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Where can't Americans travel?

Where can’t Americans travel

Americans cannot travel to several countries either due to sanctions, visa requirements, or safety concerns.

1. Sanctioned Countries. These countries have blocked travel for Americans.

Americans are not allowed to travel to North Korea. The U.S. government restricts all travel to North Korea for American citizens.

Why can’t Americans go to North Korea?

Americans can’t travel to North Korea because of safety concerns. This do not travel order was issued by the U.S. Department of State after the 2017 death of Otto Warmbier, an American college student. Warmbier was arrested while on an organized tour of North Korea. He returned to the U.S.A in a coma, and later died.

2. Countries with Strict or Complex Visa Requirements for American citizens:

Travel is legally prohibited to Cuba for Americans, unless working with a licensed operator for family visits, official government business, journalism, professional or educational purposes, religious activities, humanitarian projects, or support of the Cuba people.

3. Countries on the U.S. State Department Level 4 Travel Advisory

The countries below are under the U.S. State Department’s Level 4 Travel Advisory. These countries face security challenges or strained diplomatic relations with the U.S. In these countries, the U.S. government has limited ability to assist American citizens. Please check the U.S. State Department site for more information on these countries.

State Department Level 4 Countries (April 17, 2024)

Afghanistan Flag Afghanistan Belarus Flag Belarus
Burkina Faso Flag Burkina Faso Myanmar Flag Burma (Myanmar)
Central African Republic Flag Central African Republic Haiti Flag Haiti
Iran Flag Iran Iraq Flag Iraq
Libya Flag Libya Mali Flag Mali
North Korea Flag North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Russia Flag Russia
Somalia South Sudan Flag South Sudan
Sudan Flag Sudan Syria Flag Syria
Ukraine Flag Ukraine Venezuela Flag Venezuela
Yemen Flag Yemen

Map showing countries under Level 4 'Do Not Travel' advisory for US citizens, prominently marked in red on a dark blue background, with an update note for April 2024.

Ensuring Your Travel Documents are in Order

Before planning a trip to any country, ensure that all travel documents are up-to-date. This is particularly important for Americans who wish to travel to countries with bureaucratic or safety challenges. See also: Documents Needed for U.S. Passport Application

Preparing for International Travel

When traveling to countries with complex visa rules or travel advisories, having a valid U.S. passport is just the first step. It’s essential to:

  • Check Passport Validity: Many countries require your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of your visit. If your passport is nearing expiration, renew it in advance.
  • Understand Visa Requirements: For countries with strict visa rules, begin the application process early to account for delays or additional documentation required.

For detailed guidance on getting or renewing a U.S. passport, read How to Get a U.S. Passport in Two Weeks or Less.


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This page was updated April 25, 2024.

About the Author

Quintin Willekens


Quintin Willekens is from Arizona and has a degree in Business Sustainability from Arizona State University and an interest in cross-cultural connections. His passion for global cultures was ignited early, leading him to explore over 20 countries by the time he graduated. Quintin continued his cultural immersion by teaching English in South Korea for 3 years. After getting married in South Korea, you will find him wandering the streets of Seoul with his partner and dog. At Rustic Pathways he brings a wealth of international insight and a dedication to education, travel, and sustainable development.