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While these countries may have areas with stunning landscapes, beautiful climates, and breathtaking views, each country on this list is on the ‘Do Not Travel’ published by the government of the United States. This list warns U.S. travelers of countries to avoid traveling to that will put their safety at risk.

Travel Advisory System

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The U.S. State Department publishes the Travel Advisory System, which assesses the possible risk of traveling to each country on one of four levels, with Level 4 – Do Not Travel being the strictest travel advisory.

Level 4-rated countries have the highest risk of life-threatening risks, adding that “in the event of an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance.”


Band-e Amir lakes near Bamyan (Bamiyan) in Central Afghanistan. Band e Amir was the first national park in Afghanistan. View of the red Hindu Kush mountains near Band e Amir lakes in Afghanistan.
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Band-e Amir lakes near Bamyan (Bamiyan) in Central Afghanistan with a view of the red Hindu Kush mountains near Band-e Amir lakes in Afghanistan.

Travel to all areas of Afghanistan is unsafe, and the risk of kidnapping or violence against U.S. citizens in Afghanistan is high. Given the serious risks, U.S. citizens should not travel to Afghanistan to accompany eligible family members for relocation.


Aerial view, cityscape of Minsk, Belarus. Summer season, sunset time. Nyamiha, Nemiga district
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Aerial view, cityscape of Minsk, Belarus. Summer season, sunset time. Nyamiha, Nemiga district.

Do Not Travel to Belarus due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws, the risk of detention, the Russian military attack on neighboring Ukraine, and the buildup of Russian military in Belarus along the border with Ukraine. U.S. citizens in Belarus should depart immediately via commercial or private means.

Burkina Faso

The Sindou peaks in Burkina Faso
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The Sindou peaks in Burkina Faso.

Do not travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism, crime, and kidnapping.

Burma (Myanmar)

Pagoda landscape in the plain of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
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Pagoda landscape in the plain of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma).

Do not travel to Burma due to civil unrest and armed conflict. Reconsider travel to Burma due to limited and/or inadequate healthcare resources. Exercise increased caution due to wrongful detentions and areas with land mines and unexploded ordinances.

Central African Republic

African fisherman rowing boat on Ubangi River, fishing in Bangui capital of Central African Republic. Traditional wooden boat made by African villagers
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Ubangi River, fishing in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic.

Do not travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to Embassy Bangui’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens, crime, civil unrest, and kidnapping.


Country of China
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Landscape of Guilin, Li River, and Karst mountains.

Reconsider travel to Mainland China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws, including in relation to exit bans, and the risk of wrongful detention.


Beach and tropical resort, Labadee island, Haiti. Exotic wild beach with palm and coconut trees against blue sky and azure water
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Labadee Island, Haiti.

Do not travel to Haiti due to kidnapping, crime, and civil unrest. U.S. citizens should depart Haiti now in light of the current security and health situation and infrastructure challenges. U.S. citizens wishing to depart Port-au-Prince should monitor local news and only do so when considered safe.


Sand towers of Kaluts in the Dasht-e-Lut desert. Iran
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Sand towers of Kaluts in the Dasht-e-Lut desert, Iran.

Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping and the arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Exercise increased caution due to wrongful detentions.


The beauty of nature in Kurdistan Zakho, northern Iraq
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Kurdistan Zakho, northern Iraq.

Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest, and Mission Iraq’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens.

Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza

Country of Israel
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Skyline of the Old City at the Western Wall and Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel.

Do not travel to Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza due to terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict. The U.S. government is unable to provide routine or emergency services to U.S. citizens in Gaza as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling there. Hamas, a U.S. government-designated foreign terrorist organization, controls the security infrastructure in Gaza. The security environment within Gaza and on its borders is dangerous and volatile. Sporadic mortar or rocket fire and corresponding Israeli military responses may occur at any time. During periods of unrest or armed conflict, the crossings between Gaza, Israel, and Egypt may be closed.


Country of Lebanon
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Rouche Sunset in Beirut.


Capital of Libya, Tripoli seafront skyline view
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Capital of Libya, Tripoli seafront skyline view.

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


View of Bamako and the Niger River in Mali
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Bamako and the Niger River in Mali.

Violent crime, such as kidnapping and armed robbery, is common in 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.


Country of Mexico
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Ruins of Tulum, Mexico, and a palm tree overlooking the Caribbean Sea in the Riviera Maya.

Do not travel to these various parts of Mexico due to crime and kidnapping: Colima state, Guerrero state, Michoacan state, Sinaloa state, Tamaulipas state, Zacatecas state.


Country of Niger
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Panoramic view of Niamey City, capital city of Niger.

Do not travel to Niger due to terrorism, civil unrest, violent crime, government instability. The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Niger due to a temporary reduction in embassy staff.


Russia, Kamchatka. Kronotsky Reserve. The bear sits on the shore of the Kurile lake and looks towards the Ilyinsky volcano.
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Russia, Kamchatka. Kronotsky Reserve with a view of the Ilyinsky volcano.

Do not travel to Russia due to the unpredictable consequences of the unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, the potential for harassment and the singling out of U.S. citizens for detention by Russian government security officials, the arbitrary enforcement of local law, limited flights into and out of Russia, the Embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, and the possibility of terrorism. U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Russia should depart immediately. Exercise increased caution due to the risk of wrongful detentions.


The Somalia giraffes eat the leaves of acacia trees
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Acacia trees in Somalia.

Violent crime, such as kidnapping and murder, is common throughout Somalia, including Puntland and the Somaliland region. Illegal roadblocks are widespread. Some schools and other facilities acting as “cultural rehabilitation” centers are operating throughout Somalia with inadequate or nonexistent licensing and oversight.  Reports of physical abuse and people being held against their will in these facilities are common.

South Sudan

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Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and the Nile River.

Violent crimes, such as carjackings, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies, and kidnappings, are common throughout South Sudan, including Juba. Foreign nationals have been the victims of sexual assault, armed robberies, and other violent crimes.


Panoramic landscape with the Nile river near Sai island at Kerma, Sudan
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Nile River near Sai island at Kerma, Sudan.

Do not travel to Sudan due to civil unrest. Reconsider travel due to crime, terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict. Crime, such as kidnapping, armed robbery, home invasion, and carjacking, can occur. This type of crime is more frequent outside of Khartoum.


The ancient fortress rises among an oasis in the Syrian desert. There are many palm trees around it. Syria before the war. Palmyra, Syria, the Middle East.
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Palmyra, Syria, the Middle East.

Do not travel to Syria due to terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, armed conflict, and risk of unjust detention. The U.S. Embassy in Damascus suspended its operations in February 2012. The Czech Republic serves as the protecting power for the United States in Syria. The U.S. government is unable to provide any emergency services to U.S. citizens in Syria.


Kyiv, Ukraine. July 10, 2021. Aerial view of the Ukrainian flag waving in the wind against the city of Kyiv, Ukraine near the famous statue of Motherland.
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Kyiv, Ukraine.

Do not travel to Ukraine due to Russia’s full-scale invasion. The Department of State continues to advise that U.S. citizens not travel to Ukraine due to active armed conflict. Those U.S. citizens in Ukraine should depart if it is safe to do so using commercial or other privately available ground transportation options.


Mount Roraima, Venezuela, South America
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Mount Roraima, Venezuela, South America.

Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, kidnapping, and the arbitrary enforcement of local laws.  Reconsider travel due to wrongful detentions, terrorism, and poor health infrastructure.


Dragon blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari) in Socotra island in Yemen
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Socotra Island, Yemen.

Do not travel to Yemen due to terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, kidnapping, armed conflict, and landmines.

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