Like all foreign ministries, the US State Department regularly publishes travel advisories to help its citizens decide which countries are safe to travel to. Based on the latest update, Hungary is among the world’s safest places recommended for US citizens to visit. Meanwhile, the State Department put most of Europe in the unsafe category. Mandiner wrote about the details.
According to the media outlet, the State Department established four categories. Exercise Normal Precautions is the first level. They say that “this is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel. Conditions in other countries may differ from those in the United States and may change at any time.“
Some are in the category of Exercise Increased Caution. In other cases, they recommend reconsidering travel, while the fourth and worst group contains the states where no American citizen should travel. You can find the risk indicators in the last part of our article. Meanwhile, HERE you can find the interactive map of the State Department.
Based on the latest update of the list, only a few European countries are in the first category. That is because of COVID and the war in Ukraine. These countries are Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Greece in the Central European region. Furthermore, Switzerland, Portugal, Ireland, and Scandinavia are in the category of safe European countries.
Interestingly, many Western European countries are in the Exercise Increased Caution category, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy.
Meanwhile, Mongolia and Kazakhstan are in the first category, while most of the Middle East, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia are no-go zones for American citizens.
For more information, read the actual travel advisory HERE.
Travel Advisories at Levels 2-4 contain clear reasons for the level assigned, using established risk indicators and specific advice to U.S. citizens who choose to travel there. These are:
Source: Mandiner, travel.state.gov