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.

  • Thu, 29 Jul 2021 16:47:00 +0000: Bulgaria - Travel Advice Summary

    Updated information on entry requirements for travellers from ‘red list’ countries travelling to Bulgaria. Extension of the Epidemic Emergency until 31 August 2021 (‘Entry requirements’ and ‘Coronavirus’ pages)

  • Thu, 29 Jul 2021 16:43:32 +0000: Kuwait - Travel Advice Summary

    Foreign residents can enter Kuwait after 1 August if they meet residency and health conditions ('Entry Requirements' page).

  • Thu, 29 Jul 2021 16:31:07 +0000: Ecuador - Travel Advice Summary

    Update to information and advice on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 in Ecuador ('Coronavirus' page). Update to information on COVID-related entry requirements ('Entry requirements' page).

  • Thu, 29 Jul 2021 15:48:20 +0000: Croatia - Travel Advice Summary

    Update to entry rules in response to coronavirus ('Entry requirements' page)

  • Thu, 29 Jul 2021 15:17:52 +0000: Portugal - Travel Advice Summary

    Removal of information about airport ground handler’s strike and reminder for information for travelling with children (‘Summary’ page)

Airport Safety

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

  • Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000: Central African Republic - Level 4: Do Not Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Do not travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to COVID-19, Embassy Bangui’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens, crime, civil unrest, and kidnapping.

    Although there have been no specific incidents of violence or threats targeting U.S. citizens, civil unrest, demonstrations, and violence (including renewed outbreaks of armed conflict) may occur throughout the country, including the capital of Bangui.

    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 Central African Republic due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

    Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in the Central African Republic.

    Violent crime, such as armed robbery, aggravated battery, and homicide, is common.

    Armed groups control large areas of the country and they regularly kidnap, injure, and/or kill civilians. In the event of unrest, airport, land border, and road closures may occur with little or no notice.

    The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic; U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside the Embassy compound. Family members cannot accompany U.S. government employees who work in the Central African Republic.

    Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

    Read the Country Information page.

    If you decide to travel to Central African Republic (CAR):

    • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19.  
    • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.   
    • Enroll your trip in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
    • 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, login 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.
    • 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 Central African Republic (CAR).
    • 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.

  • Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000: Malta - Level 3: Reconsider Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Reconsider travel to Malta 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 issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Malta due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

    Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Malta.

    Read the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Malta:

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

  • Mon, 26 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000: Bulgaria - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Exercise normal precautions in Bulgaria 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 issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Bulgaria due to COVID-19, indicating a low level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

    Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Bulgaria.

    Read the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Bulgaria:

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

  • Mon, 26 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000: Croatia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Reconsider travel to Croatia 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 issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for the Croatia due to COVID-19, indicating a moderate level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Croatia. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

    Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Croatia.

    Read the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Croatia:

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

  • Mon, 26 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000: Spain - Level 4: Do Not Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Do not travel to Spain due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Spain due to terrorism and civil unrest.

    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 Spain due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

    Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Spain.

    Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Spain. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

    Demonstrations are common. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events.

    Read the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Spain:

    • See the U.S. Embassy page regarding COVID-19.
    • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
    • Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues.
    • Follow the instructions of local authorities.
    • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
    • 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 Spain.
    • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
    • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.

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


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