Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJane Perlez and Steven Lee Myers June 8, 2018 BEIJING — The State Department issued a health alert on Friday to American citizens living or traveling in China, advising them to seek medical attention if they experienced “auditory or sensory phenomena” similar to those experienced by American diplomats evacuated to the United States. The alert, posted on the department’s website, said those who suspected that they had such symptoms should not try to locate the source of any “unidentified auditory sensation” and should seek medical care as soon as possible. More than two million American citizens travel to China each year, and about 175,000 Americans hold Chinese resident visas. The advisory came after at least two employees at the United States Consulate in the southern city … [Read more...] about U.S. Issues Alert to Americans in China in Wake of Sonic Attack Fears
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Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 7:03 p.m. UTC May 27, 2018 Christopher Larime goes out to lunch most days, often with co-workers from the General Motors Tech Center in Warren. The father of three said he ate in March at the Buffalo Wild Wings across Mound Road from his office. It's the same restaurant where a food worker was later found to have hepatitis A. Larime is one of 837 people sickened with the virus in Michigan since August 2016. It has killed 27 people in the state, which remains in the throes of the biggest hepatitis A outbreak in the country. As of May 23, hardest hit are Macomb County, with 220 cases; the City of Detroit, with 170; Wayne County, with 144, and Oakland County, with 114 cases. The virus is highly contagious and can be spread through food or water contaminated by the feces of an infected person, through close contact or sex with a person who has hepatitis A or by touching … [Read more...] about Michigan’s hepatitis A outbreak is worst in U.S. What you need to know.
Under a new travel advisory system announced Wednesday, the U.S. State Department issued its highest-level warning for five Mexican states—Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas—recommending that U.S. travelers refrain from visiting these regions due to security conditions.The advisory lists a “level 2” warning for Baja California and Baja California Sur, recommending that travelers “exercise increased caution due to crime” when visiting these states. The warning is the second-lowest of a new four-level ranking system now being used to evaluate security conditions for U.S. travelers to countries worldwide. It ranges from the lowest level—“exercise normal precautions”—to the strictest, “do not travel.”For Baja California, the statement says that “criminal activity and violence, including homicide, remain an issue throughout the state” and that homicides had increased over 2016. It states … [Read more...] about New U.S. travel advisory recommends “caution” to Baja California visitors; no restrictions for tourist areas
“Is Mexico safe?” It’s a question many American travelers have asked themselves, especially in the wake of a sweeping security alert for Mexico issued by the U.S. State Department in early March 2018. Such travel advisories can be confusing, but this one is pretty clear and even includes a color-coded map revealing the most dangerous (marked in red) and safest places in Mexico (marked in yellow). Mexico is a vast country, with heaps of beautiful and interesting places to see, and some 28 million Americans safely travel there each year. To help you plan your own trip, I’ve gathered some of the safest places to visit in Mexico, complete with information on why you should go and where to stay. The Safest Places in Mexico Keep in mind that bad things can happen even in the safest places in Mexico, and destinations that don’t appear on this list could still be great spots for a vacation. No matter where you go in Mexico, you’ll want to follow common-sense … [Read more...] about The 13 Safest Places in Mexico for Travelers
These days, you’re probably not planning a trip to Iraq or Afghanistan — the United States and other developed nations are currently advising citizens against all non-essential travel to these countries. But a government travel warning doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad idea to plan a trip to a particular part of the world. In fact, within the past few years the governments of the U.S., Canada and the U.K. have also released advisories about the following countries: Thailand, Mexico, China, India and the United States. All of these are popular tourist destinations (if not home!). But before you decide to avoid these countries altogether — or to move to Canada — it’s worth taking a closer look at what a government’s travel warnings mean, why they’re released and how to evaluate them. What Is a Travel Advisory? Governments issue travel advisories to let their citizens know about safety concerns that may affect travel to a … [Read more...] about Travel Warnings and Advisories
Last week the State Department released a vague warning about Mexico travel to Playa Del Carmen, saying it had “received information about a security threat,” and prohibited government employees from traveling there until further notice. According to CNN, the Mexico travel warning came one week after a crude explosive device was found on a tourist ferry in the area. In its travel advisory, the State Department specifically notes that “U.S. government personnel are still prohibited from using ferry services between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel until further notice. U.S. citizens should not use ferry services operating between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.” Authorities have reportedly ruled out terrorism and organized crime in the attempted bombing. Related: 10 Travel Safety Tips You Can Learn from the CIA “US citizens must have as much information as possible to make informed travel decisions,” State Department spokeswoman Heather … [Read more...] about State Department Warns Against Mexico Travel, But Is It Unsafe?
