March 2012 Travel Warning Update

Spring is here and there is no better time to travel than now! Whether you are planning a weekend-long trip abroad, or if you will be spending your Spring Break overseas, we have the latest March 2012 Travel Warning Update below to make sure that you are safe and up-to-date with the most current information. This month has been quiet with the US Department of State updates as there has only been three new warnings issued since our last February 2012 travel warning blog:

– Travel Warning for Colombia – Replacing the current travel warning from July 22, 2011, the latest notice states that there has been significant improvements in security in cities such as Cartagena and Bogota. Even with these improvements, however, narco-terrorist still exist throughout the country. While kidnapping incidents are down, the possibility for kidnap and ransom still persists especially within rural areas. US officials are only allowed to travel to major cities by air avoiding ground transportation due to the associated risks.

– Travel Warning for Nigeria (updated since our last February 2012 blog) – This travel warning for Nigeria has been updated to warn against the risk of kidnapping, robbery, and armed attacks by gangs and individuals. The warning also states that these incidents have been carried out by people dressed in police and military uniforms. Within the last month, three simultaneous attacks by “extremist groups” resulted in dozens killed and injured.

– Travel Warning for Syria (updated since our last February 2012 blog) – The US Department of States warns against travel to Syria and advises individuals currently in Syria to leave. The warning states that the border may “become more difficult to cross or may close without warning.” On February 6th the US Embassy in Damascus suspended operations in Syria and officials have departed the country.

For more information on March 2012 Travel Warning Update, contact or check out the US Department of State website.

Posted by Jennifer Frankel

Jennifer is the International Director at International Student Insurance. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Florida where she holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She has lived and worked abroad in Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica and England, and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and Asia.

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