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

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25. Nicaragua
> Level: Level 3: Reconsider travel
> Last updated: 4/3/2019
> GDP per capita: $4,910
> Population: 6.5 million

Civil unrest and the inconsistent presence of law enforcement make Nicaragua a dangerous destination for American travelers. According to the State Department, both official police and armed civilians have been targeting those perceived to be in opposition to President Daniel Ortega. The State Department also notes that pro-democracy protesters, members of the press, and human rights advocates have been detained by the government.

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24. Pakistan
> Level: Level 3: Reconsider travel
> Last updated: 4/9/2019
> GDP per capita: $4,940
> Population: 212.2 million

Pakistan remains a hotbed of terrorist activity. The State Department maintains a level 3 travel warning for the entire country, and a level 4 — do not travel warning — for the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which are each home to active terrorist groups. The government also warns that Azad Kashmir is a potential region for violence. In late 2019, tensions rose in the India-administered region of Kashmir, which borders Azad Kashmir.

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23. Haiti
> Level: Level 3: Reconsider travel
> Last updated: 6/11/2019
> GDP per capita: $1,656
> Population: 11.1 million

Protests, road blockages, and tire burnings along major roadways in Haiti can cause unpredictable delays. In October, demonstrators staged a peaceful protest in the capital of Port-au-Prince to draw attention to corruption, inflation, and the shortage of fuel and goods, and demanded the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Violent crime in the country is also relatively common, and the ability for police and emergency services to adequately respond to concerns is lacking. Tourists are frequently targeted for robbery in and around the capital’s airport.

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22. Burundi
> Level: Level 3: Reconsider travel
> Last updated: 6/12/2019
> GDP per capita: $660
> Population: 11.2 million

Crime and political violence are relatively common in the Central African nation of Burundi — and according to the State Department, local police are often ill-equipped to effectively respond to such incidents. The U.S. government’s travel advisory adds that the country lacks adequate medical and fire emergency services. Because of travel restrictions on the U.S. embassy in Burundi, travelers should not expect emergency assistance in several of Burundi’s provinces.

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21. Honduras
> Level: Level 3: Reconsider travel
> Last updated: 6/24/2019
> GDP per capita: $4,560
> Population: 9.6 million

The U.S. State Department advises Americans to reconsider travel to the Central American country of Honduras because of elevated levels of extortion, violent street crime, rape, and narcotics and human trafficking. Those who travel to Honduras are advised to avoid demonstrations or walking at night, be cautious around ATMs or banks, and avoid displaying valuables.

Violent gang activity has been one of the causes of migration from Honduras to the United States. Honduras had been one of the most violent countries in the world, but homicide rates have been declining in recent years.

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