"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 14, 2019
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Last updated: October 14, 2019
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Countries
Afghanistan
Central African Republic
Iran
Iraq
Libya
Mali
Countries
North Korea
Somalia
South Sudan
Syria
Venezuela
Yemen
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Level 71
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 79
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 79
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 65
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 45
Mar 8, 2019
I agree. Who is really interested in history, especially Roman or Persian or Mesopotamian, should absolutely go there when peace reigns again. If peace reigns again. And if the monuments are not destroyed by then.
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Level 79
Mar 9, 2019
I knew a couple of archaeologists who worked in Syria before the war; they loved it there and were saddened to see so much of its heritage lost. The way they talked about it, I would have liked to have gone there, too.
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Level 71
Mar 10, 2019
The dangers for Americans traveling in Iran are not the same as those in Syria or South Sudan or Afghanistan, all ravaged by war. Rather the danger is arbitrary arrest and detention, as advised by the U.S. state department. Americans who run into difficulty in Iran have to depend on the Swiss government to intervene as the U.S. does not maintain diplomatic relations with Iran, limiting your recourse if there is trouble of any kind.
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Level 59
Oct 15, 2019
There was loads to see. Sadly, so much has been deliberately destroyed, and much of the rest was collateral damage.
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Level 82
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 70
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 82
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 55
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 78
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 79
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 61
Feb 1, 2021
That one American tourist got arrested and tortured for stealing a propaganda poster. Massive red flag there alone regarding their tourism.
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Level 91
Dec 5, 2018
Socotra is a lovely island off the coast of Yemen.
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Level 82
Jun 14, 2021
Any interest I have in visiting Yemen is mostly from the fact that all the Yemenis I met while I was living in Saudi Arabia were all such friendly people. But I still don't think I would feel safe going right now. Socotra might be okay as it's fairly isolated.
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Level 75
Oct 20, 2018
Surprised that Venezuela isn't here.
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Level 45
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 66
Dec 5, 2018
And Cameroon!
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Level 85
Mar 11, 2019
Well, it is now. Sadly.
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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 82
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 60
Dec 5, 2018
Chuck Norris can go anywhere Chuck Norris wants.
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Level 53
Jun 14, 2021
post date: december 5th, 2018
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Level 66
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 81
Dec 5, 2018
And Trump wonders why there aren't more immigrants from Norway...
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Level 58
Dec 5, 2018
Missed Libya and CAR :( .... : )
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Level 35
Dec 5, 2018
Are americans able to travel to cuba without detouring through canada now?
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Level 79
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 64
Dec 5, 2018
missed Mali and South Sudan
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Level 65
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 50
Dec 7, 2018
Why the Central African Republic randomly?
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Level 82
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.
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Level 76
Feb 21, 2019
The Central African Republic is probably the worst country on earth to live in. There's your answer.
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Level 45
Mar 8, 2019
You shouldn't be so harsh. Of course, CAR is not a safe place. But don't say things like that. It could hurt people that are on JetPunk and are from CAR. I'm not trying to be mean...
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Level 65
Mar 8, 2019
@quiantaene is this sarcasm?
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Level 85
Mar 11, 2019
I'm guessing people in the CAR have better things to do than quiz sites. Half their adult population is illiterate.
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Level 50
Jan 25, 2020
I agree it's not the best thing to say. CAR is generally pretty unsafe to visit, it's true, but the landscape is beautiful if you look at pictures.
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Level 61
Feb 1, 2021
Pretty much the only part of CAR that is safe to visit is Dzanga National park in the extreme southwest of the country.

Surprisingly, this is actually the best park to see wild gorillas, forest elephants, and other wildlife in the Congo basin rainforest despite the chaos going on in that nation.

