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.

Rwanda Travel Advisory On July 23, 2018 Latest update: Summary – this advice has been reviewed and reissued without amendment

Niger Travel Advisory On June 13, 2018 Latest update: Terrorism section – factual update to risk of attacks

Nigeria Travel Advisory On July 3, 2018 Latest update: Safety and security section (Local travel) – editorial amendments

Saudi Arabia Travel Advisory On June 27, 2018 Latest update: Local laws and customs section – revised information on women driving; from 24 June 2018 women were legally ...


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, 17 Aug 2018 14:44:36 +0000: India - Travel Advice Summary

    Latest update: Summary - revised information on flooding in Kerala and affected areas of Tamil Nadu; if you’re travelling to, or are already in the area, you’re advised to closely monitor travel advice, media reports and follow the advice from local authorities; if your current location lies within the worst affected area and you're in need of urgent help, you're advised to contact the helpline number of the region

  • Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:01:24 +0000: Sweden - Travel Advice Summary

    Latest update: Summary - removal of information on forest fires

  • Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:45:27 +0000: Mali - Travel Advice Summary

    Latest update: Summary - addition of information; a protest march is expected to take place in central Bamako on Saturday 18 August; you should stay away from all demonstrations and any blockades set up by the security forces

  • Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:44:46 +0000: Laos - Travel Advice Summary

    Latest update: Summary - revised information; monsoon season rains have led to elevated risk of flooding and landslides; red flood warnings have been issued for 18 to 21 August covering the Pakse area

  • Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:27:46 +0000: Portugal - Travel Advice Summary

    Latest update: Summary - revised information on risk of forest fires

Airport Safety

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

  • Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000: Mali - Level 4: Do Not Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Do not travel to Mali due to crime and terrorism.

    Violent crime, such as kidnapping and armed robbery, is common in the regions of northern and central Mali. Violent crime is a particular concern during local holidays and seasonal events in Bamako, its suburbs, and Mali’s southern regions. Roadblocks and random police checkpoints are commonplace throughout the country, especially at night.

    Terrorist and armed groups continue plotting kidnappings and attacks in Mali. They may attack with little or no warning, targeting night clubs, hotels, restaurants, places of worship, Western diplomatic missions, and other locations frequented by foreigners. 

    The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the northern and central regions of Mali as U.S. government employees travel to these regions is restricted due to security concerns. 

    Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Mali, 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 the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

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

    If you decide to travel to Mali:

    • Visit our website for 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, 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.
    • Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization, or consider consulting with a professional security organization.
    • 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 whom you would contact first and how they should share the information.
    • Identify key sources of possible assistance for you and your family in case of emergency, such as the local U.S. embassy or consulate, FBI, the State Department, your employer (if traveling on business), and local friends/family in the high-risk area. 
    • 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.
  • Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000: Bolivia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Exercise normal precautions in Bolivia.

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

    If you decide to travel to Bolivia:

  • Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000: Libya - Level 4: Do Not Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Do not travel to Libya due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict.

    Crime levels in Libya remain high, including the threat of kidnapping for ransom. Westerners and U.S. citizens have been targets of these crimes.

    Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Libya. Violent extremist activity in Libya remains high, and extremist groups have made threats against U.S. government officials, citizens, and interests. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, hotels, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.

    Outbreaks of violence between competing armed groups can occur with little warning and have the potential to impact U.S. citizens. The capital, Tripoli, and other cities, such as Surman, Al-Jufra, Misrata, Ajdabiya, Benghazi, Sabha, and Dernah, have witnessed fighting among armed groups, as well as terrorist attacks. Hotels and airports frequented by Westerners have been caught in the crossfire. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

    Militia groups sometimes detain travelers for arbitrary reasons, do not grant detainees access to a lawyer or legal process, and do not allow detainees to inform others of their status. U.S. citizens should carry proof of citizenship and valid immigration status at all times, but having these documents does not guarantee fair treatment.

    Some international and national airports are closed, and flights out of operational airports are sporadic and may be cancelled without warning. The U.S. government is very concerned about the targeting of commercial transportation in Libya and prohibits U.S. commercial aviation operations within Libyan airspace.

    The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency or routine assistance to U.S. citizens in Libya, as the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli suspended its operations in July 2014.

    Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Libya, 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 the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

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

    If you decide to travel to Libya:

    • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
    • Carry proof of citizenship and valid immigration status at all times.
    • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
    • Make contingency plans to leave.
    • Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or a 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, and etcetera.
    • Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization, or consider consulting with a professional security organization.
    • Develop a communication plan with family and/or your employer or host organization.
    • 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.
    • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
  • Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000: Tajikistan - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Exercise increased caution in Tajikistan due to terrorism.   

    On July 29, 2018, two U.S. citizens were killed in a terrorist attack in Danghara province.

    Terrorists have targeted bicyclists and may target other places, such as residential areas, clubs and restaurants, places of worship, hotels, schools, outdoor recreation events, and other venues, although Government of Tajikistan facilities remain the most likely target. Facilities catering to westerners in Tajikistan present a heightened risk. Avoid large crowds and public transportation to the extent possible. Tourists should avoid activities that develop predictable patterns of movement.  If documenting your travel on social media, please ensure your privacy settings are appropriately set.

    Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page

    If you decide to travel to Tajikistan:

    • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
    • Avoid demonstrations and protests.
    • Be aware of your surroundings.
    • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
    • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages 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 Tajikistan.
    • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
  • Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000: Guinea-Bissau - Level 3: Reconsider Travel - travel.state.gov: Travel Advisories

    Reconsider travel to Guinea-Bissau due to crime and civil unrest.

    Violent crime is common in Guinea-Bissau. Aggressive vendors, panhandlers, and occasionally criminals target foreigners at the Bissau airport and other crowded areas, especially Bandim Market in the center of the capital.  Local police lack the resources, capacity, and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

    The country has been beset by chronic political and institutional dysfunction for decades, and there is the potential for violence.

    The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens because there is no U.S. Embassy in Guinea-Bissau.

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

    If you decide to travel to Guinea-Bissau:

    • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
    • Avoid demonstrations.
    • Be aware of your surroundings.
    • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
    • Only travel during daylight.
    • Monitor local media for breaking events, and adjust your plans based on new information.
    • Make contingency plans to leave.
    • 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 Guinea-Bissau.
    • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.


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