Countries with travel warnings for US tourists right now

Plus other active travel advisories for American tourists right now.

Macau, China
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With post-pandemic international travel booming and many people on the move (to the point where overtourism issues sometimes arise), it’s important to research your destination before you actually get there. A simple Google search can reveal a lot, especially when it comes to government-issued travel advisories.

Among these, the US government recently reissued a travel advisory regarding Macau, mainland China and Hong Kong due to “new national security legislation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”. According to the advisory, travelers are at risk of unlawful detention, including due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws. Currently, the advisory is at level 3, meaning travelers are encouraged to “reconsider” their travels in those areas.

However, this is not the only active advice at the moment. Although it may not seem like it, many countries around the world have warnings for American travelers at any time. To help you navigate international travel more easily and to give you a better understanding of how the different types of advice can impact your travels, we’ve put together a handy guide to the countries that the U.S. Department of State has issued new (or updated) travel advice. advice for March and April. This guide will be updated regularly as more advice is issued.

Each advisory in the list below is categorized into a different grade, highlighting the level of danger assessed by the department. Level 1 is the lowest level and suggests that you ‘take normal precautions’. Level 2 warns travelers to “take enhanced precautions.” Levels 3 and 4 are the highest levels and tell travelers to “reconsider travel” and “don’t travel,” respectively.

For more information and a complete list of active travel advisories for Americans, visit the Department of State website. To stay informed of travel advisories that may impact your next international trip, you can also register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Read on to learn more about the new travel advisories for Americans over the past two months:

Authorities encourage travelers to take normal precautions in the Kyrgyz Republic.

However, visitors should reconsider traveling to the border area with Tajikistan as it poses an increased risk.

Travelers should be extra careful when traveling to Moldova due to the “unresolved conflict between the breakaway region of Transnistria and the central government.”

In addition, they should reconsider traveling to the breakaway region of Transnistria due to “the unresolved conflict with the central government and the armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine.”

When traveling to Rwanda, visitors should observe normal precautions.

However, some areas have an increased risk. Travelers should exercise more caution at the Rwanda-Burundi border due to crime, and they should reconsider traveling to the Rwanda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border due to armed violence.

According to authorities, travelers should be extra careful when traveling to Equatorial Guinea.

When traveling to Ivory Coast, visitors should take extra care.

However, authorities issued an advisory not to travel for the northern border region due to terrorism.

Travelers going to Armenia should be extra careful.

In some areas the risk is higher and travelers should avoid traveling to the border area with Azerbaijan.

Due to terrorism and armed conflict, civilians should avoid traveling to Gaza.

Due to terrorism and civil unrest, travelers should reconsider trips to Israel and the West Bank.

Authorities say travelers should reconsider travel to mainland China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws.

Moreover, they should be extra careful when traveling to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the same reason.

Travelers should also reconsider traveling to the Macau Special Administrative Region due to the limited ability to provide emergency consular services, and they should also exercise more caution in the area due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws.

The U.S. government encourages travelers to exercise extra caution in Ecuador due to civil unrest, crime and kidnapping.

In addition, the government has placed a ‘do not travel’ advisory for the following areas:

  • Guayaquil, south of Portete de Tarqui Avenue
  • The towns of Huaquillas and Arenillas in the province of El Oro
  • The towns of Quevedo, Quinsaloma and Pueblo Viejo in the province of Los Rios
  • The canton of Duran, in the province of Guayas
  • The city of Esmeraldas and all areas north of the city of Esmeraldas in the province of Esmeraldas

Travelers should instead reconsider travel to these areas:

  • Guayaquil north of Portete de Tarqui Avenue
  • Province of El Oro outside the cities of Huaquillas and Arenillas
  • Province of Los Rios outside the towns of Quevedo, Quinsaloma and Pueblo Viejo
  • All areas south of the city of Esmeraldas in the province of Esmeraldas
  • The provinces of Sucumbios, Manabi, Santa Elena and Santo Domingo

Travelers are not allowed to travel to Iraq due to “terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest and Mission Iraq’s limited ability to provide support to U.S. citizens.”

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