The Risk of Travelling to Every Country in Asia

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The US State Department has an advisory issued for all countries in Asia. The agency has put these countries in four different categories to warn tourists against any precautions that need to be taken.

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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Tourists are advised to exercise increased caution in Azerbaijan because of terrorism. According to the advisory, terrorist attacks target various public spaces, including, but not limited to, clubs, markets, malls, transportation hubs, hotels, restaurants, and airports. Travelling to the Nagorno-Karabakh region is not recommended due to armed conflict.

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Due to terrorism and crime, tourists are warned to be cautious and reconsider travelling to Dhaka. As per the agency warning, crime rate increases at night and commonly include robbery, fraud, theft, carjacking, assault, rape, and burglary.

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The US State advises to exercise increased caution due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and special restrictions on dual US Chinese nationals. Sometimes, Chinese authorities use 'exit bans' to keep US citizens in China. Travellers should keep passports and visas on them at all times.

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US State Department warns travellers against crime and terrorism in India and it is advised to avoid Jammu and Kashmir, because of terrorism or violent civil unrest. Sporadic violence takes place between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control.

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Due to terrorism and natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, the country has been put on Level 2. Reconsider travelling to central Sulawesi and Papua due to civil unrest causing shootings.

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US State Department warns that terrorism is possible throughout Israel and Palestine and Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza are the three riskiest places to visit. The agency warns that Jerusalem and the West Bank witness protests, violent clashes, and terror attacks. People are advised to maintain situational awareness if travelling to Israel.

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Due to terrorism and armed conflict, increased caution is advised in Jordan. Because of the possibility of violence, visiting Jordan's border with Syria are not recommended.

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The US State Department advises travellers to exercise increased caution due to terrorism in Maldives. Attacks may occur on remote islands, which increases authorities' response time.

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Though overall Burma is listed as Level 2 but some areas in the country stand at level 3 or 4. Two biggest threats are civil unrest and armed conflict. The US State Department advises against traveling to Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Kayin and Shan.

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The potential for isolated political violence leads the US State Department to advise travellers to exercise increased caution.

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Caution is advised due to crime, a measles outbreak, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. US citizens are asked to avoid travelling to Minadanao, Marawi City, or the Sulu Archipelago due to crime, civil unrest, bombings, and kidnappings on land and sea.

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Terrorism and threats of missile or drone attacks on civilians are major issues and Americans are warned not to travel within 50 miles of the Yemeni border.

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Increased caution is advised in Sri Lanka due to terrorism. Tourist locations such as markets, malls, transportation hubs, hotels, clubs, airports, places of worship, restaurants, parks, events, and hospitals are all possible terrorist targets.

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Terrorism is a major reasons why US State Department warns travellers to exercise increased caution.

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The advisory warns against possibility of crime, kidnapping, terrorism, and armed conflict throughout the country. It is also recommended to not travel to refugee settlements, or Lebanon's borders with Syria and Israel due to armed conflict.

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The US State Department advises people not to travel to Balochistan Province, KPK Province, Azad Kashmir, and the Pakistan-India border because of militant or terrorist operations, or the possibility of kidnappings.

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Though Armenia has been put on level 1 and normal precautions have been advised, the US State Department advises people not to travel to the Nagorno-Karabakh region considering armed conflict. The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh leads to injuries and deaths every year caused by gunfire and artillery systems, like land mines and mortars. Roads near the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan should be avoided.

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The majority of Bahrain is safe for travel and no precautions have been suggested but a warning to pilots has been issued due to the risks of flying within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region.

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No alerts have been issued for the landlocked country and it is absolutely safe to travel.

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Just like Bhutan, the US State Department has no warnings for Brunei.

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As Phnom Penh witnesses cases of phone and bag snatchings and violent crimes like sexual assault and homicide, travellers are recommended to exercise increased caution here. Remote areas like Battambang, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Pailin, and Kampong Thom provinces have land mines so it is advised to not touch unknown metal objects and use a local guide when walking in forests or dry rice paddies.

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Do not enter the United Nations buffer zone anywhere except where there are designated crossings.

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Though East-Timor as a low risk destination, an alert was issued in May 2019 a person lost life in a crocodile attack. Traveller must exercise caution when swimming, snorkelling, and fishing.

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While the country is designated lower risk, some areas in Georgia have increased risk like South Ossetia and Abkhazia which sit at Level 4 and are unsafe for travel. These areas are occupied by Russian troops and border guards and it is warned that the precise borders are hard to identify.

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There are no alerts for this country.

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There are no warnings for this country.

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'Off the beaten path' in Kuwait's desert region and certain beaches north of the Mutla'a ridge are prone to danger from unexploded weapons left over from the Gulf War and hence travellers are advised to not go there. Al Jahra has been identified as a high crime city, and Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh near the Kuwait International Airport has been identified as a high crime neighbourhood.

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There are no warnings for this country.

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Though Laos is at lower risk, some areas are at high risk including Xiasomboun Province, which witnesses violence and civil unrest. The borders along Burma see drug traffickers, bandits, groups opposed to the government, and other criminals. The provinces of Savannakhet, Xieng Khouang, Saravane, Champassak, Luang Prabang, Houaphan, Attapeu, Khammouane, Sekong, Vientiane, and along Route 7 are prone to unexploded bombs from the Indochina War.

