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Don’t Travel To These 19 Countries According To The U.S Travel Advisories

Don’t Travel To These 19 Countries According To The U.S Travel Advisories

Traveling can be an eye-opening experience, but it’s essential to stay informed about the safety of potential destinations. The U.S. Department of State issues travel advisories to help travelers make safe choices. As of early 2024, here’s a list of 19 countries with a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory, complete with brief descriptions of the reasons behind the advisories:

Myanmar (Burma)

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Political unrest and military control make Myanmar a dangerous destination, with reports of civil conflicts and violent crackdowns on protests.


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Heightened tensions and risks of terrorism and kidnapping. U.S. citizens face risk of arrest and detention in a politically volatile environment.


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Ongoing armed conflict and terrorism significantly endanger personal safety. The country also faces a severe humanitarian crisis.


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Security concerns due to armed conflict, terrorism, and civil unrest are prevalent, making travel extremely risky.


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Terrorism and armed conflict continue to present serious risks to visitors throughout the country.


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Heightened tensions from military conflict and potential harassment against foreigners make Russia a risky travel destination.

South Sudan

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Ethnic violence, civil unrest, and crime severely impact security, making travel highly dangerous.


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Risk of terrorism, kidnapping, and piracy are high, with no effective government control in many areas.


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Threats of terrorism and armed conflict make Mali a hazardous location for travelers.

Central African Republic (CAR)

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Active armed conflict and serious civil unrest create a perilous environment for visitors.

Burkina Faso

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Terrorist activities and violent crime have increased, significantly compromising safety.


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Political instability and increased rates of kidnapping and crime make Haiti a particularly dangerous destination.


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Political unrest and the risk of wrongful detentions amid heightened security measures pose risks to foreign visitors.

North Korea

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The risk of detention and the strict laws of the regime pose extreme risks for tourists and other travelers.


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Political and economic instability lead to serious risks of crime, unrest, and detention of foreigners.


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Ongoing conflict, terrorism, and displacement of civilians continue to make travel to Syria extremely dangerous.


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Civil war and terrorism significantly endanger travelers throughout the country.


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Military conflict with Russian forces, particularly in the eastern regions and Crimea, presents grave dangers.


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Political turmoil and military conflicts make Sudan a risky destination for travelers.

Source: The U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

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Emese Maczko is a travel blogger behind Eco Lodges Anywhere. Having explored several destinations around Europe, the US, Indonesia, and Australia, and resided in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg, Emese possesses a keen understanding of diverse cultures and an appreciation for the beauty of each destination she visits. She advocates for sustainable travel and ecotourism.