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26 Countries the US Government Doesn't Want You to Go To

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26. Guinea-Bissau
> Advisory level: Level 3: Reconsider Travel
> Last updated: April 25, 2019
> Population as of 2018: 1,874,309
> GDP per capita in 2018 $1,596

Guinea-Bissau, a small coastal nation in West Africa, is potentially dangerous for American visitors largely due to the prevalence of violent crime. Crowded areas, particularly the airport and markets in major cities, can be hotbeds for aggressive panhandling and criminal activity.

The country has also struggled with governmental dysfunction and political unrest for decades, creating fertile ground for violence. The United States does not have an embassy in the country, and as a result, emergency services for American citizens are limited.

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25. Democratic Republic of the Congo
> Advisory level: Level 3: Reconsider Travel
> Last updated: April 9, 2019
> Population as of 2018: 84,068,091
> GDP per capita in 2018 $827

The U.S. government has asked American citizens to reconsider traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo because of crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk due to health concerns, including an outbreak of Ebola in the provinces of Nord-Kivu, Ituri — which have a level 4 do not travel advisory. As of Aug. 30, the death toll from the country’s latest Ebola outbreak had risen above 2,000.

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24. Chad
> Advisory level: Level 3: Reconsider Travel
> Last updated: Jan. 30, 2019
> Population as of 2018: 15,477,751
> GDP per capita in 2018 $1,746

Travelers need to be aware of crime, terrorism, and minefields in Chad. The State Department reported a surge in crimes in the African nation in 2018. Extremist groups such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Iraq and Ash-Sham –West Africa can cross the border easily and target foreigners, security personnel, and other groups. Chad also has unmapped areas of minefields near the borders with Libya and Sudan.

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23. Burundi
> Advisory level: Level 3: Reconsider Travel
> Last updated: June 12, 2019
> Population as of 2018: 11,175,378
> GDP per capita in 2018 $660

Crime and political violence are relatively common in the Central African nation of Burundi — and local police are often ill-equipped to effectively respond to such incidents. The country lacks adequate medical and fire emergency services, and the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to Americans travelling in the country.

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