In March the US Department of State issued eight additional travel warnings, this month there has already been one new warning posted as well. If you plan on travelling in the near future you will want to check out the April travel warning update and make sure your destination country is not on it.
March 6th: Iraq- The Department of State warns US citizens to not travel to Iraq unless for essential travel. Iraq still remains a dangerous location for US citizens as there is a high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence.
March 12th: Haiti- US Citizens living and traveling to Haiti should remain cautious if traveling to Haiti. While crime has declined in Haiti, US citizens are still targeted for violent crime and robbery.
Mauritania- Travel risks associated with Mauritania remain high as terrorist group activity, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb is still prevalent.
March 14th: Russian Federation Travel Alert, Events in Ukraine- US citizens in Russia are advised to stay alert during travel to Russia due to the tensions in Ukraine. Travelers should be aware of the potential for violence or anti-U.S. actions toward US citizens.
March 18th: Egypt Travel Alert- US citizens are still at high risk during travel to Egypt, due to the political and social unrest. Demonstrations have resulted in fatal violence and US citizens are urged to stay away from demonstrations and not participate.
March 21st: Mali- Although Mali held peaceful presidential and legislative elections, US citizens are encouraged to be aware of the possible risk due to kidnap threats and potential terrorist attacks.
March 21st: Ukraine- All non-essential travel to Ukraine is discouraged as violence between pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine groups still exist. Demonstrations resulting in violence are still a possibility and US citizens should avoid demonstrations, large crowds and gatherings.
March 22nd: Niger- Due to past terrorist threats, travel to Niger still poses a risk to US citizens. Travelers should be aware of the current situation and their surroundings, and remain cautious at checkpoints as security officials are in a high state of alert.
April 3rd: Burundi- Due to peaceful participation of Burundi in Somalia terrorist organizations have threatened attacks in Burundi, and US citizens are a potential terrorist target. Travel to Burundi should be taken with knowledge that terrorist attacks may occur.
All US citizens traveling abroad are also encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the US Department of State.