Violent Crime, Terrorism, & Civil Unrest: The Do Not Travel List

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

Even in globally tumultuous times, global business does not stop. Business continuity, supply chain management, and employee travel remain important staples to thriving enterprises no matter what’s going on in the world.

Global corporate travel will always come with a unique set of risks and hazards, but especially in the case of the 12 most dangerous countries for U.S. nationals to visit. The countries listed below carry a Travel Advisory Level 4 (Do Not Travel) as a matter of safety and security according to the U.S. State Department.

Companies have a legal and moral obligation to realistically assess and mitigate risks on behalf of their workers, especially if it involves the countries on the Do Not Travel list. The bullet points under each explain why the country has received a Travel Advisory Level 4.  

Venezuela

  • Economic freefall
  • Shortages of food, electricity, water
  • Collapsed medical infrastructure
  • Violent crime
  • Civil unrest
  • Political instability

 

Somalia 

  • Violent crime
  • Terrorism
  • Piracy
  • Political clashes

 

North Korea

  • Arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals. 

There is a geographical travel restriction on all U.S. citizen nationals' use of a passport to travel in, through, or to North Korea. Individuals seeking to travel to North Korea for certain limited humanitarian or other purposes may apply to the Department of State for a special validation passport. This is the only so-called “banned” country Americans are unable to visit.

 

South Sudan

  • Violent crime
  • Kidnapping
  • Cattle raids which lead to violence
  • Political instability
  • Readily available weapons

 

Iraq

  • Terrorism
  • Armed conflict
  • Kidnapping
  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

             

Iran

  • Arbitraryarrest and detention of U.S. citizens.

 

Central Africa

  • Violent Crime
  • Civil unrest
  • Kidnapping
  • Large areas of the country are controlled by armed groups

 

Syria

  • Terrorism
  • Civil unrest
  • Armed conflict
  • Chemical warfare
  • Shelling
  • Aerial bombardment

 

Mali

  • Violent crime
  • Terrorism

 

Libya

  • Terrorism
  • Civil unrest
  • Armed conflict
  • Ransom kidnapping
  • Violent extremist activity
  • Arbitrary arrest
  • Competing militias

             

Afghanistan

  • Violent crime
  • Terrorism
  • Civil unrest
  • Hostage taking
  • Suicide bombings
  • Landmines
  • IEDs

 

Yemen

  • Terrorism
  • Civil unrest
  • Health
  • Armed conflict
  • Shelling
  • Air strikes
  • Destroyed infrastructure: housing, medical, education, and power and water utilities
  • Shortage of electricity, clean water, and medical care
  • Cholera outbreak

 

Organizations should understand that in these countries, it is unlikely that the U.S. government can help if a crisis arises. Often, consular officers from the U.S. Embassy are denied access or are severely delayed in assisting its U.S. citizens. Essentially, the State Department is warning travelers that they are subject to the laws and the legal systems of the countries they are visiting, and if a crisis arises, they probably cannot help you.

As a leader of your organization, you need to consider this in your evaluation of business travel destinations and the locations of your assets: if the U.S. government can't provide assistance, will you still be able to succeed in the case of an extreme situation?

NC4's risk management application, NC4 Risk Center™, integrates technology and resources to enhance your ability to monitor, analyze, and respond to risks and fulfill your Duty of Care. Clear and concise communication improves situational awareness and emergency response time. Risk Center is a state-of-the art-system that takes into account a variety of parameters and allows managers to act with speed and accuracy.

Don’t expose your employees to unnecessary risk in already risky environments. For more information on how this travel risk assessment platform can help your organization fulfill its Duty of Care obligations, contact us today at 877-624-4999.

 

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