya:

  • Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel, and read the Embassy COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information. 
  • 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. in case of an emergency Review the Traveler’s Checklist..
  • 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 Country Security Report for Kenya.

Kenya-Somalia Border Counties and Coastal Areas – Level 4: Do Not Travel

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

Kenya-Somalia Border Counties:

  • Mandera due to kidnapping and terrorism.
  • Wajir due to kidnapping and terrorism.
  • Garissa due to kidnapping and terrorism.

Coastal Areas:

  • Tana River county due to kidnapping and terrorism.
  • Lamu county due to kidnapping and terrorism.
  • Areas of Kilifi County north of Malindi due to kidnapping and terrorism.

Turkana County – Level 4: Do Not Travel

  • Road from Kainuk to Lodwar due to crime, and armed robbery, which occur frequently. 

Nairobi neighborhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

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.

Last Update:  Reissued with Civil Unrest and security updates.

Posted: May 26, 2022, 12:00 am

Reconsider travel to Chad due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do Not Travel to:

  • Lake Chad region due to terrorism.
  • Borders with Central African Republic, Libya, and Sudan due to armed conflict and minefields.

Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, and muggings, have occurred in Chad.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreigners, local security forces, and civilians.

Demonstrations occur sporadically and have on occasion resulted in violence or use of tear gas by authorities.

The U.S. Government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Chad as U.S. Government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of the capital.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Chad.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Chad has a low level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Chad:

Lake Chad Region – Do Not Travel

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreigners, local security forces, and civilians. Terrorists can easily cross borders. Government security forces may restrict civilian movement and engage in military operations with limited warning.

The U.S. Government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Chad, particularly in the Lake Chad Basin.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Central African Republic, Libya, and Sudan Borders – Do Not Travel

Armed non-governmental groups operate along Chad’s southern border with Central African Republic, Sudan, and in Libya and northern Chad.

There are unmapped and undocumented minefields along the borders with both Libya and Sudan.

The U.S. Government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Chad, particularly in border areas with Central African Republic, Libya, and Sudan.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to information about demonstrations and areas of increased risk.

Posted: May 26, 2022, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in Canada.

Read the Country Information page for additional information on travel to Canada.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Canada has a high level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Canada:

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with no changes.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Posted: May 24, 2022, 12:00 am

Exercise increased caution in The Bahamas due to crime

Country Summary: The vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport) islands.  In Nassau, exercise caution in the “Over the Hill” area (south of Shirley Street). Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault occur, but generally not in tourist areas. Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated.  Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas. Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use independently operated jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands. 

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to The Bahamas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined The Bahamas has a high level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to The Bahamas: 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Posted: May 23, 2022, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a high level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

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

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Posted: May 23, 2022, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in Montserrat.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Montserrat.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Montserrat has a high level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Montserrat:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Posted: May 23, 2022, 12:00 am

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

Do Not Travel To:

  • Areas designated as off limits by the Mauritanian military due to crime and terrorism.

Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as mugging, armed robbery, and assault, are common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crimes.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting places frequented by Westerners.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Mauritania as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside Nouakchott. U.S. government employees may travel only during daylight hours and are prohibited from walking alone outside of designated areas and times.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Mauritania.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Mauritania has an unknown level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Mauritania:

Areas Designated Off-Limits by the Mauritanian Military – Level 4: Do Not Travel

The government of Mauritania designates certain areas off-limits to foreigners and most Mauritanians. These “No Movement Zones” are extremely dangerous due to their proximity to Mali, where armed groups engaged in an active insurgency carry out cross-border attacks into Mauritania. The government of Mauritania does not maintain a substantial presence in these areas and thus police are unable to respond to most incidents there. In addition, cell phone coverage and paved roads are nonexistent. U.S. officials are unable to travel to these places. Since the boundaries of such areas frequently change, U.S. citizens should pay attention to all posted signs and notices of restricted entry. They should presume the following areas are off-limits:

     All areas north of the Tropic of Cancer

     All areas east of 08⁰ longitude (West of Greenwich) situated within 100km of the Mali Border

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Posted: May 23, 2022, 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 the East and Adamawa Regions within 20 km of Cameroon’s border with the Central African Republic due to crime and kidnapping.
  • Far North Region due to terrorism.
  • Northwest and Southwest Regions due to armed violence, crime, and kidnapping.

Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery and carjacking, is common throughout Cameroon. 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 North, Far North, Northwest, Southwest, and Parts of Adamawa and East Regions of Cameroon due to current official travel restrictions.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Cameroon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Cameroon has a moderate level of Covid-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Cameroon:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches, handbags, or jewelry.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, help the Embassy contact you in an emergency, and help family and friends get in touch with 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 – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Violent crime, including kidnapping by terrorists and/or kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery, assault, and carjacking are serious concerns in Cameroon, especially in these regions.

In the Adamawa Region north of the capital, Ngaoundere, and East Regions, there is a heightened threat of criminal and armed activities within 20 kilometers of the border with the Central African Republic.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Far North Region – Level 4: Do Not Travel

In the Far North Region, terrorists may attack with no warning, targeting local facilities and places frequented by Westerners.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Northwest and Southwest Regions – Level 4: Do Not Travel

In Northwest and Southwest Regions, separatist conflict has led to increased levels of violence. Armed clashes between separatists and government forces, and other acts of violence, including violent criminality, kidnapping for ransom, sexual assault, arson, roadside ambushes and robberies, use of improvised explosive devices, illegitimate detentions, and murder have occurred. Security force operations, imposed curfews and movement restrictions, and attacks by armed militants regularly take place throughout these regions, including in major cities. Ongoing conflict has led to a breakdown in order and a significant decline in public services, including medical resources in large areas of both regions.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to security information.

Posted: May 23, 2022, 12:00 am

Reconsider travel to Jamaica due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 

Do Not Travel to:

  • The below-listed areas of Clarendon Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of Hanover Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of Kingston and St. Andrew Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of Montego Bay due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of St. Ann Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of St. Catherine Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed areas of St. James Parish due to crime.
  • The below-listed area of Westmoreland Parish due to crime.

Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides, are common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Emergency services vary throughout the island, and response times may vary from U.S. standards. The homicide rate reported by the Government of Jamaica has for several years been among the highest in the Western Hemisphere. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to areas listed below, from using public buses, and from driving outside of prescribed areas of Kingston at night.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Jamaica.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Jamaica has a moderate level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Jamaica:

Areas of Clarendon Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Clarendon Parish. Do not travel to the following areas:

  • All of Clarendon Parish, except passing through Clarendon Parish using the T1 and A2 highways.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of Hanover Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Hanover Parish. Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Logwood and Orange Bay

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of Kingston and St. Andrew Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Kingston. Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Cassava Piece
  • Downtown Kingston, defined as between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads. Downtown Kingston includes Arnett Gardens, Cockburn Gardens, Denham Town, Olympic Gardens, Seaview Gardens, Trench Town, and Tivoli Gardens.
  • Duhaney Park
  • Grants Pen
  • Standpipe
  • Swallowfield
  • Elleston Flats
  • August Town

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of Montego Bay – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Montego Bay. Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Canterbury
  • Flankers
  • Glendevon
  • Mount Salem
  • Norwood
  • Paradise Heights
  • Rose Heights

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of St. Ann Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of St. Ann Parish. Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Steer Town

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of St. Catherine Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of St. Catherine Parish. Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Spanish Town
  • Central Village
  • Certain areas within Portmore to include: Naggo Head, New Land, Old Braeton, and Waterford

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of St. James Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

  • Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of St. James Parish. Do not travel to the following areas:
  • Cambridge
  • Springmount
  • Johns Hall

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Areas of Westmoreland Parish – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Westmoreland Parish. Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Russia community in Savanna-la-Mar (The Southeastern quadrant of Savannah la Mar east of Darling Street and south of the A2 highway/Barracks Road)
  • The Whitehall neighborhood of east Negril

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Posted: May 23, 2022, 12:00 am

Exercise normal precautions in Mongolia.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Mongolia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Mongolia has a moderate level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you travel to Mongolia, you should:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Posted: May 23, 2022, 12:00 am

Check out additional information on our travel page.