Travel Alerts & Warnings

Your homeland government maintains a listing of travel and safety alerts with information and advice on developing situations that may affect the safety and well-being of travelers and vacationers. We use RSS feeds to attempt to maintain regularly updated information on the security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate, and how to find help when you are in a specific nation.

No matter where in the world you intend to travel, make sure you check your destination country’s travel advice and advisories page twice: once when you are planning your trip, and again shortly before you leave. If the region or the country you will be visiting becomes subject to a travel advisory, your travel health insurance or your trip cancellation insurance may be affected. You are solely responsible for your travel decisions.

▣ The following travel alerts and warnings have been issued to alert travelers of potential risks in certain countries and regions.

  • Mon, 01 Mar 2021 06:26:06 +0000: Botswana - Travel Advice Summary

    Updated information on the nationwide curfew and the sale of alcohol (See 'Coronavirus' page)

  • Sun, 28 Feb 2021 20:07:22 +0000: Chad - Travel Advice Summary

    An exchange of fire took place in N’Djamena on 28 February; at least two people were killed, and several injured in a clash between Chadian security forces and Chadian opposition. You should limit your movements in N’Djamena, and avoid the area between the US Embassy and the Grand Mosque. (Summary)

  • Sun, 28 Feb 2021 20:02:51 +0000: Denmark - Travel Advice Summary

    Change to entry restrictions ('Summary' and 'Entry requirements' pages) and updated local restrictions ('Coronavirus' page)

  • Sun, 28 Feb 2021 12:15:13 +0000: Saudi Arabia - Travel Advice Summary

    New information following reports of an intercepted ballistic missile over Riyadh on 27 February 2021 ('Summary' and 'Safety and Security' pages)

  • Sun, 28 Feb 2021 08:29:28 +0000: Myanmar (Burma) - Travel Advice Summary

    Update on latest political situation. Advice to British Nationals to stay at home. (See 'Summary' page)

Airport Safety

▣ The following travel alerts and warnings have been issued to alert travelers of potential risks in certain countries and regions.

  • Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000: Democratic Republic of the Congo - Level 3: Reconsider Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Reconsider travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo due to COVID-19, crime, civil unrest and Ebola. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

    Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Democratic Republic of the Congo due to COVID-19.  

    Democratic Republic of the Congo has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools).  Other improved conditions have been reported within Democratic Republic of the Congo. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

    Do Not Travel To:

    • North Kivu province due to crime, civil unrest, terrorism, Ebola, armed conflict, and kidnapping.
    • Ituri province due to crime, civil unrest, terrorism, armed conflict, and kidnapping.
    • The eastern DRC region and the three Kasai provinces (Kasai, Kasai-Oriental, Kasai-Central) due to crime, civil unrest, armed conflict and kidnapping.

     Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, and assault, is common and local police lack resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Assailants may pose as police or security agents.

    Demonstrations are common in many cities and some have turned violent. Police have at times responded with heavy-handed tactics that resulted in civilian casualties and arrests.

    The U.S. government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens outside of Kinshasa due to poor infrastructure and security conditions.

    Read the country information page.

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

    North Kivu Province--Do Not Travel

    Violent crime, such as murder, rape, kidnapping, and pillaging, continue throughout North Kivu province. Road travelers are frequently targeted for ambush, armed robbery, and kidnapping.

    Demonstrations and large gatherings can occur throughout these regions, especially in urban areas, and escalate to violence. Extrajudicial mobs can form rapidly and turn violent, posing a threat to humanitarian aid workers and other personnel operating in the area.

    Terrorist and armed groups operating in North Kivu province have attacked military and civilian targets and represent an ongoing threat to humanitarian aid workers and other NGO personnel operating in the area.

    The province of North Kivu is experiencing an Ebola virus outbreak, with confirmed and probable cases reported. The CDC issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for Ebola in DRC, its highest level. Armed groups, individuals, and military forces routinely clash with each other. Civilians are frequently targeted in attacks.

    The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in North Kivu province as U.S. government travel to these areas is restricted.

    Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

    Ituri Province--Do Not Travel

    Violent crime, such as murder, rape, kidnapping, and pillaging, continue throughout Ituri province. Road travelers are frequently targeted for ambush, armed robbery, and kidnapping.

    Demonstrations and large gatherings can occur throughout these regions, especially in urban areas, and escalate to violence. Extrajudicial mobs can form rapidly and turn violent, posing a threat to humanitarian aid workers and other personnel operating in the area.

    Terrorist and armed groups operating in Ituri province have attacked military and civilian targets and represent an ongoing threat to humanitarian aid workers and other NGO personnel operating in the area.

    Armed groups, individuals, and military forces routinely clash with each other. Civilians are frequently targeted in attacks.

    The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in Ituri province as U.S. government travel to these areas is restricted.

    Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

    Eastern DRC Region and the Three Kasai Provinces--Do Not Travel

    Violent crime, such as murder, rape, kidnapping, and pillaging, continue throughout South Kivu, Tanganyika, Haut Lomami, Bas-Uele, and Haut-Uele and three Kasai provinces of Kasai Oriental, Kasai Central, and Kasai. Road travelers are frequently targeted for ambush, armed robbery, and kidnapping.

