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.

  • Fri, 25 May 2018 22:04:28 +0000: Brazil - Travel Advice Summary

    Summary: Lorry drivers have been on strike across Brazil since Monday 21 May. This is affecting fuel deliveries to petrol stations and many have closed in major cities. Some flights and intercity bus services are subject to disruption and cancellations. You should check with your airline or bus company before travelling.

  • Fri, 25 May 2018 15:55:24 +0000: Chad - Travel Advice Summary

    Latest update: Safety and security section (Crime) and summary - the number of reports of car-jackings on roads outside N'Djamena has increased, including during daylight hours; it is recommended that you use a police or military escort when driving outside the capital, and carry working communications equipment

  • Fri, 25 May 2018 15:05:01 +0000: Costa Rica - Travel Advice Summary

    Latest update: Summary - Northern Ireland take on Costa Rica in an international friendly match in San José on Sunday 3 June 2018; addition of a link to our information and advice page for travelling fans

  • Fri, 25 May 2018 15:03:11 +0000: Panama - Travel Advice Summary

    Latest update: Summary - Northern Ireland take on Panama in an international friendly match in Panama City on Tuesday 29 May 2018; addition of a link to our information and advice page for fans travelling to the match

  • Fri, 25 May 2018 12:23:47 +0000: Guinea-Bissau - Travel Advice Summary

    Latest update: Safety and security section (Political situation) - the next parliamentary elections are due to take place in November 2018

Airport Safety

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

  • Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000: Benin - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

    Exercise increased caution in:

    • Urban areas due to crime.
    • Beaches due to crime

    Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Benin:

    • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
    • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
    • Keep a low profile.
    • Travel in groups when visiting beaches to reduce the risk of robbery.
    • Avoid travel between cities at night.
    • 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 Benin.
    • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

    Urban areas

    Violent crime, such as armed robbery, and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crimes.

    Beaches

    Violent crime, such as muggings, is common at beaches within Cotonou at any time of day and outside of Cotonou after dark.

  • Mon, 07 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000: Panama - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Exercise normal precautions in Panama. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

    Do not travel to:

    • Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime.
    • Parts of the Darién Region due to crime.

    Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Panama:

    Parts of the "Mosquito Gulf" – Level 4: Do Not Travel

    The “Mosquito Gulf” is an extremely remote and inaccessible area along part of the north (Caribbean) coast.

    Do not travel within 10 miles of the coastline, between Boca de Rio Chiriqui to Cocle del Norte. Drug trafficking and other illicit activities occur in this area. 

    The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in this region as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved.  

    Parts of the Darién Region – Level 4: Do Not Travel

    Do not travel to the following areas of the Darien:

    • All areas south of Jacque to Manene to Yaviza to Lajas Blancas cities to the Colombian border
    • The city of Lajas Blancas
    • The city of El Salto

    Criminal elements and drug and human trafficking networks operate in these areas. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited.

    The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these regions as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved. 

  • Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000: Nicaragua - Level 3: Reconsider Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to crime and civil unrest.

    On April 23, 2018, the U.S. government ordered the departure of U.S. government family members and authorized the departure of U.S. government personnel.

    Political rallies and demonstrations are occurring nearly daily, often with little notice or predictability. Some protests have resulted in injuries and deaths. Some demonstrations have elicited a strong response that has in the past included the use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and live ammunition against participants and occasionally have devolved into looting, vandalism, and acts of arson. Such acts may occur again in future demonstrations. Ability to purchase food and fuel may be limited suddenly, as recently occurred. Likewise, access to the Sandino airport in Managua may be blocked without warning. Both the Government of Nicaragua and the U.S. Embassy in Managua are limited in the assistance they can provide. Travel by U.S. government personnel within Nicaragua is restricted, and additional restrictions on movements by U.S. government personnel outside of U.S. diplomatic facilities may be put in place at any time, depending on local circumstances and security conditions, which can change suddenly.

    Violent crime, such as sexual assault and armed robbery, is common. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited outside of major urban areas. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from using public buses and mototaxis and from entering the Oriental Market in Managua and gentlemen’s clubs throughout the country due to crime. U.S. government personnel require special authorization to travel to the Northern and Southern Caribbean Coast Autonomous Regions due to crime and transportation safety concerns.

    Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Nicaragua:

    • Avoid demonstrations.
    • Restrict travel during demonstrations, except in an emergency or to depart the country.
    • Shelter in place if your surrounding area is affected by demonstrations or move to a safer location if your current location is unsafe.
    • Consider arrangements to depart the country if you feel unsafe in Nicaragua.
    • Maintain adequate supplies of food, potable water, and fuel if sheltering in place.
    • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
    • Keep a low profile.
    • Do not display signs of wealth such as expensive watches or jewelry.
    • Be aware of your surroundings.
    • 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 Nicaragua.
    • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
  • Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000: Saint Kitts and Nevis - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Exercise normal precautions in St. Kitts and Nevis.

    Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis:

  • Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000: Oman - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Exercise normal precautions in Oman. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

    Do not travel to:

    • The Saudi Arabia and Yemen border areas due to terrorism and armed conflict.

    Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Oman:

    Saudi Arabia and Yemen border areas

    Terrorist attacks and violence are likely near the border with Yemen, and on the western portion of the border with Saudi Arabia. Crossing the Oman border into Yemen can be dangerous, and U.S. citizens who attempt to cross the Oman-Yemen border, from either Oman or Yemen, are routinely detained by Omani authorities.

    Visit our website for High-Risk Travelers.


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