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Most dangerous countries for Americans to travel to

  • Nicaragua

    - Advisory: Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    - Date advisory updated: 4/3/2019
    - Estimated homicide rate per 100,000 people: 13.9

    Civil unrest, crime, and limited health care availability have contributed to an inhospitable travel environment in the Central American nation of Nicaragua, the State Department says. Government-controlled forces are known to attack and detain peaceful protestors—some of whom have gone missing.

  • Niger

    - Advisory: Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    - Date advisory updated: 4/9/2019
    - Estimated homicide rate per 100,000 people: 10.4

    Armed robbery and violent crime is common in the west African nation of Niger, the State Department reports. People should avoid travel to the border regions due to extremist groups based in Mali crossing the border and attacking Nigerien forces.

  • Nigeria

    - Advisory: Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    - Date advisory updated: 4/9/2019
    - Estimated homicide rate per 100,000 people: 9.8

    It is advised that Americans reconsider traveling to the west African nation of Nigeria due to crime and terrorism, in addition to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. While Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy, the U.N. gives the nation a low human development index score—scoring low on education, health, income, and inequality. Tourists can be vulnerable to violent crime throughout the country—including armed robbery, assault, carjacking, rape, and kidnapping.

  • Pakistan

    - Advisory: Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    - Date advisory updated: 4/9/2019
    - Estimated homicide rate per 100,000 people: 9.6

    Terrorism continues to occur in the Middle Eastern nation of Pakistan, and tourists should particularly stay away from the Azad Kashmir area, the Balochistan province, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In the past six months, 225 people were killed and 475 were wounded as a result of terrorist attacks, according to the State Department.

  • Turkey

    - Advisory: Level 3: Reconsider Travel
    - Date advisory updated: 4/9/2019
    - Estimated homicide rate per 100,000 people: 2.7

    Travelers to the Middle Eastern nation of Turkey are at risk for terrorism and arbitrary detentions, the State Department says. Under the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the nation has taken steps to strengthen the influence of Islam, attack the free press, and undermine Kemalist or modern Turkey policies. Turkish security forces have detained tens of thousands of people, including U.S. citizens, on charges of terrorism—with little to no evidence or political motivation.

  • Afghanistan

    - Advisory: Level 4: Do Not Travel
    - Date advisory updated: 4/9/2019
    - Estimated homicide rate per 100,000 people: 7.4

    Travel to the southern Central Asian nation of Afghanistan is unsafe due to kidnappings, hostage-takings, suicide bombings, landmines, and terrorist attacks, according to the State Department. The continuing war with Afghanistan has made the region hostile to Westerners. Evacuation missions in the country are incredibly restricted because of Afghanistan’s lack of infrastructure, geographic limitations, and hostile security situation.

  • Central African Republic

    - Advisory: Level 4: Do Not Travel
    - Date advisory updated: 4/9/2019
    - Estimated homicide rate per 100,000 people: 13.8

    Areas of the Central African Republic are controlled by armed groups who are known to kidnap, injure, and kill civilians—making this an unsafe country for tourists. The nation is in the midst of a civil war that has persisted—with several interludes—since 2004.

  • Iran

    - Advisory: Level 4: Do Not Travel
    - Date advisory updated: 4/9/2019
    - Estimated homicide rate per 100,000 people: 4.5

    American tourists in the Middle Eastern nation of Iran risk arrest and detention for arbitrary reasons—on charges including espionage and posing national security threats. The U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with Iran; Switzerland serves as the protecting power for U.S. citizens. However, Iran often denies Swiss officials access to detained American citizens. This may be due to the current state of diplomacy between the U.S. and Iran, with the U.S. abandoning the multinational Iranian nuclear agreement.

  • Iraq

    - Advisory: Level 4: Do Not Travel
    - Date advisory updated: 5/15/2019
    - Estimated homicide rate per 100,000 people: 15.5

    American citizens are at a high risk for violence and kidnapping in the Middle Eastern nation of Iraq, as terrorist and insurgent groups often attack civilians. Even in Baghdad, attacks from improvised explosive devices can occur, the State Department reports. A former combatant of the United States, hostilities still run hot, with strifes between the nation’s internal factions common.

  • Libya

    - Advisory: Level 4: Do Not Travel
    - Date advisory updated: 4/9/2019
    - Estimated homicide rate per 100,000 people: 2.5

    Westerners and U.S. citizens are often the targets of kidnapping for ransom in the northern African nation of Libya, in addition to violent crime and terrorism. Militia groups often detain travelers for arbitrary reasons, and the country does not guarantee its detainees access to a legal process or allow them to inform others of their whereabouts.

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