BILLINGS, Mont., April 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The warnings and alerts can be issued due to circumstances such as terrorist activity, unstable governments, civil wars or on-going threats of crime or violence. Travel warnings may remain in effect for extended periods of time and will not be revoked until the threat has passed.
Travel alerts differ from warnings in that they are issued for short-term situations that may arise due to health outbreaks, election seasons that may cause unrest or demonstrations considered to be temporary.
U.S. Citizens are encouraged to monitor the government site when considering travel plans and follow a few simple rules such as: always leave your family with your travel itinerary, expect additional security measures, register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and in an emergency, follow the instructions of the local authorities.
Below is the list of warnings that were renewed for the month of April, 2016.
April 1 - Tunisia's Libyan border, including western mountain areas
April 5 - Columbia
April 7 - Pakistan
April 11 - Saudi Arabia
April 14 - Central African Republic
April 15 - Certain Regions in Mexico
April 18 - Chad
These areas offer unique threats to U.S. Citizens who are often targeted by local terrorists groups. The threat of muggings to violent crime is a danger for travelers and The U.S. Department of State recommends avoiding travel to these areas if at all possible. When travel cannot be avoided in these locations, travelers are advised to remain on high alert and be aware of dangerous situations. Likely targets include public places where large crowds congregate. Places like sporting events, outdoor festivals, airports and religious institutions can be targeted by suicide bombers hoping to inflict the most damage. Travelers should also avoid rural or urban areas where violent crime is prevalent. It is also advised to choose hotels where strict security measures are in force. The situation in Central African Republic has deteriorated to the point where U.S. Citizens are being urged to leave the country. U.S. Citizens in need of help in any of these regions should contact the U.S. Embassy. If traveling to Mexico, check the State Department website for a list of regions where the danger is highest as the list is continually changing.
For more warnings, alerts, updates and information see the U.S. Department of State travel website.
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