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U.S. Issues New Travel Advisory Updates For These 7 Countries

Even the most beautiful and idyllic vacation destinations can pose the risk of crime, terrorism, and civil unrest that you may not be used to encountering in your everyday life.

As a result of the constant changes around the world, the U.S. has just issued travel advisory updates for 7 countries.

Statue in argentina

The U.S Government use a four-level system when alerting American travelers to the risks of their potential vacation destinations. Those are:

  • Level 1 – Exercise Normal Precautions
  • Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution
  • Level 3 – Reconsider Travel
  • Level 4 – Do Not Travel

The U.S has issued travel advisory updates for these 7 countries this month:

Uganda
Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travelers are advised to reconsider travel to Uganda due to the threat of terrorist attacks and the prevalence of violent crime.

This advice has been updated to reflect the recently enacted anti-LGBTQI+ legislation.

A busy street with lots of traffic in Kampala, Uganda

The Ugandan government introduced an Anti-Homosexuality Act in May that raises the risk that both LGBTQI+ individuals and those perceived to be LGBTQI+ risk prosecution and could be subjected to life imprisonment or death as a result.

If you do choose to travel to Uganda, you are advised to remain with a group of friends when in public, avoid displaying any signs of wealth, keep a low profile, remain vigilant, and don’t physically resist any robbery attempt.

LGBTQI+ travelers are strongly advised to reconsider their travel to Uganda.

Argentina
Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

Argentina is still considered a safe country and remains on the advisory level with the lowest level of risk to U.S. travelers.

The Level 1 travel advisory to exercise normal precautions in Argentina has been updated to include additional health information.

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Buenos Aires Argentina

In certain areas of Argentina, there is a prevalence of Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever, Dengue, Typhoid, and Rabies. It is recommended that you are up-to-date on your vaccinations against these diseases before you travel.

Travelers are also reminded that U.S. health insurance does not apply overseas, so you should secure health insurance with overseas coverage before you travel.

Denmark
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Travelers to Denmark continue to be reminded that they should exercise increased caution in the country due to the threat of terrorism.

Terrorist groups continue to consider Denmark a target, and the U.S. government warns that these attacks could occur with little to no warning.

A colorful boat in Torshavn marina in Denmark.

If you are planning to travel to Denmark, then you are advised to be aware of their surroundings, follow instructions issued by local authorities, and monitor local media in case information is released about any new or potential terrorist attacks.

Ecuador
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Travelers to Ecuador continue to be reminded to exercise increased caution in the country. The U.S. government travel advisory for Ecuador has been updated to include new health information.

Ecuador has a level 2 advisory rating due to the risk of civil unrest and crime. Violent crime is common in the country.

View of Cuenca Ecuador

Crime rates are higher in some parts of the country than in others, and U.S. travelers are advised to reconsider travel to Guayaquil north of Portete de Tarqui Avenue and not to travel to the south of Portete de Tarqui Avenue, as well as Carchi, Sucumbios, and the northern part of Esmeraldas provinces.

Travelers should be aware that demonstrations for political and economic reasons can occur regularly in Ecuador. Travelers are advised to prepare an emergency plan for situations where they are involved in a demonstration or fall victim to crime.

Dominican Republic
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

U.S. travelers to the Dominican Republic are advised to exercise increased caution due to high levels of crime.

Common crimes in the country include violent crimes, such as armed robbery, homicide, and sexual assault.

People on the beach in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for tourists. The development of a professional tourist police corps and the introduction of a 911 system means that the popular tourist areas of the country are safer than urban areas like Santo Domingo.

If you do travel to the Dominican Republic, you are advised to be aware of your surroundings, hide any obvious signs of wealth, and follow the advice of your resort and tour operators regarding local safety and security concerns.

Bolivia
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

The U.S. government travel advisory has been updated with new health information but remains at level 2. Travelers are advised to exercise increased caution.

This is because of the risk of civil unrest in Bolivia. Demonstrations, strikes, and roadblocks can occur at any time in the country.

Travelers are also advised not to travel to the Chapare region, and to reconsider travel to the Yungas region, due to the levels of crime.

Mercado De Las Brujas In La Paz, Bolivia

If you do visit Bolivia, you are advised to make sure your health insurance covers overseas care, and it is strongly recommended that you secure supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Medical care in large cities is adequate, but quality can vary, and many medical facilities are not equipped to handle serious medical emergencies.

Peru
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution  

Travelers visiting Peru are advised to exercise increased caution due to the levels of crime, civil unrest, and the possible risk of kidnapping. This alert has been reissued with updates to crime information.

The crimes that U.S travelers are warned about in Peru include petty theft, carjackings, muggings, assaults, and other violent crimes. Kidnapping is rare but does occur.

The risk of being a victim of crime increases at night in Peru.

Travelers sitting with a llama in Peru

Some areas have higher risk levels than others. U.S. travelers are advised not to travel to the Colombian-Peruvian border area, The Valley of the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), or the Puno region.

If you work for the U.S. government, then you cannot travel to Peru. U.S. government personnel cannot travel freely throughout Peru for security reasons.

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Reese

Friday 23rd of June 2023

Chile needs to be on this list

Jennifer Cruzado

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

Im from the Dominican Republic. And i can assure you the tourist area are safe. And you have your basics like Punta Cana and so on. But I would advise to exercise caution when traveling there. I personally prefer to travel to any country but the Dominican Republic.

