President Donald Trump has already made it clear he doesn’t welcome visitors from certain countries to the United States. But how does he feel about United States citizens traveling abroad?
Although Trump hasn’t declared places, such as Iraq, Iran, and Libya off-limits to Americans, the U.S. Department of State does strongly discourage people from traveling to these countries, along with 38 others around the world.
How does a country end up on the travel warnings list? It’s not because of the way the president feels about them. Rather, according to the State Department, they issue a warning because of factors, such as an “unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks.”
Some of the places the U.S. government is concerned about should be avoided for obvious reasons. Countries, such as Syria and Yemen, are unstable and violent, and the people traveling abroad there are most likely to be relief workers or journalists who understand the risks involved. In some cases, the warnings are restricted to certain parts of a country, such as Israel’s Gaza Strip or certain regions of Mexico. The U.S. doesn’t have diplomatic relations with North Korea, which means if you go there and are detained — which has happened to at least 14 Americans in the past 10 years — you can’t rely on the U.S. embassy to rescue you.
Of course, few people are planning vacations to North Korea or Syria right now, but there are other countries that shouldn’t be on your bucket list. We’ve compiled a list of 10 countries the U.S. government deems unsafe for traveling abroad.