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Level 71
Mar 10, 2019
Not random: the State Department warns against travel to the Central African Republic due to high crime and great civil unrest. Sadly, it is among the least safe places on the planet.
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Level 71
Mar 7, 2019
Challenging time limit! Interesting list, I was also surprised DRC was not included among a few other exclusions.
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Level 45
Mar 8, 2019
Why Haiti? Did I miss anything?
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Level 73
Mar 8, 2019
Was wondering the same thing. I just looked it up and apparently there have been massive dangerous protests going on and a lot of violent crime.
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Level 85
Oct 14, 2019
Because it's still Haiti.
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Level 53
Jun 14, 2021
- someone from dominican republic
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Level 46
Mar 8, 2019
I got Iran, Iraq and North Korea. I'm British so I don't even know what this is!
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Level 75
Mar 8, 2019
I certainly wouldn't recommend going to the Sentinel Islands We've seen how that works out.
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Level 52
Mar 13, 2019
It's worth mentioning that the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Colima, Guerrero, and Michoacan are also listed as "Do Not Go" areas.
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Level 44
Jun 15, 2019
which is incredibly sad because the coasts of Sinaloa, Colima, Guerrero, and Michoacan are beautiful..
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Level 82
Apr 18, 2019
The countries on this list aren't necessarily forbidden to US tourists it's just that the State Department advises American citizens to not travel to them for any reason. That could be due to high levels of crime, social unrest, kidnapping, civil war, terrorism, breakdown in social services, or when the government of the country has a habit of detaining American tourists without good cause. So the countries are deemed not safe to travel to. There are other levels of travel advisories, which are:

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

and Level 4, the highest, Do Not Travel

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Level 50
Jan 25, 2020
Do all countries fit into one of these levels, or are some uncategorized.
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Level 82
Jan 26, 2020
I think they all fit in to one of the four unless the State Department hasn't bothered making a page about them. Maybe some places like the Vatican or Tuvalu?
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Level 53
Oct 16, 2020
Small countries like Monaco and The Vatican are just lumped into bigger countries, France and Italy respectively. Tuvalu might be lumped into Australia, but I'm not sure.
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Level 82
Apr 18, 2019
btw Sudan is at Level 4 now, not just South Sudan.
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Level 63
Jul 23, 2019
Added and awaiting approval!
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Level 53
Jul 8, 2019
What's up with Haiti???????
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Level 73
Jul 26, 2019
Yes, Haiti appears to be only Level 3, not Level 4.
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Level 63
Jul 26, 2019
You would be correct, Haiti's was updated in June. I double checked all the others which are still correct.
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Level 66
Aug 2, 2019
I have visited Iran Iraq North Korea Libya CAR Libya and Venezuela
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Level 66
May 3, 2020
I said Libya twice lol
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Level 47
Sep 9, 2019
Congratulations on 1 million quizzes WolfCam.
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Level 63
Sep 15, 2019
Thank you!
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Level 63
Oct 15, 2019
I believe it’s quiz takes.
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Level 85
Oct 14, 2019
The most reset quiz there is.
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Level 63
Oct 15, 2019
Yep. This time Sudan was removed from the list.
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Level 58
Oct 15, 2019
It is safe to travel to Somaliland, but not Somalia. It is sad that they're not internationally recognized, but I guess the reasons for is respectable.
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Level 82
Oct 15, 2019
For my money Somali women are the most beautiful in Africa. Ethiopia might be a close second. And then those of the NW Mediterranean coast.
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Level 71
Nov 15, 2019
I know the instructions say "As of October 14, 2019," but the source you used has since been updated (on November 12, 2019) adding Bolivia to the list.
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Level ∞
Nov 15, 2019
I don't want to reset stats super frequently, so we'll put this quiz on a once-per-year refresh.
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Level 63
Nov 15, 2019
Otherwise this quiz would be updated monthly
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Level 63
Jan 31, 2020
While I won’t be updating the Quiz, Burkina Faso and China have been added to the list
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Level 54
Jan 27, 2020
Didn't expect Mali - probably because of terrorist groups
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Level 52
Jan 30, 2020
Good quiz. Missed Venezuela only
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Level 71
Mar 19, 2020
So, if these are level 4 countries ... does this suddenly become the "Countries of the World" quiz, minus the United States?
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Level 63
Mar 19, 2020
Don't know why, but Mongolia has been added to the list
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Level 58
Jun 12, 2020
What have the Mongols ever done since the Khans?
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Level 57
Jul 19, 2020
Probably because of the corona
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2020
I bet if you updated it right now, the list would have about half the world's countries on it
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Level 84
Mar 31, 2020
All of them...
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Level 52
Apr 13, 2020
The added ones are Indonesia, Mongolia, Haiti, China, South Sudan, and Burkina Faso. I’m surprised that Spain is only Level 2 but Italy is Level 3.
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Level 82
Jun 5, 2020
China? Because of coronavirus? Right now the United States is the most dangerous place in the world to be if you're worried about that.
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Level 82
Jun 30, 2020
... and I called it. The US isn't advising against or banning travel to other countries due to coronavirus... but other countries are banning Americans. This is what happens when you have a country without leadership.
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Level 37
Jun 5, 2020
Burkina Faso isn't there
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Level 52
Jun 30, 2020
one of the main reasons to not go to any of these countries is because you'll probably be shot or drone striked by the US government
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Level 64
Sep 30, 2020
This quiz is going to be very hard if its annual update is soon. The number of Level 4 countries has vastly increased thanks to COVID-19. Maybe exclude Level 4 countries whose only reason is COVID-19, or format the list into COVID and non-COVID columns, maybe?
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Level 51
Nov 2, 2020
1 year has passed since this quiz has last been updated - could you make an update?
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Level 63
Nov 2, 2020
I considered it, but because of COVID-19, almost every country is currently on the do not travel list, so until things calm down, I won't update the quiz.
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Level 82
Mar 21, 2021
I think I would sooner travel to Venezuela right now than Niger. Though I know there's a risk of kidnapping and a fairly severe breakdown in government services in the former. Niger doesn't seem much safer to me than Mali, Libya, or South Sudan. Though it's still not one of the 30 countries currently on the Do Not Travel list at the State Department website. Meanwhile, Georgia is. Thinking that this was crazy and maybe due to the outbreak of violence with Armenia I looked up why and it's actually due to COVID. Though that still seems odd to me considering the other 160 or so countries that are not on the do not travel list. Maybe it's a combination of the two.
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Level 82
Mar 21, 2021
oops Azerbaijan*... not Armenia.
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Level 82
Mar 21, 2021
And given all of the above I just commented, even though the complete list is only 30 countries and far from every country, it would still make for a very difficult quiz as many of those on the list seem somewhat random. Probably best to wait until next year to update.
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Level 65
Mar 26, 2021
You lot should all stay in your own country. It will make the world a much safer place for everyone else.
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Level 53
Jun 14, 2021
the source you use (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/) added like 100 more countries

