Top 13 Most Dangerous Countries for Americans to Travel to Right Now

Minsk, Belarus. September, 2019. The Bolshoi Theater of Belarus. Opera and ballet. The interior and exterior of the building. Behind the scenes

Some places are not safe for everyone. These restrictions may include political, religious, humanitarian, or sanctions boundaries. Travel advisors have suggested a list in which countries are stated with their status of visit. These are the countries that are currently the least safe for Americans to travel to, according to the U.S. Department of State.

1. Venezuela

Venezuela: Angel Falls Angel jump, Canaima National Park.
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Americans should avoid traveling to Venezuela due to high levels of violent crime, civil unrest, and the risk of kidnapping. The U.S. Department of State has withdrawn all diplomatic personnel, leaving no consular services available to assist citizens in emergencies. Political demonstrations often turn violent, and the country faces severe shortages of essential services such as gasoline, electricity, and medical supplies. Additionally, there is a significant risk of wrongful detentions and terrorist activity, particularly near the borders with Colombia, Brazil, and Guyana.

2. Russia

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Americans should avoid traveling to Russia due to the unpredictable consequences of the invasion of Ukraine, the risk of harassment and detention by Russian security officials, and the limited ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide assistance. The situation is further complicated by restricted flight options, cash shortages, and non-functional U.S. credit and debit cards. There is also a significant risk of terrorism and wrongful detentions, particularly for dual nationals. The U.S. government urges citizens to leave Russia immediately and exercise extreme caution due to the potential for arbitrary enforcement of local laws and the ongoing conflict.

3. Burma (Myanmar)

Bagan, Myanmar temples in the Archaeological Zone.
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Burma is currently listed as a Do Not Travel country. Americans should avoid traveling to Burma due to ongoing civil unrest, armed conflict, and the risk of arbitrary detention. The military regime has deposed elected officials, leading to widespread protests and violent crackdowns. There are significant dangers from landmines and unexploded ordnance, particularly in specific regions, and the healthcare system is severely inadequate. The U.S. government has limited ability to assist citizens in Burma, and there is a high risk of wrongful detention without due process.

4. Afghanistan

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Afghanistan and American relations have been intense for almost 20 years. Since the Taliban took over in 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul has suspended operations, leaving the U.S. government unable to provide emergency services to its citizens. Multiple terrorist groups are active, and foreigners, especially U.S. citizens, are at risk of being targeted for wrongful detention or kidnapping. The Taliban’s treatment of detained individuals is harsh, with limited access to medical care and a high risk of abuse. U.S. citizens currently in Afghanistan are strongly urged to leave immediately by commercial means if possible.

5. Belarus

Minsk, Belarus. September, 2019. The Bolshoi Theater of Belarus. Opera and ballet. The interior and exterior of the building. Behind the scenes.
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Belarus is a strong ally of Russia. Americans should avoid traveling to Belarus due to the country’s support of Russia’s war against Ukraine, the buildup of Russian military forces, arbitrary enforcement of local laws, and potential civil unrest. The U.S. Embassy in Minsk has suspended operations, leaving the U.S. government unable to provide consular services. U.S. citizens in Belarus face the risk of wrongful detention and harassment, especially near demonstrations, and should depart immediately. Travel is further complicated by potential closures of border crossings and a ban on U.S. aircraft operating in Belarusian airspace.

6. Iran

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The Iranian authorities have unjustly detained U.S. nationals, especially dual U.S.-Iranian nationals, on false charges. The U.S. government has no diplomatic or consular relations with Iran and cannot provide emergency services. Extremist groups, including ISIS, operate in Iran, posing significant risks. Additionally, companies offering surrogacy services in Iran are misrepresenting the security situation, putting U.S. citizens at risk.

7. Iraq

Erbil, Iraq - June ``1, 2022: View of the Clock Tower at Bakhi Shar Park from Erbil Citadel
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Americans are strongly advised against traveling to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest, and the limited capacity of the U.S. Mission in Iraq to provide support to U.S. citizens. Although the Ordered Departure status for U.S. Embassy Baghdad and U.S. Consulate General Erbil was terminated on April 1, 2024, the Travel Advisory for Iraq remains at Level 4, indicating that U.S. citizens should not travel to Iraq.

8. North Korea

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Do not travel to North Korea due to the high risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals. U.S. passports are invalid for travel to North Korea unless specially validated, and such validations are rarely granted. The U.S. government cannot provide emergency services in North Korea; limited assistance is available through Sweden, but access is often delayed or denied by North Korean authorities. Consult the FAA’s notices for aviation risks in the area.

9. Libya

December 30, 2021: Capital of Libya, Tripoli seafront skyline view.
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Do not travel to Libya due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict. Crime levels and kidnapping threats are high, especially targeting Westerners and U.S. citizens. Terrorist groups are active, and violent outbreaks between armed groups occur frequently, affecting cities like Tripoli and Benghazi. The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli is closed, and the U.S. government cannot provide emergency assistance; consult FAA notices for aviation risks.

10. Syria

Village Maaloula in Syria with a statue of the Virgin Mary Syria before the war November 30, 2010. Maaloula is a Christian village where the language spoken by Jesus Christ has been preserved Aramaic
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The U.S. Embassy in Damascus is closed, with the Czech Republic serving as the protecting power. No part of Syria is safe, with ongoing violence, including chemical warfare, posing significant risks. U.S. citizens engaging in armed conflict face extreme personal dangers, including kidnapping and death, while protests are met with aggressive tactics by government forces. Due to limited consular assistance, the U.S. government strongly advises against travel to Syria.

11. Mali

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In Mali, there is currently a lot of crime, terrorism, and kidnappings. This is especially true during local holidays and events. Terrorist and armed groups frequently target foreigners and may attack with little warning, targeting various public places. The U.S. government’s ability to provide emergency services outside of Bamako is limited, and civil aviation in Mali poses risks, as indicated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

12. Somalia 

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Do not travel to Somalia due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy. Violent crime, including kidnapping and murder, is widespread, with illegal roadblocks common. Terrorist groups continue to plot attacks targeting various locations, including airports, government buildings, and areas frequented by Westerners. Civil unrest is frequent and medical facilities are limited, while piracy remains a threat in the waters off the Horn of Africa. The U.S. government has minimal capacity to provide emergency services in Somalia due to the lack of a permanent consular presence, and civil aviation poses risks as highlighted by the Federal Aviation Administration.

13. Yemen

Assailah in old Sana'a - Yemen
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Due to the unstable political condition of Yemen, its peace is shattered. Civil war, fear of terrorism, bad health conditions, and absence of laws in this country, Americans are advised not to visit this country.

Source: U.S. Department of State

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