Travelers are warned not to travel to these areas, under any circumstances, for the following reasons:
Threats of crime, terrorism, armed conflict, and civil unrest continue to rise in Afghanistan with high levels of hostage taking, kidnapping, widespread insurgent and military offensive operations, and more, posing risks to American travelers.
Violent crime and civil unrest including armed robbery, homicide, and aggravated battery are becoming increasingly common in the Central African Republic (CAR).
Arbitrary arrests and the unlawful detention of U.S. citizens are affecting travelers in Iran. Lack of diplomatic and/or consular relations make it nearly impossible for the U.S. to intervene or provide any emergency assistance or relief to detained citizens.
The frequencies of kidnapping, terrorism, and violence in Iraq continue to increase against American and Iraqi citizens alike however, the U.S. government's ability to provide support or relief is "extremely limited."
Terrorist plots, ransom fueled kidnappings, unlawful detention, and overall unrest continues to spread across Libya.
Violent crime and terrorist organization efforts, mixed with the restricted power of the U.S. government to intervene, make Mali an increasingly dangerous area.
Serious risks of permanent or long-term detention continue to be a major risk in North Korea.
Violent crime and piracy continue to affect travelers in Somalia. No consular presence makes emergency relief unlikely.
Political and ethnic tensions continue to rise in South Sudan as extremist groups utilize armed conflict to control the area. Assistance to affected travelers is limited.
Chemical warfare and other extreme acts of violence make Syria a particularly dangerous area for all travelers, with risks of severe injury or death very likely.
Extreme nationwide violence and suspended embassy operations make Yemen another high-risk country for travelers. No emergency relief is available to affected U.S. citizens.