Posted by: coastcontact | August 23, 2017

There’s No Place Like Home

 

Vacationers dreaming of overseas travel are facing so many limitations that it seems the best place to visit is their own home town. OK maybe it is safe to visit any place in their state. Wait that might not be accurate either. Is it safe to visit Time Square in New York City?

Here is a list some of the State Department’s latest travel warnings and alerts.

Mexico Travel Warning:
We issue a Travel Warning when we want you to consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all.

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas. U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico issued December 8, 2016.

Baja California (includes Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, Tecate, and Mexicali): Exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night. Criminal activity and violence, including homicide, remain an issue throughout the state.

Baja California Sur (includes Los Cabos and La Paz): Criminal activity and violence, including homicide, remain an issue throughout the state. Exercise caution as Baja California Sur continues to experience a high rate of homicides.

Puerto Vallarta: U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to areas that border the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas because of continued instability.

Other parts of Mexico are also listed as unsafe that include most cities One big exception is Mexico City named by the State Department is Mexico City.

Europe Travel Alert:
We issue a Travel Alert for short-term events we think you should know about when planning travel to a country.

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017.

Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe. While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department nevertheless remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.

So after September 1, 2017 it will be safe? Given the terrorist attacks in Barcelona, Spain I am guessing the travel alert will be extended.

 

The list of other countries that there are warnings or alerts is long. Go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html to see if your destination is included.  You may be surprised at the number of countries that have warnings or alerts.

After the attacks in Nice, France and Barcelona, Spain we canceled our long planned European cruise and land excursions.

We will be spending six nights in Toronto, Canada and six nights in NYC.

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