DETROIT, Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The most recent official warnings are for Haiti. According to the Department of State, citizens should be warned of Haiti's "current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities and response." Violent crimes remain a threat, with kidnapping, armed robberies, and violent assaults against U.S. travelers affecting tourism.
Honduras remains another risky destination for travelers. Alerts for political protests and potential violence are currently in effect, as well as warnings for high crime and violence with sparse law enforcement in specific areas including Gracias a Dios. Honduras remains the murder capital of the world, and visitors are advised to act with great caution.
Poor transportation and unstable security has made the northeastern region of Nigeria, particularly in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, Jigawa, and Yobe very risky states for U.S. tourists to travel throughout. Extremist groups are known to be based in the northeast region and have already targeted educational, religious, government, and entertainment facilities in those states.
El Salvador finishes out its second year on the Department of State's warning list with continued levels of extreme violence and crime including extortion, assault, robbery, and homicide along with widespread gang activity. Hikers trekking through the national parks should take extra precaution and travel with a guide to avoid any encounters with armed assailants.
The dangerous state of Syria has the Department of State warning U.S. citizens of travel and encouraging current tourists to evacuate as soon as possible. Extreme violence, terrorism, bombings, airstrikes, chemical weapon attacks, and more continue between the local government and anti-government groups. U.S. citizens should avoid travel throughout all parts of Syria or be aware of the risks of serious injury or death.
A current list of global travel alerts and warnings can be accessed on the Department of State's webpage. The Department of State warns U.S. travelers planning to leave the country to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program in order to ensure that you receive up-to-date security messages, as well as make you easier to find in the event of an emergency.
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