April showers bring May flowers – so the saying goes. If you are looking to escape the showers, and travel overseas – especially as many students are currently on Spring Break – it is important to do your research on your destination. Make sure that you have reviewed the April 2012 Travel Warning Updates that have been released by the US Department of State. As an update from the March 2012 Travel Warning Update, we are happy to say that there hasn’t been too many updates in the last month:
- Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza - The US State Department updated the June 22, 2011 warning this past month warning travelers of security concerns throughout the region. This warning advises travelers to avoid the Gaza Strip and to remain vigilant in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
- Travel Warning for Mali - Mali’s travel warning was updated on March 26th due to the continuation of political instability in the country. Current risks facing travelers include “attacks and kidnappings in the North of the country.”
- Travel Warning for Yemen - The Yemen travel warning was replaced on March 27th warning travelers of “terrorist activities and civil unrest.” The warning states that all travel to the country should be delayed and that all travelers currently in Yemen to depart immediately. Much of the security concerns are associated with the ongoing demonstrations and active terrorist organizations.
- Travel Warning for Chad - The travel warning for Chad was recently updated on March 29th warning citizens to avoid all travel to eastern Chad and the border regions. While the security risks have improved since 2010, the current risks of violent crimes including carjacking and kidnapping continue to make the region unstable for travelers.
For more information on April 2012 Travel Warning Update, contact or check out the US Department of State website.