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"Do Not Travel" Countries for U.S. Citizens

Can you name all the countries the U.S. State Department gives a Level 4 "Do Not Travel" travel advisory?
As of October 20, 2018
Last updated: October 20, 2018
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Countries
Afghanistan
Central African Republic
Iran
Iraq
Libya
Mali
Countries
North Korea
Somalia
South Sudan
Syria
Yemen
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level 62
Oct 20, 2018
Not even kalbahamut dares to travel to any of these countries! XD (According to his country map, anyway)
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level 73
Oct 21, 2018
Loads to see in Iraq, Iran and Syria. If they manage to calm down over there I'm sure plenty will visit.
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level 71
Oct 21, 2018
Iran is quite calm as far as tourism goes, it's just US government stirring up the pot especially lately.
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level 62
Oct 31, 2018
Depressing that Iran is (currently) the most-guessed answer when it's probably quieter than most of the countries on the list, not to mention several countries not on this list.
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level 74
Oct 22, 2018
I tried to get to Iran. Didn't get he visa, but I would have loved to have gone.

I've also considered going to work in Iraq, as I have many friends who have made a lot of money there. And I had plans to travel to Syria before the civil war started I think in 2010... still wish I had gone. Not much left anymore. I wouldn't mind going to Libya. And North Korea I would probably pass on though I've heard trips there are pretty interesting. The rest... yeah I'll skip those.
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level 67
Nov 3, 2018
Strange, North Korea is one place I would love to go to. Though the fact you would be paying to support a despotic dictatorship that routinely tortures its own people to death, does put me off actually going. It would be as close as we can get to actually going back in time though and it is a pretty unique country.
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level 74
Dec 5, 2018
I think I would be extremely annoyed by the fact that I wasn't allowed to interact with any locals that were not pre-approved, that all experiences were scripted and pre-planned with no deviations from the itinerary permitted, that I'd have government agents looking through my photos determining which I was allowed to keep. It's just a morbid very expensive puppet show they put on for tourists. I know it would be a unique experience but I also think it would be horrible. And that's to say nothing of the fact that your chances of ended up in a forced labor camp are pretty high.

Even though I would travel to some of these places I think the list is pretty reasonable with the exception of Iran. Though I know it is dangerous (mostly because the government is likely to incarcerate you for spying), compared to other countries on the list it doesn't really seem to fit. I know so many people who have visited Iran and had a lovely time doing so.
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level 44
Dec 5, 2018
While North Korea definitely should be on the list, I don't think it fits with the rest of the list at all. The others are because of war, terrorism, lawlessnes/crime - and I think North Korea is probably one of the safest countries in the world considering terrorism/crime. While there is the risk of being locked up I doubt it's any problem if you stay very respectful and don't break the rules. Especially if you aren't American/South Korean/Japanese I would think. Iran however I don't think fits the list at all. From what I know it's pretty stable and safe, at least if you stay in tourist areas. Probably only on the list because of US relations.
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level 74
Dec 5, 2018
Kal, your reasons against going to N. Korea are the things which happened to my parents when they visited the Soviet Union in the 1970s. They weren't allowed to interact with locals and whenever their group went to a restaurant to eat, their guide went ahead of them and told everyone to leave their tables while the group ate. My mom said she could hardly eat, being watched by all those people standing along the walls waiting for the tourists to finish their meals so they could return to their own lunches. One of the men in the group was a smoker and once he forgot the rules and dropped a cigarette butt on the ground. Immediately a man materialized from nowhere and began tearing it apart as though he was looking for a secret message or something. It brought home to their group that they were always being watched. Still, my folks always said it was the best trip of their lives and there's always hope that N.Korea will someday be more tourist-friendly.
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level 71
Dec 5, 2018
The best way to somehow see a different side of North Korea is to work with them, rather than just looking around. While it's not an option available to many people, there are some wonderful accounts that give also a glimpse behind the scenes: e.g. Guy Delisle's graphic novel Pyongyang (also translated to English) or Liberation Day, the documentary about Laibach's concert in North Korea.
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level 76
Dec 5, 2018
Socotra is a lovely island off the coast of Yemen.
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level 71
Oct 20, 2018
Surprised that Venezuela isn't here.
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level 39
Oct 21, 2018
Same, and the Democratic Republic of Congo too, I was sure that would be on here considering how war-torn it is...
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level 51
Dec 5, 2018
And Cameroon!
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level 35
Dec 5, 2018
kalbahamut: I'm curious as to why you would want to go to Iran. To work, or just as a tourist?
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level 74
Dec 5, 2018
I'd consider going there for work but I don't think I'd want to live there and I know I wouldn't make much money. I'd mostly be interested in going as a tourist.
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level 50
Dec 5, 2018
Chuck Norris can go anywhere Chuck Norris wants.
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level 51
Dec 5, 2018
Surprised Cameroon is not on the list tbh. Seeing as they’re in the middle of a genocidal civil war...
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level 79
Dec 5, 2018
And Trump wonders why there aren't more immigrants from Norway...
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level 53
Dec 5, 2018
Missed Libya and CAR :( .... : )
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level 33
Dec 5, 2018
Are americans able to travel to cuba without detouring through canada now?
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level 71
Dec 5, 2018
Yes and no. There are direct flights now. If you're creative enough, you can get a license, which is not granted for tourism. Without it, you still have to detour to another country.
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level 51
Dec 5, 2018
missed Mali and South Sudan
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level 66
Dec 6, 2018
Somalia's not so bad. As long as you're Somali, and you stay with your tribe, and avoid Al Shabaab, and drones, and hyenas, and malaria...
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level 34
Dec 7, 2018
Why the Central African Republic randomly?
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level 74
Dec 7, 2018
None of these countries are on the list randomly. I think you might be confusing the Central African Republic with Luxembourg. Common mistake.