Looking to book a trip? Considering international travel? Seeing the world and other cultures can be a wonderous thing. But that doesn’t mean that every destination is the safest place to travel, especially at a specific time. The United States government wants to make sure all citizens are safe when traveling. One way they do this is by issuing travel advisories. These are ever-changing as conditions can change rapidly. The Department of States issues a Travel Advisory for each country in the world. These can be checked anytime at travel.state.gov. There have been numerous updates to the United States travel warnings since 2023 began.

But before we tell you about those let’s delve a little more into what these mean. There are four levels (one through four). One being “exercise normal precautions” and four being “do not travel”.  Below you will find a list of all the level 3 and 4 countries that have been updated since 2023 began and their corresponding risk indicators. You can also view the ones that were previously updated. Want more info about a certain country or want to see the level for a country not mentioned? You can get all the current info on United States travel warnings here.

Also, note that Isreal and Mexico are not mentioned on this list and are categorized as “Level Other” with the advice being to avoid both places.

  • Level Four Travel Advisories (According to The US Department of State)

    What This Means

    Level 4 – Do Not Travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance. The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.   

  • Burma (Myanmar)

    Date Updated: February 27, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Civil Unrest, Health, Wrongful Detention, Other

    Myanmar (Burma)

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  • Russia

    Date Updated: February 13, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Kidnapping or Hostage Taking, Wrongful Detention, Other

    Russia

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  • Iran

    Date Updated: January 26, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Civil Unrest, Kidnapping or Hostage Taking, Wrongful Detention, Other

    Iran

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  • Mali

    Date Updated: January 18, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime, Terrorism, Kidnapping or Hostage Taking

    Mali

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  • Venezuela

    Date Updated: January 12, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime, Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Health, Kidnapping or Hostage Taking, Wrongful Detention, Other

    Venezuela

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  • Iraq

    Date Updated: January 3, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Kidnapping or Hostage Taking, Other

    Iraq

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  • Other Level 4 Countries Added Pre-2023

    • Somalia
    • Haiti
    • Ukraine
    • Afghanistan
    • Yemen
    • Syria
    • Sudan
    • South Sudan
    • North Korea
    • Lybya
    • Central African Republic
    • Burkina
    • Belarus
  • Level Three Travel Advisories (According to The US Department of State)

    What this means:

    Reconsider Travel: Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time. 

  • China

    Date Updated: March 10, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Health, Wrongful Detentions, Other

    China

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  • Ethiopia

    Date Updated: March 9, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime, Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Kidnapping or Hostage Taking, Other

    Ethiopia

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  • El Salvador

    Date Updated: March 6, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime

    El Salvador

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  • Honduras

    Date Updated: March 1, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime, Kidnapping and Hostage Taking

    Honduras

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  • Guatemala

    Date Updated: March 1, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime

    Guatemala

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  • Burundi

    Date Updated: February 13, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime, Health, Other

    Burundi

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  • Pakistan

    Date Updated: February 8, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Terrorism, Kidnapping or Hostage Taking, Other

    Pakistan

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  • Lebanon

    Date Updated: February 1, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime, Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Kidnapping or Hostage Taking, Other

    Lebanon

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  • Nigeria

    Date Updated: February 1, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime, Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Kidnapping or Hostage Taking, Other

    Nigeria

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  • Uganda

    Date Updated: January 18, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime, Terrorism

    Uganda

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  • Colombia

    Date Updated: January 4, 2023

    Risk Indicators: Crime, Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Kidnapping or Hostage Taking

    Colombia

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  • Other Level 4 Countries Added Pre-2023

    • Peru
    • Nicaragua
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tuvalu
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Niger
    • Micronesia
    • Mauritania
    • Marshall Islands
    • Kiribati
    • Jamaica
    • Hong Kong
    • Guyana
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Egypt
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Cote d’lvoire
    • Chad
    • Macau

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