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Mostly Malaysia is low risk but the eastern area of Sabah State are an exception with threats of kidnapping for ransom. People at coastal resorts, island resorts, and boats ferrying between islands are targeted by criminal and terrorist groups.

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There are no warnings for this country.

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The US State Department's only warning for Oman is for the border it shares with Yemen. Terrorism and violence continue in Yemen, and those who attempt to cross the border may be detained by Omani authorities.

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The US Department only has warning for flying over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.

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There are no warnings.

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No warnings.

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Travellers are advised to reconsider Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala, and Songkhla provinces due to civil unrest. Martial law is in force in this region and US Department warns that due to the indiscriminate nature of the attacks, US citizens are at risk of death or injury.

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No travel warnings.

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The US State Department only warns of risks to civil aviation within the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. However, it is advised to dress, drink, and post on social media as per local customs and laws to avoid fines or even jail time.

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No warnings.

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No warnings.

Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Tourists are advised to exercise increased caution in Azerbaijan because of terrorism. According to the advisory, terrorist attacks target various public spaces, including, but not limited to, clubs, markets, malls, transportation hubs, hotels, restaurants, and airports. Travelling to the Nagorno-Karabakh region is not recommended due to armed conflict.

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Due to terrorism and crime, tourists are warned to be cautious and reconsider travelling to Dhaka. As per the agency warning, crime rate increases at night and commonly include robbery, fraud, theft, carjacking, assault, rape, and burglary.

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Photo of Bangladesh by Priya Pareek

The US State advises to exercise increased caution due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and special restrictions on dual US Chinese nationals. Sometimes, Chinese authorities use "exit bans" to keep US citizens in China. Travellers should keep passports and visas on them at all times.

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Photo of China by Priya Pareek

US State Department warns travellers against crime and terrorism in India and it is advised to avoid Jammu and Kashmir, because of terrorism or violent civil unrest. Sporadic violence takes place between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control.

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Due to terrorism and natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, the country has been put on Level 2. Reconsider travelling to central Sulawesi and Papua due to civil unrest causing shootings.

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Photo of Indonesia by Priya Pareek

US State Department warns that terrorism is possible throughout Israel and Palestine and Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza are the three riskiest places to visit. The agency warns that Jerusalem and the West Bank witness protests, violent clashes, and terror attacks. People are advised to maintain situational awareness if travelling to Israel.

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Due to terrorism and armed conflict, increased caution is advised in Jordan. Because of the possibility of violence, visiting Jordan's border with Syria are not recommended.

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The US State Department advises travellers to exercise increased caution due to terrorism in Maldives. Attacks may occur on remote islands, which increases authorities' response time.

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Though overall Burma is listed as Level 2 but some areas in the country stand at Level 3 or 4. Two biggest threats are civil unrest and armed conflict. The US State Department advises against traveling to Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Kayin and Shan.

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Photo of Burma by Priya Pareek

The potential for isolated political violence leads the US State Department to advise travellers to exercise increased caution.

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Photo of Nepal by Priya Pareek

Caution is advised due to crime, a measles outbreak, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. US citizens are asked to avoid travelling to Minadanao, Marawi City, or the Sulu Archipelago due to crime, civil unrest, bombings, and kidnappings on land and sea.

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Photo of Philippines by Priya Pareek

Terrorism and threats of missile or drone attacks on civilians are major issues and Americans are warned not to travel within 50 miles of the Yemeni border.

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Increased caution is advised in Sri Lanka due to terrorism. Tourist locations such as markets, malls, transportation hubs, hotels, clubs, airports, places of worship, restaurants, parks, events, and hospitals are all possible terrorist targets.

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Photo of Sri Lanka by Priya Pareek

Terrorism is a major reasons why US State Department warns travellers to exercise increased caution.

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

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The advisory warns against possibility of crime, kidnapping, terrorism, and armed conflict throughout the country. It is also recommended to not travel to refugee settlements, or Lebanon's borders with Syria and Israel due to armed conflict.

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The US State Department advises people not to travel to Balochistan Province, KPK Province, Azad Kashmir, and the Pakistan-India border because of militant or terrorist operations, or the possibility of kidnappings.

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Turkey witnesses terrorism and arbitrary detentions due to which it is recommended to reconsider travel. Due to terrorism and kidnapping, travellers should avoid Syria and Iraq borders.

Level 4: Do not travel

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Afghanistan has been designated Afghanistan at highest advisory level due to crime, unrest, terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict. As per the agency, all of Afghanistan is unsafe as it witnesses hostage taking, landmines, suicide bombings, widespread military operations, and terrorist attacks.

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Iran poses risk of armed conflict, terrorism, crime, or being kidnapped, arrested, and detained. Students, journalists, business travellers, and academics have all been arrested by Iran authorities on charges including espionage and national security threats.

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Iraq witnesses terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflicts which puts it on high risk. There are numerous terrorist and active insurgent groups that attack civilians.

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The US State Department warns that Americans need special validation to travel to North Korea and warns that there is a high risk of arrest and long-term detention.

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