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The US Does Not Want You Traveling To These 26 Countries

There are multiple countries the US does not want its residents traveling to. And, while there are no sanctions placed on traveling to those territories, Uncle Sam would rather that its citizens stay away due to safety reasons. As such, the Department of State has four advisory levels for travelers.

Level 4 - is the most concerning and its message is quite clear: "do not travel." Level 3 advises to "reconsider travel," while level 2 asks that folks "exercise increased caution." Level 1 is pretty mild and simply urges travelers to "exercise normal precautions."

As you must have figured out by now, levels 1 and 2 aren't all that bad. You'd have to exercise caution pretty much everywhere, even in the US.

So let's have a look at  26 countries that are levels 3 and 4 (via USA TODAY).

via bloomberg.com

Guinea-Bissau

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

The small, coastal African nation is said to be dangerous for visitors due to the high crime rates. Spots such as markets and the airport are known for violent crimes and, as there's no US Embassy over there, visiting is generally discouraged.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

The state is reported as being a hotbed for violent crimes such as armed robbery, home invasion and assault, while local police lack the resources to effectively keep persons safe or respond to reports. Civil unrest and health concerns are also reasons for staying away.

ChadAdvisory level 3: Reconsider travel

Chad provides easy access to extremist groups like Boko Haram and ISIS as it relates to the crossing of their borders. There are also high levels of crime and the unmapped minefields near borders with Libya and Sudan should also be noted.

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Burundi

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

Political violence and high crime levels make Burundi a place you might not want to visit. Like Congo, the Police over there aren't all that well-equipped, while medical services are said to be way below US standards.

Burkina Faso

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

Burkina Faso is reported as being a place where terrorism and kidnapping are "major concerns." The country's military launched counterterrorism operations earlier this year but it's still not very safe to visit.

Sudan

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

This one is pretty obvious. Violent crime, civil unrest, kidnapping and armed conflict are pretty commonplace in Sudan and it's actually surprising they aren't Level 4.

Pakistan

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

There's always the potential for armed conflict in Pakistan, a country also allegedly harboring terrorists.

Nigeria

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

Nigeria is said to pose the threat of indiscriminate violent crime such as rape, robbery and assault. There's also the threat of terrorism in the northeastern region of the country and the US State Department ranks states Borno and Yobe Level 4.

Niger

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

Niger's border regions are hotspots for both terrorism and kidnapping, while US Embassy staff can only travel outside the capital of Niamey during the day and are limited to a two-vehicle convoy.

via csmonitor.com

Nicaragua

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

Violent crimes such as rape and armed robbery are said to be quite common in Nicaragua nowadays. Also, both Police and armed civilians have been known to target anyone suspected of being in opposition to President Daniel Ortega.

Mauritania

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

Mauritania is also a country where violent crimes are commonplace, while there's also a threat of terrorism.

Lebanon

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

The State Department is against US citizens going to Lebanon's borders with Syria because of terrorism and armed conflict. The border with Israel also presents the threat of armed conflict.

Honduras

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

Honduras is thought to be host to violent gang activity, street crime, rape, elevated levels of extortion, drugs and human trafficking.

Haiti

Advisory level 3: Reconsider travel

The civil unrest, violent crime, and kidnapping all make Haiti an undesirable destination.

Central African Republic

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

One of 12 Level 4 countries, the CAF presents several threats, including kidnapping. Gangs control several territories and violent crimes are said to be a daily occurrence.

Yemen

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

Yemen is reportedly home to terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict. There are also serious health risks involved in traveling to the state.

Venezuela

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

Political struggles have seen Venezuela descend into an even worse state than they were in before. US visitors would do well to note that they'd be at risk as it relates to violent crimes, kidnapping, and arbitrary arrest.

via bbc.com

Syria

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

Well, this one's pretty obvious.

Somalia

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

Somalia presents the threat of piracy, terrorism, kidnapping and, of course, violent crime.

Mali

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

Violent crimes such as armed robbery are pretty common in Mali. Terrorism is a threat too.

Libya

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

Another pretty obvious one.

North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

Don't go there unless you're Dennis Rodman.

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Iraq

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

Also quite obvious, even if you're Rodman.

Iran

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

The US and Iran have been at odds since 1980 so there's literally no reason to go there if you live in the US as you'd stand the risk of kidnapping, arrest and/or detention.

South Sudan

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

(Oh there's that level 4) Refer to Sudan above.

Afghanistan

Advisory level 4: Do not travel

We really don't need to tell you why you should stay away but we will anyway. Kidnapping, terrorism, hostage-taking, and suicide bombings are quite common over there. Just don't go.

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