29 Countries the US Government Doesn’t Want You to Go To

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26. Syria
> Advisory level: Level 4: do not travel
> Last updated: Jan. 10
> Population: 18.4 million
> GDP per capita: $1,840

The U.S. government issues its strongest warning for those considering travel to Syria. The State Department says that “no part of Syria is safe from violence. Kidnappings, the use of chemical warfare, shelling, and aerial bombardment have significantly raised the risk of death or serious injury.” Since the civil war began in Syria seven years ago, more than 400,000 people have been killed, according to the World Bank.

The U.S. embassy in Damascus suspended operations in February 2012, and the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Syria.

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27. Turkey
> Advisory level: Level 3: reconsider travel
> Last updated: June 28
> Population: 79.5 million
> GDP per capita: $11,230

Because Syria is on Turkey’s southern border, the U.S. government has advised Americans to reconsider travel to Turkey because of terrorism. Americans are advised not to travel to areas along the Turkey-Syria border and certain southeastern provinces because of terrorism concerns. Terrorist groups target Western tourists and expatriates for kidnapping and assassination. Following a failed coup d’etat in 2016, security forces in Turkey have detained people they suspect are linked with alleged terrorist groups.The country lifted its state of emergency in July, two years after the coup attempt.

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28. Venezuela
> Advisory level: Level 3: reconsider travel
> Last updated: May 29
> Population: 31.6 million
> GDP per capita: $12,780

Venezuela’s cities, including the capital Caracas, are among the most violent in the world — one of the reasons why the U.S. government is advising Americans to reconsider travel to the South American nation. Political unrest is roiling Venezuela, where there are shortages of everything from food to water to electricity. Demonstrations have led to violence, and the State Department has said security forces have detained and arrested U.S. citizens without cause. There are also health-care concerns. In May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a notice for Americans to avoid nonessential travel to Venezuela because the health-care system there has fallen apart.

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29. Yemen
> Advisory level: Level 4: do not travel
> Last updated: July 5
> Population: 27.6 million
> GDP per capita: $1,030

The U.S. government strongly urges Americans not to go to Yemen, saying “no part of Yemen is immune to violence.” Yemen descended into civil war in 2011, and the nation on the Arabian peninsula has been torn apart. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia is backing government forces of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against rebels led by former President Ali Abed Allah Saleh. The conflict has led to the destruction of housing, medical facilities, schools, and utilities. The country is also struggling with the world’s worst cholera outbreak that has generated more than 1 million possible cases of the illness since April 2017. About 16.4 million people lack essential health care, according to a report from the BBC.