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8 major US travel advisories and warnings issued in April 2024



8 Important U.S. Travel Advisories & Alerts Issued In April 2024

In April 2024, the US Department of State issued a number travel advisories and warnings based on the latest safety news in multiple countries.

The warning levels range from ‘Level 2: take extra care’ to ‘Level 3: reconsider travel’ and ‘Level 4: do not travel’.

In most cases, these alerts were sent due to concerns about terrorism, armed conflict and civil unrest.

Without further ado, let’s explore what the US government is advising on these seven countries and territories.

Iraq – Level 4: Do not travel

According to the US Department of State Americans involved in tourism in Iraq run ‘their own risk’. If they do want to visit Iraq for leisure purposes, they must purchase travel insurance that covers medical evacuation.

Female travelers have reportedly been victims of “threats, kidnappings, abuse and extortion, loss of custody of children and forced marriages.”

However, terrorism on the territory of Iraq is his main concern. According to the agency, terrorists use not only bombs, but also knives, firearms and vehicles to attack civilians.

Targeted locations include all types of public events, places of worship, education centers, shopping centers and transportation systems.

Make no mistake. ISIS, militias and criminal gangs are actively targeting American citizens “for attacks and hostage takings.”

Message from the US Embassy in Mexico

On April 19, the US Embassy in Mexico informed its citizens about receiving an embassy alerts via WhatsApp.

Ecuador – Level 2: Be extra careful

Ecuador is a relatively safe country to visit. There are cases of civil unrest, murder, armed robbery and kidnapping. But it doesn’t happen everywhere.

Do not travel to Guayaquil, south of Portete de Tarqui Avenue; Huaquillas, Arenillas Quevedo, Quinsaloma, Pueblo Viejo, the Canton of Duran and Esmeraldas due to crime.

Tourists entering Ecuador through the land border crossings of Colombia and Peru must show immigration officials an apostille certificate proving a criminal record. This certificate is issued by your local police department and must be delivered in person.

US Embassy Warning in Australia

On April 15, the U.S. Embassy in Australia issued a “message‘ for American tourists visiting Australia because of a random attack on a shopping mall.

Joel Cauchi, 40, killed six people and injured 12 at Bondi Junction’s Westfield shopping centre. The attacker specifically targeted women.

In a second case, a teenager stabbed a bishop and a priest in a church on April 16 in an act of “religiously motivated extremism.”

Americans must “stay vigilant” surrounded by large crowds at all times in all types of public locations in Australia.

China, Hong Kong, Macau

Mainland China – Level 3: Reconsider travel

American tourists need to know that China has issued exit bans and unlawful detentions against US citizens.

In such cases, U.S. citizens may not have access to consular assistance and may not be informed of their alleged crimes. This mainly happens to business people, ex-government employees, academics and journalists.

These exit bans have been used to force Chinese family members to return home, resolve legal issues in favor of the country’s citizens, and negotiate with international governments.

Please note that the Chinese government does not recognize dual citizenship for Americans. So if you get into legal trouble, you are not considered an American.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) – Level 2: Be extra careful

Civil liberties in Hong Kong have been severely restricted since June 30-June 22.

Hong Kong SAR officials has further limited these freedoms from March 23, 2024.

According to the SAR government, foreigners and nationals may be guilty of “vaguely defined crimes, such as treason, insurrection, theft of state secrets, sabotage against public infrastructure and outside interference.”

Participating in public demonstrations could land you in jail for “acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, or conspiracy with a foreign country.”

Hong Kong does not recognize your dual nationality. In every respect you are only a Hong Konger.

Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) – Level 3: Reconsider travel

The U.S. government has limited consular capacity to assist you if you run into legal trouble in Macau.

US citizens with dual citizenship are more likely to be harassed. Macau is another Chinese territory that does not recognize your dual citizenship. If you get into legal trouble, you can only rely on your local nationality.

Do not participate in political demonstrations. That could land you in jail.

Israel, the West Bank and Gaza

The US Department of State issues an updated travel advisory for Israel

In April 2024 alone, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza were issued five different travel warnings due to the changing political and security situation in these areas.

According to the last travel advice of April 20American citizens must remain alert at all times as security incidents occur with little to no warning.

Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings and register via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts about the security situation in the area.

Israel – Reconsider travel

The security situation Israelremains unstable due to terrorism and civil unrest.

American citizens should be prepared to easily find fallout shelters as quickly as possible in case of rocket fire, which happens without warning.

U.S. government employees under the security responsibility of the Head of Mission may be subject to increased security restrictions without notice.

West Bank – Reconsider travel

Americans should reconsider travel to the West Bank due to terrorism, civil unrest and an increase in violence in recent months.

US government employees in Israel under the direction of the head of mission are not allowed to travel to the West Bank for the time being. (This does not apply to certain restricted areas).

Gaza – Do not travel

US citizens are prohibited from traveling to Gaza due to terrorism and armed conflict.

Israel is conducting large-scale military operations in Gaza against Hamas, so the US government is not providing consular assistance to citizens for the time being.

So if you travel to Gaza, you must have a security plan that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.

If you decide to travel to Gaza despite this, be prepared to be stuck in Gaza indefinitely as the borders can close at any time without warning.

Be sure to take your medications with you and leave DNA samples with your medical provider at home, in case you are murdered.

Armenia – Level 2: Be extra careful

Armenia is a relatively safe country to travel to. However, there are some areas you should not visit.

This country is currently engaged in an armed conflict. So do not travel to the border area with Azerbaijan; Gegharkunik region east of Vardenis; Syunik region east of Goris; Syunik region south of Kapan; and the village of Yeraskh.

Sometimes travelers unintentionally cross international borders. Not knowing this could get you into legal trouble, so make sure you know exactly where you are.