15 Countries Not Safe For Americans To Travel To

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Traveling can be a thrilling and culturally enriching experience. However, researching before reaching a destination is crucial to avoid potential risks and uncertainties.

While some countries are safe for Americans to travel, others can be risky. Here are some countries that U.S. travel advisories marked as “Do not travel” on their list.

1. Afghanistan

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U.S. citizens should not at all travel to Afghanistan due to “terrorism, risk of wrongful detention, kidnapping, and crime,” states U.S Travel Advisories. Several terrorist groups are active in the country, posing a threat to U.S. citizens who may become targets of kidnapping and wrongful detentions.

Moreover, the country is prone to earthquakes which might increase the risks.

2. Myanmar

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The State Department confirmed the civil unrest and armed conflict occurrence throughout Myanmar as reasons not to travel. There is the risk of wrongful detention of U.S. nationals by the military regime.

Furthermore, the U.S. government currently faces restrictions in delivering emergency services because government employees require special authorization to travel beyond Rangoon.

3. Iran

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The travel advisory cautions U.S. citizens against visiting Iran due to various concerns, including the threat of terrorism, surrogacy tourism risks, kidnapping, civil unrest, and arbitrary arrest of U.S. citizens.

U.S. nationals, especially dual-national U.S.-Iranian individuals on charges like espionage and alleged threats to national security. Private companies facilitating surrogacy services in Iran misrepresent the security situation, endangering U.S. citizens through the unregulated surrogacy tourism industry.

4. Venezuela

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Traveling to Venezuela can be unsafe as crime, political unrest, arbitrary enforcement of local laws, and violent crimes like homicide, kidnapping, and carjacking are common. Furthermore, it is determined that there is a risk of wrongful detention of U.S. nationals by the Maduro regime.

The U.S. Department of State also encourages U.S. citizens who require consular services to leave the country as soon as possible by contacting the U.S. embassy.

5. Iraq

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The State Department warned American citizens not to travel to Iraq due to the terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest, and Mission Iraq’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens. Americans in Iraq face high risks to safety and security as anti-U.S. militias target and threaten U.S. citizens and international companies in Iraq.

Frequent demonstrations, protests, and strikes across the country can rapidly develop without warning, disrupting traffic, transportation, and services.

6. Russia

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Avoid traveling to Russia due to the unpredictable consequences of the unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, potential harassment, targeting of U.S. citizens for detention by Russian government security officials, arbitrary enforcement of local laws, restricted flights, limited embassy assistance, and the risk of terrorism, warns U.S. Department of State.

7. Ukraine

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Travel Advisories continues to advise U.S. citizens not to travel to Ukraine due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

There are reports that Russian forces and their proxies are targeting U.S. citizens in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, subjecting them to detention, interrogation, or harassment based on their nationality.

8. North Korea

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Avoid traveling to North Korea due to the persistent and serious threat of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals. “All U.S. passports are invalid for travel to, in, or through the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) unless specially validated for such travel under the authority of the Secretary of State,” informs Travel Advisories.

Furthermore, due to the absence of diplomatic or consular relations between the two countries, the U.S. government is unable to offer emergency services to its citizens in North Korea.

9. Libya

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Americans should avoid traveling to Libya as U.S. citizens have been targets of crimes like kidnapping for ransom and armed conflict. Libya continues to experience elevated levels of violent extremist activity, with extremist groups issuing threats against U.S. government officials and citizens.

Terrorist attacks may occur suddenly, targeting tourist locations, hotels, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, and government facilities.

10. Yemen

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The U.S. Department of State warns Americans from traveling to Yemen as a civil war continues in this country along with crime risks like armed conflicts, kidnapping, and landmines

. The risk of kidnapping and detention of U.S. citizens in Yemen, especially dual U.S.-Yemeni citizens is extremely high.

Additionally, U.S. citizens, especially young individuals, face the danger of abduction for forced marriages, sometimes involving force, fraud or coercion by family members in the United States and/or Yemen.

11. Sudan

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Sudan is not safe to travel to due to the ongoing armed conflict, civil unrest, crime, terrorism, home invasion, and kidnapping.

The current situation in Sudan is violent, explosive, and extremely unpredictable, targeting government facilities, both foreign and local, as well as areas commonly visited by Westerners.

12. Syria

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The U.S. government strongly advises against private U.S. citizens traveling to Syria for armed conflict, emphasizing the considerable personal risks involved, such as kidnapping by armed groups, unjust arrests, injuries, or fatalities.

The significant risks of death or severe injury stem from kidnappings, unjust arrests, chemical warfare, shelling, and aerial bombardment by armed groups, while increased hardships result from the destruction of infrastructure, housing, medical facilities, schools, and essential utilities.

13. Belarus

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Ever since the Belarusian authorities’ continued facilitation of Russia’s war against Ukraine, the arbitrary enforcement of local laws, civil unrest, and risk of detention have become common in Belarus. Traveling to Belarus is not advised as the U.S. citizens near demonstrations have faced arrests, with some experiencing harassment and/or mistreatment at the hands of Belarusian officials.

14. Haiti

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The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens from traveling to Haiti due to widespread violent crimes such as kidnapping for ransom, carjacking, civil unrest, and poor healthcare infrastructure that includes U.S. citizens. The Department of State has mandated the evacuation of family members of U.S. government employees and non-emergency personnel.

15. Somalia

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Travel Advisories lists Somalia as “do not travel,” due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy. Terrorists actively plan kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks, often with minimal warning.

Targets include airports, seaports, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, and locations with large crowds frequented by Westerners and government, military, and Western convoys.

Limited by the absence of a permanent consular presence, the U.S. government has minimal capacity to offer emergency services to U.S. citizens in Somalia.