    Demonstrations and large gatherings can occur throughout these regions, especially in urban areas, and escalate to violence. Extrajudicial mobs can form rapidly and turn violent, posing a threat to humanitarian aid workers and other personnel operating in the area.

    Armed groups, individuals, and military forces routinely clash with each other. Civilians are frequently targeted in attacks.

    The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in eastern DRC and these provinces, as U.S. government travel to these regions is restricted. 

    Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

    Last Update: Reissued with updates to Ebola information.

  • Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000: Guinea - Level 3: Reconsider Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Reconsider travel to Guinea due to COVID-19 and Ebola. Exercise increased caution in Guinea due to civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

    Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Guinea due to COVID-19.

    Guinea has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Guinea. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Guinea.

    Do Not Travel To:

    • N’Zerekore region due to Ebola.

    Country Summary: Demonstrations occur frequently throughout the country and are often sporadic and unplanned, making it difficult to predict the size, route, or level of violence or congestion that may occur.

    Any demonstration may turn violent, resulting in injuries and even fatalities. Demonstrators may attack vehicles that attempt to pass through or around the protests, resulting in serious injuries and vehicular damage. Criminals are known to take advantage of the resulting traffic congestion to rob drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Uniformed security forces may also extort drivers and passengers during these incidents.

    Read the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Guinea:

    N’Zerekore Region: Level 4 – Do Not Travel

    Southeastern Guinea is experiencing an Ebola virus outbreak, with confirmed cases in N’Zerekore region. The CDC issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for Ebola in Guinea.

    Last Update: Reissued with updates to Ebola Information.

  • Mon, 22 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000: South Sudan - Level 4: Do Not Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Do not travel to South Sudan due to COVID-19, crime, kidnapping, and armed conflict.

    Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for South Sudan due to COVID-19.

    Travelers to South Sudan may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within South Sudan due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in South Sudan.

    Violent crime, such as carjackings, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies, and kidnappings is common throughout South Sudan, including Juba. Foreign nationals have been the victims of rape, sexual assault, armed robberies, and other violent crimes.

    Armed conflict is ongoing and includes fighting between various political and ethnic groups. Weapons are readily available to the population. In addition, cattle raids occur throughout the country and often lead to violence.

    Reporting in South Sudan without the proper documentation from the South Sudanese Media Authority is considered illegal, and any journalistic work there is very dangerous. Journalists regularly report being harassed in South Sudan, and many have been killed while covering the conflict.

    The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in South Sudan. U.S. government personnel in South Sudan are under a strict curfew. They must use armored vehicles for nearly all movements, and official travel outside Juba is limited. Due to the critical crime threat in Juba, walking is also restricted; when allowed, it is limited to a small area in the immediate vicinity of the Embassy and during daylight hours only. Family members cannot accompany U.S. government employees who work in South Sudan.

    Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of South Sudan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

    Read the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to South Sudan:

    • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.
    • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
    • Exercise extreme care in all parts of the country, including Juba. Travel outside of Juba with a minimum of two vehicles along with appropriate recovery and medical equipment in case of mechanical failure or other emergency.
    • Avoid travel along border areas.
    • Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings. Even events intended to be peaceful can become violent.
    • Be aware that photography in public is strictly controlled and you are required to obtain authorization from the Ministry of Information before taking any photographs or video in public – including while inside a vehicle.
    • Monitor local/international news and consular messages.
    • Enroll your trip in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
    • Review your personal security plan and visit our page on travel to high risk areas.
    • Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney.
    • Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.
    • Share important documents, log-in information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs, if you are unable to return as planned to the United States. Find a suggested list of such documents here.
    • Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization, or consider consulting with a professional security organization. Your plan should include sheltering in place, maintaining outside communication, and a personal evacuation plan via commercial means.
    • Develop a communication plan with family and/or your employer or host organization so that they can monitor your safety and location as you travel through high-risk areas. This plan should specify who you would contact first, and how they should share the information.
    • Be sure to appoint one family member to serve as the point of contact with hostage-takers, media, U.S. and host country government agencies, and Members of Congress, if you are taken hostage or detained.
    • Establish a proof of life protocol with your loved ones, so that if you are taken hostage, your loved ones can know specific questions (and answers) to ask the hostage-takers to be sure that you are alive (and to rule out a hoax).
    • Leave DNA samples with your medical provider in case it is necessary for your family to access them.
    • Erase any sensitive photos, comments, or other materials from your social media pages, cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices that could be considered controversial or provocative by local groups.
    • Leave your expensive/sentimental belongings behind.
    • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Review the Crime and Safety Report for South Sudan.
    • 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 COVID-19 information.

  • Mon, 22 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000: Grenada - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Exercise increased caution in Grenada due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.

    Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Grenada due to COVID-19.

    Grenada has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Grenada. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Grenada.

    Read the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Grenada:

    Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

  • Mon, 22 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000: Kyrgyzstan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Reconsider travel to Kyrgyzstan due to COVID-19.

    Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not issued a Travel Health Notice for Kyrgyzstan due to lack of available COVID-19 data.

    Land borders remain closed and only limited flights are available. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan.

    Read the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to the Kyrgyz Republic:

    Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.


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