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As part of its efforts to keep US citizens safe and sound while traveling abroad, the US Department of State has just issued new travel advisories for 7 countries around the world. The latest updates were posted on the Department of State’s website yesterday, providing travelers with accurate and up-to-date information that will help them decide whether or not it’s safe to travel to one of the seven countries in question this summer.
The latest travel advisories updates are extremely broad in scope, covering seven countries on five different continents – including one of the world’s most popular travel destinations for American travelers in the form of the Dominican Republic. See what each of the seven new travel advisories has to say about travel to the countries included in the updates, plus a recap of what travel advisories are and the role they play in travel.
What are travel advisories updates? information for travelers
Travel advisories updates are short but detailed pieces of information that inform travelers about the various risks involved in traveling to a specific destination. The State Department distributes travel advisories to every country in the world, going so far as to issue specific advisories for different regions of a country when necessary. They are color-coded and come in four distinct tiers to make it easier for travelers to quickly determine the suitability of visiting a vacation destination – although they cannot stop a traveler from taking a trip altogether.
The levels are as follows:
- Level 1 – Normal Exercise Precautions (Blue)
- Level 2 – Increased Care in Exercise (Yellow)
- Level 3 – Reconsider Travel (Orange)
- Level 4 – Do Not Travel (Red)
A diverse range of issues are covered by travel advisories such as crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health, natural disasters, limited-time events, kidnapping and others. As a result of the pandemic, each country’s travel advice page also contains a note from the CDC about their level of Covid-19, which is unknown, low, moderate or high.
Latest travel advisories updates – what travelers should know
Kuwait was the only country out of yesterday’s seven travel advisories updates to receive a Level 1 advisory, suggesting it is among the safest destinations in the world. However, their page warns travelers not to travel to the desert region near the Iraqi border due to the prevalence of unexploded ordnance and to exercise greater caution in the Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh area of Kuwait City due to crime. The CDC also indicates a high level of Covid-19 – making the country not entirely risk-free.
Two countries – djibouti and the Dominican Republic – Level 2 travel warning notices have been issued. Travelers should exercise greater caution in Djibouti due to terrorism and crime, although it has an unknown level of Covid-19 according to the CDC. For the Dominican Republic, the issue is crime. Your page goes into more detail, noting that violent crime is a concern, but adds that resort areas are safer than urban areas due to better resources and policing. The country also has a high level of Covid-19, according to the CDC.
Two more countries received Level 3 Travel Advisory Updates. Their details are as follows:
- Colombia – reconsider travel due to crime and terrorism, be more cautious due to civil disturbances and kidnappings. Travelers should completely avoid the departments of Arauca, Cauca (except Popayán) and Norte de Santander. According to the CDC, the country has a moderate level of Covid-19.
- Saudi Arabia – reconsider travel due to threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian installations, redouble caution due to terrorism. Travelers should avoid the Yemeni border area. The country has a moderate level of Covid-19.
Finally, two countries received Tier 4 countries, making them among the most unsafe destinations in the world. They are:
- Iraq – do not travel due to terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest, and Mission Iraq’s limited ability to provide support to US citizens. The CDC indicates a moderate level of Covid-19.
- Russia – do not travel to Russia due to the unprovoked and unwarranted invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, the potential for harassment and exclusion of US citizens by Russian government security officials, including detention, arbitrary application of local law, limited flights from and for the country, the Embassy’s limited ability to assist US citizens in Russia, restrictions related to COVID-19 and terrorism. The country has a moderate level of Covid-19.
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