Before you travel anywhere, there are measures you can take to lessen your risk of encountering crime and/or danger. Travel smarts and awareness are enough to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip in most places. In a few parts of the world, however, at certain moments, advance research will tell you that you simply should not go at all.
In the wake of the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, tensions in the Middle East are rising. And for Americans, at least, the travel landscape is changing with it. But how much, exactly? In a post titled “Is It Safe to Travel to the Middle East Now?” Fodors looked at the situation on a country-by-country basis. Using info current “as of January 8,” it designates 22 countries as “Go Ahead,” “Proceed With Caution,” “Reconsider for Now,” or “No-Go” and provides detail and rationale for each choice (all are “intended for a U.S. and Western audience”). Check out the post here, and see my own supplemental advice below.
Is it safe to travel to the Middle East and North Africa?
As Fodors says in the post, no single paragraph online can adequately sum up a whole country and its travel environment. That’s why it’s important to stay up to date with the State Department’s travel advisories—as well as with advisories offered by the U.K. and other Western countries—for any destinations you’re considering. You should also enroll in the State Department’s STEP program. And anywhere you go, you should consider travel insurance (here’s the annual plan I use), but especially when you’re going somewhere you associate with higher risk.
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