These Are the US Travel Advisory Updates for 2019



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As we flesh out vacation plans each year, it’s important to revisit the travel advisories that have been issued by the US Department of State, especially as these advisories are constantly being updated. For example in January, we saw the US update its travel advisory for China to a Level 2, due to what the Department of State is calling “arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.”

There as four categories of travel advisories: “Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions”, “Level Two: Exercise Increased Caution”, “Level 3: Reconsider Travel”, and “Level 4: Do Not Travel.” The US Department of State recommends travelers do the following upon any decision to visit a country with a standing travel advisory:

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for the country.
  • US citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

In order to help you keep up, TPG has compiled a list of all the advisories that have been issued or updated since January 2019 (you can also find the latest list of travel advisories on the State Department’s website), as well as ALL of the Level 4 advisories to date.

Level 1 Advisories (Exercise Normal Precautions):

Aruba

Bahrain

Barbados

Bermuda

Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba

Cambodia

Canada

Cayman Islands

Croatia

Curacao

Gabon

Georgia

Grenada

Liberia

Luxembourg

Mongolia

Montserrat

Qatar

Saint Lucia

Saint Maarten

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

Sao Tome and Principe

Taiwan

Vietnam

Level 2 Advisories (Exercise Increased Caution):

Algeria

Antarctica

Belize

China

Indonesia

Nepal

Tunisia

Level 3 Advisories (Reconsider Travel):

Turkey

Venezuela

All Current Level 4 Advisories (Do Not Travel):

Afghanistan

Central African Republic

Iran

Iraq

Libya

Mali

North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)

Somalia

South Sudan

Syria

Yemen

This article has been updated as of 01/17/19.

Featured image of the map of US travel advisories by the US Department of State.

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