Posted by: Catie | December 1, 2008

Where in the world is it safe to travel?

india1With all the violence happening around the world, I wanted to find out where Americans can travel that’s considered safe.

The Washington Post reported that a young gunman used an assault rifle to open fire on about two dozen U.S. citizens eating a sushi dinner in a “posh” Mumbai, India hotel Wednesday night.

The same article talked about how at least 195 people were killed and about 300 wounded “after a wave of coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai’s financial district.” Among the dead: Six Americans and 22 foreigners.1127_india

Also last week, anti-government protesters stormed Bangkok’s airports in Thailand, causing the airport to close and all flights to be diverted. Four people were injured after explosions at two airports.

And the violence isn’t just overseas.

Saturday morning, two men shot each other in a Toys ‘R’ Us store in Palm Desert, Calif.

So where in the world can we travel that is safe?

travelThe U.S. Department of State has issues travel alerts for countries that have recently had natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events, such as international conferences or regional sports events. These alerts are for temporary, or short-term conditions, generally within a particular country, that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S. citizens.

Travel alerts have been issued for the following countries:

  • India
  • Thailand
  • Nicaragua
  • Mexico
  • Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf
  • Comoros
  • China 


The U.S. Department of State also posts travel warnings for countries that are considered dangerous or unstable. Many of these countries have been on the list for many months. 

nm_london_security_070702_mnTravel warnings have been issued for the following countries:

  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Eritrea
  • Somalia
  • Chad
  • Kenya
  • Yemen
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Sudan
  • Israel, the West Bank and Gaza
  • Iranafghanistan_war1
  • Georgia
  • Lebanon
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Colombia 
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Uzbekistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Iraq
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Haiti
  • Burundi
  • Syria
  • Central African Republic
  • Philippines
  • Nigeria 

On a more positive note, the U.S. Department of State says “when you travel abroad, the odds are in your favor that you will have a safe and incident-free trip.” But it also says you need to be prepared and follow some basic travel tips to avoid problems.


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