US State Department Issues 12 ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisories
The US Department of State issued Level 4 Travel Advisories for 12 countries on April 9, 2019.
These ‘Do Not Travel’ advisories say prospective visitors should pay special attention to each country’s safety and security information.
Some U.S. citizens with special considerations, such as women and LGBTI travelers, may face additional challenges when traveling abroad. Moreover, the State Department says ‘travellers should assess the risk of visiting these countries.
And, if you do decide to travel, make a plan for what to do if something goes wrong overseas.
Listed below are the updated Level 4 Travel Advisories:
- Central African Republic
- South Sudan
Most of these countries have, or had, a US Embassy, which may publish location information on each website. U.S. Embassy personnel may have limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in emergencies.
Previously, during January 2019, the State Department issued a ‘Worldwide Caution’ with specific recommendations on how to prepare for possible contingencies, receive information on breaking security events and ensure that travelers can be contacted in an emergency.
U.S. citizens are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive security messages and to make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Further, always have a contingency plan and ensure your U.S. passport is valid and available if needed.
Separately, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues Travel Alerts, which are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific international destinations.
Previous State Department Travel Advisories and CDC Travel Alerts can be found at this website.
Additionally, the CDC says U.S. citizens traveling internationally should ensure they are up-to-date on routine vaccinations, such as MMR, DTaP, Varicella, Polio, and a yearly flu shot.
And, certain international travelers may need hepatitis A, typhoid and yellow fever vaccinations to enter certain countries.
International travelers can easily request a vaccine, medication, and supplies counseling appointment at Vax-Before-Travel.
Travel vaccines, like any medicine, can cause side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of vaccines to your healthcare provider or the CDC.