BEDFORD, Texas, Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alerts are issued for events that may only require caution for a short time, possibly a temporary health threat. Warnings are issued to make people aware of ongoing threats of violence or terrorism.
Ethiopia has a travel alert due to anti-government protests resulting in violence. The resulting protests have affected communication systems including telephone and internet services and have hampered the Embassy's ability to assist U.S. citizens who run into trouble.
The Department of State has issued warnings for Nigeria, Honduras, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, North Korea, Cameroon, Iran, Israel, The West Bank of Gaza, Turkey and Eritrea. The warning for Eritrea was just issued on August 31 and concerns border travel within the country. This replaces a warning that has been in effect since May, 2015. Several deaths and on-going fighting along the Ethiopia-Eritrea border caused by political tensions have made it unsafe to travel in the region.
Other warnings like those in Iran, Turkey and Nigeria are due to the possibilities of extreme violence, criminal activity, threats of terrorism and the local government's inability to protect U.S. travelers. In countries like North Korea, the risk of unlawful imprisonment is real and a serious threat. North Korea has been known to impose harsh punishments and stiff fines for offenses that are not considered crimes in the United States. Over the past 10 years, over a dozen U.S. citizens while traveling in North Korea have been detained. The United States has been very limited in their ability to help travelers that have been held in North Korea.
When traveling to any of the countries where warnings have been issued, travelers should remain on high alert at all times and avoid areas and events where there are large crowds. Sporadic violence, including armed robbery, murder, and kidnapping are common in many of these countries. More information about specific alerts and warnings can be found on the Department of State website.
Where travel warnings are present, the State Department urges U.S. citizens to avoid travelling to these regions if at all possible. Travel alerts and warnings are available at the State Department's travel website and should be used by anyone considering travel out of the country. The State Department further urges people to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The program is designed to help locate and find U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency. STEP also sends out security messages to its members.
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