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US issues new travel advisory updates for these 7 countries


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No matter where in the world you choose to travel this summer, it’s important to stay safe.

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

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

statue in argentina

The US government uses a four-tier system when alerting US travelers to the risks of their potential vacation destinations. Those are:

  • Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
  • Level 2 – Exercise Greater Caution
  • Level 3: Reconsider traveling
  • Level 4 – Do not travel

United States has issued travel advisory updates for these 7 countries this month:

Level 3: Reconsider traveling

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

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

A busy street with heavy traffic in Kampala, Uganda

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

If you choose to travel to Uganda, we recommend that you stay with a group of friends when in public, avoid showing signs of wealth, keep a low profile, remain alert and do not physically resist any attempted robbery.

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

Level 1: Exercise normal precautions

Argentina is still considered a safe country and remains at the advisory level with the lowest level of risk for US travelers.

The Level 1 travel advisory to take 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 be up to date with your vaccinations against these diseases before you travel.

Travelers are also reminded that US health insurance does not apply abroad, so you should obtain health insurance with foreign coverage before you travel.

Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution

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

Terrorist groups continue to target Denmark, and the US government warns that these attacks could occur with little or no warning.

A colorful boat in the Torshavn marina in Denmark.

If you plan to travel to Denmark, you are advised to be aware of your surroundings, follow instructions issued by local authorities, and monitor local media for information about any new or potential terrorist attacks.

Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution

Travelers to Ecuador continue to be reminded to exercise extra caution in the country. The US 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 others, and American travelers are advised to reconsider traveling to Guayaquil north of Avenida Portete de Tarqui and not traveling south of Avenida Portete de Tarqui, as well as to Carchi, Sucumbíos, and the northern part of the Esmeraldas provinces.

Travelers should keep in mind that demonstrations for political and economic reasons can occur regularly in Ecuador. Travelers are advised to prepare an emergency plan for situations in which they participate in a demonstration or are the victim of a crime.

Dominican Republic
Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution

American travelers to the Dominican Republic are advised to use extra caution due to high crime levels.

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 force and the introduction of a 911 system means popular tourist areas of the country are safer than urban areas like Santo Domingo.

If you are traveling 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 concerns.

Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution

The US Government Travel Advisory has been updated with new health information, but remains at Level 2. Travelers are advised to use extra caution.

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

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

Witches Market In La Paz, Bolivia

If you are visiting Bolivia, you are advised to ensure that your health insurance covers care abroad, and it is strongly recommended that you obtain supplementary insurance to cover medical evacuation.

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

Level 2: Exercise Greater Caution

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

Crimes American travelers are warned about in Peru include theft, carjacking, muggings, muggings, and other violent crimes. Kidnapping is rare but it does happen.

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. US travelers are advised not to travel to the Colombian-Peruvian border area, the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), or the Puno region.

If you work for the United States government, then you cannot travel to Peru. United States government personnel are not allowed to travel freely throughout Peru for security reasons.

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