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Do Not Travel To These Destinations In 2024, According To The U.S. State Department

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The world is a beautiful place, but not every destination is a safe haven for outsiders. Many factors go into what makes a certain place safe or not, but there's enough data for the U.S. State Department to discourage visiting a hefty list of countries.

There are 21 countries listed as ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel' – the highest designation for U.S. travel advisories.

beautiful haiti landscape

In no particular order, let's take a look at some of the most noteworthy that may be the most appealing to travelers.

Myanmar (Burma)

Southeast Asia has long been a draw to escape into a new culture of vast wonders. Most destinations in this region are widely considered safe to explore with the exception of Myanmar, also known as Burma.

The latest advisory was updated in July 2023, but without new updates heading into 2024, we can only assume the listed safety concerns have not improved.

temples of Myanmar

Those concerns primarily consist of potential wrongful detentions, civil unrest, and lack of healthcare resources.

It's best to stick with Thailand, Laos and Indonesia, among others, for your Southeast Asia adventures.

Libya

Libya is a place beaming with potential for tourism, but it just hasn't turned a corner to be deemed safe for visitors.

With historical ruins to explore and gorgeous seaside scenery, this North African nation continues to go through various periods of turmoil, which is unwelcoming to travelers.

libya flags on tripoli street

Should you forego the advisory, you should be wary of consistent terrorism threats, potential wrongful detainments, and kidnappings for ransom.

Neighboring Tunisia may be your best, much safer alternative.

Belarus

When we think of Europe, we may not think twice before booking a flight. However, there are destinations to avoid.

Commonly ignored as a tourist destination, Belarus was last given ‘Level 4' status in July 2023 and stands today.

people walking in minsk Belarus

Concerns are trickle-down effects from the Russian-Ukraine war as Belarus is firmly tethered to Russia.

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk suspended consulate services and urged all Americans to ‘depart immediately'.

Other concerns are arbitrary enforcement of laws, civil unrest, and potential detainments without the ability to assist.

Russia

When Russia attacked Ukraine, they practically sealed their fate as a no-go zone. Should this war end soon, perhaps the safety situation will change.

st. basil's cathedral Moscow

It's a shame to see such an iconic country be off-limits for tourists, but according to the State Dept. (and common sense), it's the right move.

Taking selfies with Russia's mesmerizing architecture will have to wait for another day. Common concerns from the travel advisory issued are singling out U.S. passport holders, limited ability to assist with wrongful detentions, and limited flight options.

Ukraine

To no surprise, Ukraine is another European destination to avoid, as dangerous conflicts are still problematic and unpredictable across the country.

kiev at sunset

In the State Department's own words, “Do not travel to Ukraine due to Russia’s war against Ukraine”.

While U.S. tourists should not be targeted in Ukraine as the two countries are allies, should you ignore the advisory and venture into Ukraine by land, it's important to know where you're going.

The State Dept. warns of Russian-occupied territories singling out Americans. Martial law is in effect, and there is no air travel at this time.

Venezuela

It's unfortunate for travelers that Venezuela is off-limits. Truth be told, the nation is very impoverished, although rich in culture and natural attractions.

Angel Fall in Venezuela

As one of the most postcard-worthy destinations in Latin America, the country is unpredictable when it comes to tourists' safety.

Caracas is a vibrant, bustling city with stunning landscapes and there are many tropical destinations within Venezuela's borders that should be on travelers' bucket lists should the country become safer.

Right now, the State Department lists about every possible scenario to deter travelers, ranging from kidnappings to arbitrary laws to poor healthcare.

Haiti

Haiti should be a Caribbean paradise, but unfortunately, it has been tough to navigate a trip here for years and years.

stacked colorful houses in Haiti

Due to natural disasters, civil unrest, and an influx of violent crime, this naturally beautiful destination has become disastrous.

Visiting comes with kidnapping risks and just about every violent crime imaginable. Even with direct flights from the U.S., it's best to stick with the much more popular Dominican Republic, which neighbors Haiti.

14 Remaining Countries Deemed Off-Limits

sanaa yemen

There are 15 more off-path countries listed as ‘Level 4′ that may not be on travelers' radars.

  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Syria
  • Afghanistan
  • Lebanon
  • Yemen
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Central African Republic
  • Burkina Faso
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Somalia
  • North Korea

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Anne

Monday 11th of December 2023

Rather surprised that Israel isn't on the list?

Julian

Monday 11th of December 2023

Israel because of the war.

John

Monday 25th of December 2023

@Julian, it is a level 4 along with 14 other countries.

Tom

Monday 11th of December 2023

No Israel, there is a War going on there

Anne

Monday 11th of December 2023

@Tom, I just asked the same.