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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 March 7, 2019
Last updated: March 07, 2019
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Countries
Afghanistan
Central African Republic
Haiti
Iran
Iraq
Libya
Mali
Countries
North Korea
Somalia
South Sudan
Syria
Venezuela
Yemen
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level 65
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 74
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 73
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 25
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 76
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 63
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 75
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 75
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 47
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 75
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 73
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 84
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 41
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 53
Dec 5, 2018
And Cameroon!
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level 78
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 75
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 53
Dec 5, 2018
Chuck Norris can go anywhere Chuck Norris wants.
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level 53
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 35
Dec 5, 2018
Are americans able to travel to cuba without detouring through canada now?
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level 73
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 53
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 75
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 70
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 25
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 56
Mar 8, 2019
@quiantaene is this sarcasm?
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level 78
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 63
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 61
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 25
Mar 8, 2019
Why Haiti? Did I miss anything?
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level 56
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 22
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 72
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 40
Mar 8, 2019
Why US citizens not aloud in Haiti and Venezuela?
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level 60
Mar 14, 2019
This is not about where they're allowed or not. Reasons for this advisory can be political for example. When a country is not in good terms with the US or in a critical state itself or there's a lot of violence going on. But hey some people look for that. "Dark tourism".
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level 75
Apr 18, 2019
You can see the rationale here for Haiti, Venezuela's is similar though it also includes poor health infrastructure and arbitrary detention of US citizens, especially those with dual citizenship.
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level 50
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 75
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 75
Apr 18, 2019
btw Sudan is at Level 4 now, not just South Sudan.