Travel Advisories in September 2023

In September, the U.S. State Department issued updated travel advisories for various destinations, ranging from Level 1 (exercise normal precautions) to Level 4 (do not travel). As you plan your upcoming travel for the shoulder and holiday seasons, it's crucial to stay informed about these advisories.

Sri Lanka—Level 2: Travelers to Sri Lanka are urged to exercise increased caution due to civil unrest and terrorism following the State Department's advisory on September 5. Authorities have cautioned about potential protests related to economic and political issues, some of which have turned violent. U.S. citizens should avoid gatherings that may escalate unexpectedly.

Russia—Level 4: The State Department updated Russia's advisory to Level 4 due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Travel to Russia is strongly discouraged due to the unpredictable consequences of the invasion, potential harassment of U.S. citizens, arbitrary enforcement of local laws, limited flight options, the Embassy's restricted ability to assist, and the risk of terrorism. Travelers already in Russia are advised to leave immediately.

Australia—Level 1: Australia's travel advisory was updated to Level 1 on September 8, allowing travelers to explore the country with normal precautions.

New Zealand—Level 1: New Zealand also remains at Level 1, offering a worry-free environment for travelers in the South Pacific.

Nigeria—Level 3: This fall, reconsider travel to Nigeria due to various risks, including crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed gangs. Specific regions have heightened dangers, so travelers should carefully assess their plans and avoid high-risk areas as mentioned in the advisory.