uzbekistan samoa sudan russia north korea nicaragua malaysia libya ireland iran fiji burkina faso belarus afghanistan ethiopia haiti sri lanka colombia trinidad nepal egypt png sao tome tajikistan turkmenistan syria somalia saudi arabia mali maldives kuwait iraq georgia drc czechia croatia chile belgium yemen vanuatu uruguay tuvalu tonga tanzania sweden suriname south sudan solomon islands slovenia seychelles roc paraguay pakistan netherlands nauru namibia mongolia madagascar lithuania lesotho latvia kiribati jamaica guinea guinea bissau estonia eritrea dominican republic cuba costa rica comoros car ivory coast myanmar brazil bolivia bangladesh bahrain argentina and algeria are all class 4 now (probably cause covid)

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Level 53
Jun 14, 2021
also only 10 are level one, 6 of which are in africa
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Level 35
Jul 9, 2021
Which includes South Korea as Level 1. Senegal too. And Comoros.
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Level ∞
Jun 18, 2021
Lol, the State Department is officially pathetic. They are still rating Sweden as a Level 4. There are virtually no Covid cases or deaths in Sweden, nor is Sweden imposing any large scale restrictions that would affect tourists. This is just an example. There are dozens of other countries marked as Level 4 for absolutely no reason. This is cowardice, plain and simple. We'll update the quiz if the State Department ever gets their heads out of their butts.
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Level 35
Jul 9, 2021
How about Burkina Faso?
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Level 55
Jul 18, 2021
I don't know if Iran should be on this list (I know you can't choose what the US does, I'm just saying). If you ever have been to Isfahan you'll know what I mean.
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Level 54
Aug 12, 2021
Ran out of time so didn't get CAF and Venezuela