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 that you stay safe.

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

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

Statue in argentina

The US Government use a four-level system when alerting American travelers to the risks of their potential vacation destinations. those are:

  • Level 1 – Exercise Normal Precautions
  • Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution
  • Level 3 – Considering Travel
  • Level 4 – Do Not Travel

The US has issued travel advisory updates for these 7 countries this month:

Level 3: Considering Travel

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

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

A busy street with lots of traffic in Kampala, Uganda

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

If you do choose to travel to Uganda, you are advised to remain with a group of friends when in public, avoid displaying any signs of wealth, keep a low profile, remain vigilante, and don’t physically resist any robbery attempt.

LGBTQI+ travelers are strongly advised to consider their travel 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 to US travelers.

The Level 1 travel advisory to exercise 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 are up-to-date on your vaccinations against these diseases before you travel.

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

Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

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

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

A colorful boat in Torshavn marina in Denmark.

If you are planning to travel to Denmark, then you are advised to be aware of their surroundings, follow instructions issued by local authorities, and monitor local media in case information is released about any new or potential terrorist attacks.

Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Travelers to Ecuador continue to be reminded to exercise increased 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 in others, and US travelers are advised to reconsider travel to Guayaquil north of Portete de Tarqui Avenue and not to travel to the south of Portete de Tarqui Avenue, as well as Carchi, Sucumbios, and the northern part of Esmeraldas province.

Travelers should be aware that demonstrations for political and economic reasons can occur regularly in Ecuador. Travelers are advised to prepare an emergency plan for situations where they are involved in a demonstration or fall victim to crime.

Dominican Republic
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

US travelers to the Dominican Republic are advised to exercise increased caution due to high levels of crime.

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

If you do travel 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 and security concerns.

Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

The US government travel advisory has been updated with new health information but remains at level 2. Travelers are advised to exercise increased caution.

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

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

Mercado De Las Brujas In La Paz, Bolivia

If you do visit Bolivia, you are advised to make sure your health insurance covers overseas care, and it is strongly recommended that you secure supplemental 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 Increased Caution

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

The crimes that US travelers are warned about in Peru include petty theft, carjackings, muggings, assaults, and other violent crimes. Kidnapping is rare but does occur.

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 Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), or the Puno region.

If you work for the US government, then you cannot travel to Peru. US government personnel cannot travel freely throughout Peru for security reasons.

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