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

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20. Sudan
> Level: Level 3: Reconsider travel
> Last updated: 9/26/2019
> GDP per capita: $4,436
> Population: 41.8 million

According to the U.S. State Department, violent crimes, including armed robbery, carjacking, and home invasions, happen relatively often in Sudan, particularly outside of the capital city of Khartoum.

Terrorist groups operating in the country pose a threat and may target Westerners through kidnappings, shootings, and suicide bombings. American officials in the country are required by the U.S. embassy to travel in armored vehicles when on official business.

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19. Chad
> Level: Level 3: Reconsider travel
> Last updated: 10/2/2019
> GDP per capita: $1,746
> Population: 15.5 million

In its advisory to Americans considering visiting Chad, the State Deparment warns of the risk of crime and terrorism. 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 can cross the border and target foreigners, security personnel, and other groups. The State Department also warns that Chad has unmarked minefields near the borders with Libya and Sudan.

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18. Guinea-Bissau
> Level: Level 3: Reconsider travel
> Last updated: 10/3/2019
> GDP per capita: $1,596
> Population: 1.9 million

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

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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17. Lebanon
> Level: Level 3: Reconsider travel
> Last updated: 10/21/2019
> GDP per capita: $11,607
> Population: 6.8 million

Lebanon, a country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea just north of Israel and bordering Syria to its east and north, is one of several Middle Eastern countries Americans are advised not to travel to. The perpetual threat of terrorism is the primary reason for Lebanon’s level 3 advisory. In January, anti-government demonstrations in the Lebanese capital of Beirut led to violent clashes with riot police, and close to 400 people were injured.

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16. Nigeria
> Level: Level 3: Reconsider travel
> Last updated: 10/29/2019
> GDP per capita: $5,316
> Population: 195.9 million

The threat of indiscriminate violent crime, including rape, robbery, and assault, is prevalent across much of Nigeria. Terrorism is also a persistent threat, particularly in the northeastern part of the country, where terror groups target shopping centers, hotels, schools, government installations, and other places where crowds tend to congregate. The State Department advises Americans who choose to travel in the country to remain vigilant, avoid large political gatherings, and not to resist in the event of a robbery. Several of the northeastern states of Nigeria have a level 4 advisory in place.

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