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4 countries issued new travel advisory updates from the US Department of State.


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The US Department of State has just issued new travel advisory updates for 4 countries.

As we are in the midst of one of the busiest travel seasons, it is important that travelers are aware of the latest information to stay safe while abroad.

Colorful town in Ecuador

The United States Department of State recently issued new travel advisories for these four countries:

  • Ecuador
  • Sri Lanka
  • Nepal
  • Maldives

The US government has shared different information and updates about each destination, and travelers should consider the recent advisories listed below.

Just a few days ago, the State Department also issued travel advisories for 7 other countries: Uganda, Argentina, Denmark, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Peru.

San Pablo, Lake, E, Otavalo, Ecuador

Here’s what travelers need to know about the new advisory updates issued this week for each country:


Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution

On June 22, a new update was uploaded to the official travel advisory website regarding Ecuador.

The country remains at “Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution” as in the previous update, only this time, the new information has to do with crime.

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traditional parade during independence day in the historic center of Cuenca, Ecuador

The US government has warned of kidnappings and crime in certain areas, including the popular city of Guayaquil.

The new information indicates that travelers must avoid the provinces of El Oro —especially Huaquillas and Arenillas—, Los Ríos, Santo Domingo, Manabí, Carchi, Santa Elena, and Cañar.

Those areas are high risk and higher crime rates have been reported.

Digital nomads heading to this country for the new digital nomad visa should be careful and remain cautious.

Woman taking pictures in the Galapagos Islands

Sri Lanka

Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution

This South Asian island country remains at Tier 2 according to the US Department of State, and the new information included in the advisories is related to health updates.

According to new updates shared by the government, there are shortages of medications that could affect travelers, and the US government’s ability to help is limited.

The country is going through a difficult economic situation and protests related to the current crisis can break out at any time.

tea plantations in sri lanka

In addition, there have recently been terrorist attacks in public areas, including tourist locations.

Access to imported goods, medicines, fuel and food is limited and there are problems with public transport. Also, power outages happen frequently.

Travelers should be very careful when visiting this country.


Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution

This popular destination among adventure travelers has also received a new health update.

The US government has said that travelers should be aware that healthcare and infrastructure in Nepal do not meet US standards.

Prayer flags and background of Mount Annapurna I from Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal.

In addition, there are political demonstrations that can turn into violent situations.

Travelers should not walk alone and it is recommended that they stay away from the demonstrations.


Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution

The main travel advisory for the Maldives is related to terrorism. Visitors should know that popular tourist spots and public places have been attacked by terrorist groups.

Alila Kothaifaru Maldives Aerial view of overwater bungalows

In the most recent update, travelers are encouraged to monitor and visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travel Health Notices and also to avoid crowds and demonstrations.

Other travel warnings

Along with the countries listed above, the State Department also updated the advisory pages for other nations this week:

  • Afghanistan – Level 4: Do not travel
  • Pakistan – Level 3: Reconsider traveling
  • Turkmenistan – Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution
  • Tajikistan – Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution
  • Kazakhstan – Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution
  • Bhutan – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
  • India – Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution
  • Kyrgyzstan – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions

Most of the updates are related to health recommendations that travelers can also review on the CDC website.

Exterior of the CDC headquarters in the United States

For all destinations around the world, U.S. citizens are encouraged to read and follow the State Department’s recommendations on social media, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and review the US security report. USA

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