Meli

Tuesday 27th of June 2023

@Jennifer Cruzado,

My husband and I just left Punta Cana on saturday and we felt safe even when we went out on a excursion. We were there for 5 days. Had a wonderful time and I can't wait to go back. My family are all from the Dominician Republic but they all live in the United States. As a dominican American i felt safe and my husband is from Jamaica and he felt more safe than me. He wanted to wander the punta cana but we stood on the resort the whole time except for the excusion.

Lilo Trujillo

Saturday 17th of June 2023

Just stay home. The risk to these countries from Americans is worse than the risk to Americans by these countries.

Cheryl M.

Monday 17th of July 2023

@Louis Pereira, Bravo! Bravo! Well stated and spot on! Shame on Kimi and the author of this article note adding all of amerikkka to the list. Yes, that is the correct spelling. I meant that. Safe Travels!

Marsha

Wednesday 28th of June 2023

@Kimi,Please take your mendacious drivel elsewhere. My husband and I feel safer south of the border than in many places in the US.

Jen Zang

Sunday 25th of June 2023

@Louis Pereira, how fortunately I am still alive living in NYC, taking subway daily to work.

Phillip

Saturday 24th of June 2023

@Kimi, we don't have e enough workers. Fact. Also, this country was built by immigrants. StreMline the immigration process so ppl can come and continue the work of building a great place to live.

Louis Pereira

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

@Kimi, Greetings! Unfortunately Lilo Trujilo point is very precise. When arriving to the USA beware of harassement by Imnigration officials. They may ask crazy, personal questions to confuse then using your answers to deny you entering into the country legaly detaining and excluding you for whatever imagined reason. No traveler should travel to many places or sections of Chicago, Baltimore, Miami, New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Boston, Saint Louis, New Orleans, even parts of Orlando Florida should be off limits because of gang shootings all over the place. Uber drivers will not travel to pick up riders at these areas for fear of being assaulted, robbed or killed. All these cities are drug infested with this new drug called Fentanyl that is killing more people per year than all years combined of the Vietnam war. Do NOT BUY OR USE STREET DRUGS IN THE USA. You can be killed or arrested while doing so. The level of homelessness in places like San Francisco has reached third world numbers. There are complete sections of San Fran that you cannot walk at nite because of muggings, human feces and urine odor. The US federal government does not get involved in these issues justfying is a state matter while the list of dead is growing. America has descended into chaos. If you are black, mulatto or " look Hispanic" beware of the police profiling you, illegal detentions, police harassement, beatings are daily occurences. In the year 2023 in the USA there are cities completely divided under racial lines. If you don't belong to that racial group you can be harassed out of town. The police will not help you! Be very careful on calling the police, they usualy investigate the caller as well. In the evening Women should not walk their dogs alone in many cities because of sexual assault, harassement, muggings.Beware! While traveling through the USA specialy when participating in big people gatherings, nightclubs, etc beware of your surroundings and never let the guard down because of mass shootings. Do not express your political views out in public, you can easily be beaten, injured, driven out of town simply because you support a certain politician. Stay away from any pro or anti abortion rally because it can turn deadly. Never forget the gay massacre wich took place in Orlando Florida. It can happen anywhere at anytime in the USA. And these issues have nothing to do with border issues as suggested by @Kimy. Exercise restraint and be very careful while traveling in or through the USA. According to the criteria used by the state department Level 3 travel advisory should be assigned to the USA.

James

Friday 16th of June 2023

What bureaucrats working remotely on the beach, comes up with this insanely idiotic list of countries. The travel industry must be thrilled as most of these places are tourist’s favorites. Why aren’t real trouble places on the list: Ukraine, Syria, North Korea, Iceland :), and most of all the US. Been to any of the major American cities lately!

Kimi

Monday 19th of June 2023

@James, yes in fact I live in a major American city and I'm calling you out on your nonsense. Look up the crime statistics for rio and compare it with my city, Seattle, or the vast majority of cities in the US for that matter and let the numbers tell the real story your too biased and hateful to tell apparently

Wanda

Friday 16th of June 2023

It's really hard for me to understand that Americans can not go to any of these countries because of their lives being threatened, yet people from these countries are coming across the border for a free life. Everything is being handed too them but Americans are at the bottom of the list as far as our government is concerned.

Kimi

Monday 19th of June 2023

@Wanda, sorry Wanda I addressed my last response to you by mistake when it was intended for someone else- I agree with you completely

Kimi

Monday 19th of June 2023

@Wanda, don't worry we are allowed to go to your country but we probably don't care to. The everyone against America narrative is stale, you clearly don't know anything about my country besides what you hear on the news so your opinion is fairly irrelevant

Georgia

Saturday 17th of June 2023

@Wanda, it does not say that you can't travel, just to be careful. I would also point some other things out but you seem to be the average American that needs to get some information. So, please, don't leave the US, ever!

Elizabeth

Saturday 17th of June 2023

@Wanda, I think you exxagerate our suffering as Americans.

Mark

Saturday 17th of June 2023

@Wanda, They did not say they couldn't go but they should be very careful. Venezuela is on a level 4 advisory and has been for a long time that is not some place anyone with AUS passport should go. People are living Venezuela in greater numbers than any other South American country because the crime is so severe And murders so common especially in the LGBT community.