Entries in Travel Warning (7)


Spring Break Travel Warning: Mounting Violence in Mexico

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As spring break nears, the U.S. government is warning Americans to stay out of much of Mexico because of rising drug-cartel violence -- and tells travelers to one of Mexico's most popular beach destinations to stay close to their hotels.

A newly expanded travel warning from the State Department says that U.S. travelers should avoid four entire states, as well as large areas of ten others, most in the north and west of the country.

The most popular destination affected by the warning is Acapulco, where the State Department urged Americans not to travel more than two blocks inland from the boulevard that runs along the popular beaches.

"We strongly advise you to lower your profile and avoid displaying any evidence of wealth that might draw attention," says the warning.

A warning issued last April listed 10 states as areas to avoid, but the State Department said the expanded warning, and stronger language, are a response to a rising level of drug-related violence that has claimed American victims, with crimes including "homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, car jacking and highway robbery."

According to the State Department, the number of U.S. citizens reported murdered in Mexico increased from 35 in 2007 to 120 in 2011. The death toll, coupled with the rising number of kidnappings and disappearances in the country, led the Department to take a stronger stance.

In its warning, the U.S. instructs travelers to "defer non-essential travel" to the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango and Tamaulipas, as well as parts or most of Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan and Nayarit.

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US Issues Travel Alert Warning Americans after Foiled Terror Plot

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Following the disruption of an alleged Iranian-linked plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S., the State Department has issued a travel alert, warning about the possibility of "anti-U.S. actions."

"The U.S. government assesses that this Iranian-backed plan to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador may indicate a more aggressive focus by the Iranian Government on terrorist activity against diplomats from certain countries, to include possible attacks in the United States," the department said.

The warning was released Tuesday, the same day news surfaced that FBI and DEA agents reportedly foiled the plot to kill Adel Al-Jubeir.  Officials say bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C., as well as bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were also discussed.

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State Department Issues Travel Warning for South Sudan

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A few days after becoming a new nation, the Republic of South Sudan has been placed on the U.S. travel warning list.

The State Department issued a warning on Tuesday recommending that travellers avoid areas around the border of Sudan and South Sudan due to increased violence.  With military buildup on both sides of the border, clashes have occurred between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and forces loyal to the government of Sudan. Tensions remain between the two sides, the biggest contention being the presence of about 80 percent of oil reserves in South Sudan which are largely refined in the North.

"In addition to the fighting in the border region, there are at least seven different rebel militia forces that frequently engage in violent clashes with SPLA forces in various areas of South Sudan; these clashes can flare up with little warning," read the warning.

The U.S. and the international community officially recognized the new country that separated from Sudan and declared its independence on July 9. Despite having an embassy in the city of Juba, the U.S. said the new government is unable to provide security or prevent violent crime, therefore the U.S. has  placed restrictions on embassy personnel including riding in armored vehicles and a curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

The department further warned travelers and humanitarian workers in South Sudan to exercise extreme caution when travelling in the area.

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State Department Issues Travel Warning Urging Americans to Leave Syria

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In a travel warning issued Monday night, the U.S. State Department urged U.S. citizens currently in Syria to leave while commercial flights are still available.  The State Department is also pulling out non-essential U.S. Embassy staff and has ordered the departure of families of embassy personnel. 

The embassy in Damascus will remain open for limited services.

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US Issues Travel Warning to Syria; Authorizes Families to Leave

U.S. State Department(WASHINGTON) -- Amid the potential for ongoing political and civil unrest in Syria, the U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning Sunday, urging Americans not to travel to the country.

The agency also announced it has authorized the departure of family members of U.S. government employees who wish to leave Syria.

The department advises U.S. citizens already in Syria to avoid areas of protest and to "exercise caution" if they are caught near any demonstrations.

It warns that "Syrian efforts to attribute the current civil unrest to external influences may lead to an increase in anti-foreigner sentiment," and that Americans already detained could be "subject to allegations of incitement or espionage."

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US Issues Travel Warning About Violence in Bahrain

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As the security situation in Bahrain deteriorates and the potential for violence increases with the arrival of security forces from other Gulf countries, the U.S. State Department is now urging Americans not to travel to Bahrain and suggests those already there should leave the country.

The agency also announced Monday that it has authorized the departure of family members of U.S. Embassy staff who wish to leave Bahrain.

Although the department says "there is no indication that U.S. citizens are being threatened or targeted," it urges Americans in Bahrain to stay alert and to avoid all demonstrations.  The agency says "spontaneous demonstrations and violence can be expected throughout the country."

Violence between police and protesters has escalated in Bahrain since demonstrations began last month, with clashes leaving several dead and wounded.  Protesters in the country are demanding jobs, the release of political prisoners, broad constitutional reforms and an end to the monarchy that has ruled Bahrain for 200 years.

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Amid Protests, US Allows Some Gov't Personnel to Leave Yemen

AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department has issued a new travel warning for Yemen, authorizing family members of U.S. Embassy staff and non-essential personnel to depart the country.

The warning also urges American citizens in Yemen to leave the country, citing a “high security threat level” due to “terrorist activities and civil unrest."

"Should a crisis occur, evacuation options from Yemen would be extremely limited due to the lack of infrastructure, geographic constraints, and other security concerns,” the warning says.

“The U.S. Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in the event of a crisis in Yemen is very limited."

Protesters in Yemen are calling for the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power since 1978.

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