Travel Advisories
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Worldwide Caution

This latest update to the Department of State’s Worldwide Caution provides U.S. citizens with general information regarding terrorist activities, political violence and criminal activity that transpire abroad, as well as specific recommendations on how to prepare for possible contingencies, receive information on breaking security events and ensure that travelers can be contacted in an emergency. This version replaces the Worldwide Caution dated July 2, 2018.

As terrorist attacks, political violence (including demonstrations), criminal activities and other security incidents often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad. When planning a trip and prior to departing the United States, U.S. citizens should consult country specific Travel Advisories and information pages on travel.state.gov.

Travelers are also urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and to make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these security messages to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate or call the following numbers: 1 (888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries.

U.S. government facilities worldwide actively monitor potential security threats and may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate.

Terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qa'ida, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations, are intent on attacking U.S. citizens wherever they are. Extremists may use conventional or non-conventional weapons to target U.S. government and private interests. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods, including edged weapons, pistols and vehicles, as weapons to effectively target crowds. Extremists increasingly aim to identify and attack "soft" targets, such as:

  • high-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • hotels, clubs and restaurants
  • places of worship
  • schools
  • parks
  • shopping malls and markets
  • tourism infrastructure and tourist sites
  • public transportation systems
  • airports

In multiple regions, terrorists, guerrilla groups and criminals seek to kidnap U.S. citizens to finance their operations or for political purposes. The Department also remains concerned that terrorists could again seek to down aircraft using concealed explosives or hijack commercial flights.

Private U.S. citizens should not travel to any country to participate in armed conflict. U.S. citizens are reminded that fighting on behalf of, or providing other forms of support to, designated terrorist organizations can constitute the provision of material support for terrorism, which is a serious crime that can result in penalties, including prison time and large fines. 

For further information:

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Norway

Exercise normal precautions in Norway.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Norway.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Norway has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.  

If you decide to travel to Norway:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Exercise normal precautions in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to St. Kitts and Nevis. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined St. Kitts and Nevis has a low level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

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

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Gabon

Exercise normal precautions in Gabon. Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire travel advisory.

Exercise Increased Caution in:

  • Libreville and Port Gentil due to crime.

Read the country information page for additional information about travel to Gabon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Gabon has a moderate level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel. 

If you decide to travel to Gabon:

Libreville and Port Gentil – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Crimes such as robbery, vehicle break-ins, and residential burglaries are common.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Mongolia

Exercise normal precautions in Mongolia.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Mongolia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Mongolia has a moderate level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you travel to Mongolia, you should:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Poland

Exercise normal precautions when traveling to Poland.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Poland.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Poland has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Poland:                    

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Mauritius

Exercise normal precautions in Mauritius.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Mauritius.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Mauritius has a high level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Mauritius:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Namibia

Exercise normal precautions in Namibia.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Namibia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Namibia has a low level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Namibia:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Greece

Exercise normal precautions in Greece.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Greece.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Greece has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Greece:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Grenada

Exercise normal precautions in Grenada.  

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Grenada.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Grenada has a high level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Grenada:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Exercise normal precautions in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a low level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Ireland

Exercise normal precautions in Ireland.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Ireland.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Ireland has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Ireland:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Palau

Exercise normal precautions in Palau. 

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Palau. 

For more information on the COVID-19 situation in U.S. territories and freely associated states, please visit the CDC COVID Data Tracker.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.   

If you decide to travel to Palau:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

For more information on the COVID-19 situation in U.S. territories and freely associated states, please visit the CDC COVID Data Tracker.  

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Sao Tome and Principe

Exercise normal precautions in Sao Tome and Principe.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Sao Tome and Principe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Sao Tome and Principe has a low level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Sao Tome and Principe:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Latvia

Exercise normal precautions in Latvia.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Latvia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Latvia has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.  

If you decide to travel to Latvia:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Togo

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

Reconsider Travel to:

  • Northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to potential for terrorism and kidnapping.

Exercise Increased Caution in:

  • Areas north of Kande due to potential for terrorism.
  • The cities of Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango due to civil unrest.

Read the country information page for additional information about travel to Togo.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Togo has a low level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Togo:

  • Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning any international travel, and read the Embassy COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information. 
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • 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.
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy in Togo on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Country Security Report for Togo.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Northern Border Region – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Extremist groups have carried out attacks, including kidnapping, in adjacent areas of Burkina Faso, and Benin.  Attacks may occur with little or no warning.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in areas north and northeast of the city of Dapaong as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these areas.

North of Kande – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Extremist groups have carried out attacks in nearby areas of Benin. Attacks may occur with little or no warning.

The Cities of Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

There is a history of violent demonstrations in Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango, during which protesters and security force members have been injured, and some killed.  Police have used tear gas to disperse demonstrations that caused traffic disruptions in city centers and along National Route 1, and arrested demonstrators.  Security forces have at times used excessive force to disperse crowds. Authorities have interrupted internet and cellular data services during past protests, making communication difficult and unpredictable.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Finland

Exercise normal precautions in Finland.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Finland.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Finland has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Finland:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Croatia

Exercise normal precautions in Croatia.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Croatia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Croatia has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Croatia:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Sweden

Exercise normal precautions when traveling to Sweden.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Sweden.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Sweden has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel. 

If you decide to travel to Sweden:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Georgia

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

Do Not Travel To:

  • The Russian-occupied Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia due to risk of crime, civil unrest, and landmines.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Georgia has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to Georgia:

South Ossetia and Abkhazia – Do Not Travel

Russian troops and border guards occupy both South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The precise locations of administrative boundary lines are difficult to identify. Entering the occupied territories will likely result in your arrest, imprisonment, and/or a fine. Violent attacks and criminal incidents occur in the region. Landmines pose a danger to travelers near the boundary lines of both territories.

The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens traveling in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling there.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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