Today's world is an unsteady and dangerous place at best and travelers must keep that in mind while visiting other countries. Political unrest, wars and drug problems are ever present in the world today. Fortunately, I have never been to a place that was dealing with more than an average danger of any kind when I was abroad. The closest time I came to political unrest was visiting Berlin and going through East Germany and the closest I came to a country with drug problems was in Denmark where drugs were available everywhere in 1977. Any time I have been in countries with moderate or higher problems, such as Mexico or Honduras, I was either on a tour or a cruise. I didn't even think to worry about such problems then.
If you do your homework in advance make certain the places that you visit are safe, you won't have to worry either. But where can you go to find which places are dangerous and which are safe? The place that I go to when I plan a trip is the
Lebanon - Crime, terrorism, and armed conflict.
Mauritania - Crime and terrorism.
Niger - Crime and terrorism.
Nigeria - Crime, terrorism, and piracy.
Pakistan - Terrorism
Russia - Terrorism and harassment.
Sudan - Terrorism and civil unrest.
Turkey - Terrorism and arbitrary detentions
Venezuela - Crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.
Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution
Algeria - Terrorism
Anguilla - Aftermath of natural disaster
Antarctica - Environmental hazard
Azerbaijan - Terrorism
Bangladesh - Crime and terrorism
Belgium - Terrorism
Belize - Crime
Bosnia-Herzegovina - Terrorism & Land mines
Brazil - Crime
Burkina Faso - Crime and terrorism
Cameroon - Crime
China - "the arbitrary enforcement of local laws and special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals."
Colombia - Crime and terrorism
Congo-Brazzaville (ROC) - Crime and civil unrest
Congo-Kinshasha (DRC) - Crime and civil unrest
Cote d'Ivoire - Crime and terrorism
Denmark - Terrorism
Domincan Republic - Crime
Egypt - Terrorism
Eritrea - Travel restrictions and limited consular assistance.
Ethiopia - the potential for civil unrest and communications disruptions.
France - Terrorism
Germany - Terrorism
Guyana - Crime
India - Crime and terrorism
Indonesia - Terrorism
Level 4 - Do not travel to these countries:
Afghanistan - Crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict.
Central African Republic (CAR) - Crime and civil unrest.
Iran - Arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.
Iraq - Terrorism and armed conflict.
Libya - Crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict.
Mali - Crime and terrorism
North Korea - Due to the serious risk of arrest and
long-term detention of U.S. nationals.
Somalia - Crime, terrorism, and piracy.
South Sudan - Crime and armed conflict.
Syria - Terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict.
Yemen - Terrorism, civil unrest, health, and armed conflict.
State Department at the following website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html. I always follow that up with a trip to my trip counselor at my local AAA office afterwards.
As of August 2018 these were the alerts posted. Please see an updated list for more information at the State Department website.
Israel and The West Bank - Terrorism
Gaza - Terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict.
Italy - Terrorism
Jamaica - Crime
Jordan - Terrorism and armed conflict
Kenya - Crime
Kosovo - Terrorism and civil unrest
Maldives - Terrorism
Mexico - Crime
Nepal - The potential for isolated political violence.
Nicaragua - Crime
Papua New Guinea - crime and civil unrest
Phillippines - Crime, terrorism, and civil unrest
Saudi Arabia - Terrorism and the threat of missile attacks on civilian targets.
Sierra Leone - Crime
South Africa - Crime
Spain - Terrorism
Tanzania - Crime, terrorism, and targeting of LGBTI persons.
The Bahamas - Crime
Togo - Crime and civil unrest
Tunisia - Terrorism
Turks and Caicos - Crime
Uganda - Crime
UK - Terrorism
Ukraine - Crime and civil unrest, foreign occupation.
Zimbabwe - Crime and civil unrest.
Level 3 - Reconsider travel
British Virgin Islands - The aftermath of a natural disaster.
Burundi - Crime and armed conflict.
Chad - Crime, terrorism, and minefields.
Cuba - Health attacks directed at U.S. Embassy Havana employees.
Dominica - The aftermath of a natural disaster.
El Salvador - Crime
Guatemala - Crime
Guinea-Bissau - Crime and civil unrest
Haiti - crime and civil unrest.
Honduras - Crime