Be honest. How many times have you read a safety tip for travelers and thought: “Yep, that makes sense” … and then just totally ignored it next time you took a trip? We’ve all been there. So let’s make a pact together to stop ignoring the good advice and start following these rules to stay safe while traveling. Register with the State Department Enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before you leave, and the nearest U.S. Embassy will easily be able to find and help you if something bad happens (either abroad or back home, like a family emergency). Leave an Itinerary You should also leave an itinerary with a trusted friend or family member back home. That way, if you don’t return they’ll know exactly where to begin the search, instead of trying to piece together your steps through social media postings. This can also be helpful if you have a family member that worries when you travel—if they hear … [Read more...] about 8 Travel Safety Tips You Probably Ignore (But Shouldn’t)
In an overhaul of its travel advisory system, the U.S. Department of State recently assigned every country in the world a travel safety rating. The safest places are ranked Level 1, while the places that Americans are advised to avoid are considered Level 4: Many tourist-frequented countries were highlighted for travel safety concerns as Level 2, meaning Americans should “exercise increased caution” and “be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.” Many of the advisories stem from threats of terrorism, while others are due to crime or weather. Related: State Department Rates Every Country’s Safety in New Travel Advisory System Surprising Countries with Level 2 Travel Safety Ratings Here are some countries you might be surprised the State Department gave a lower travel safety rating to, and why the agency says you should exercise caution when visiting them. Denmark “Exercise increased caution in Denmark due to terrorism,” the … [Read more...] about 10 Surprising Countries That Are Risky for Travel, According to the State Department
I was recently asked a seemingly simple question, that would appear to fall well within my professional area of expertise: Is it safe to attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea? My initial response, with nary a hint of hesitation, was: Of course, South Korea is a safe and stable country, with a robust economy, operating under the rule of law. Neither street crime, which was a concern surrounding the 2016 Rio Olympics, nor political unrest, which could be a concern during the 2022 Beijing games, are safety issues for the 2018 Olympics. It gradually dawned on me, however, that the question is more complicated than those facts. Why? The 2018 Olympics (February 9 – 25) aren’t just taking place in South Korea; they’re taking place in Pyeongchang, a city just 50 miles from the border with North Korea. Related:Winter Olympics 2018: Here’s What Travelers Need to Know That’s the question: Could North Korea impact the 2018 Olympics’ safety? Might that … [Read more...] about 2018 Olympics Travel: Is South Korea Safe to Visit for the Games?
The U.S. State Department implemented a revamped version of its travel advisory system yesterday that rates every country’s travel safety on a scale of one to four. The new classifications are designed to simplify travel advisory information so people can easily decide if a particular destination is safe enough to visit. In place of the previous system of alerts and advisories, the new ratings establish advisory levels (reminiscent of the now-defunct Homeland Security Advisory System) which correspond to escalating levels of insecurity. Related:10 Surprising Countries That Are Risky for Travel, According to the State Dept. What State Department Travel Advisory Rankings Mean Level 1 – Exercise Normal Precautions: 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. Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Be … [Read more...] about State Department Rates Every Country’s Safety in New Travel Advisory System