As we enter into a new year and begin to flesh out our incredible travel plans, it’s time to revisit the travel advisories that have been issued by the US Department of State, especially as advisories are constantly being updated. We recently saw the US update its travel advisory level for China to a Level 2, due to what the Department of State is calling “arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.”
Today, TPG has compiled all of the advisories that have been issued or updated since December 2018, as well as any standing advisories that are ranked highly at either “Level 3: Reconsider travel” or “Level 4: Do not travel.”
The US Department of State recommends travelers do the following upon any decision to visit a country with a standing travel advisory:
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 country.
US citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Level 1 Advisories (Exercise Normal Precautions):
United Arab Emirates
Level 2 Advisories (Exercise Increased Caution):
Israel, The West Bank and Gaza
Level 3 Advisories (Reconsider Travel):
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Level 4 Advisories (Do Not Travel):
Central African Republic
North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
Featured image of the map of US travel advisories by the US Department of State.