Remember the television series Lost in Space? The one where a robot was always warning the Robinson family when danger was about to happen. Well, if that Robot were our warning source today for travel, repairs would probably be frequent due to the robot’s arms constantly waving!
But these days (in lieu of the robot) you can go the TSA website and immediately find countries where strong travel warnings have been issued.
Travel warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions make a country dangerous or unstable. This leads the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or, at the very least, consider the risk of traveling to that country. A travel warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.
The countries listed after the jump meet those criteria. Simply click on any country to find out why it’s not a good idea to travel there. Travel warnings will continue to be noted until the US Government feels it is safe to delete them from this list.
Saudi Arabia 05/18/2012
Cote d’Ivoire 04/23/2012
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza 03/19/2012
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 01/12/2012
Central African Republic 01/04/2012
Republic of South Sudan 12/22/2011
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of 11/03/2011