Over the past couple of months, Mexico has gotten a lot of attention over its recent travel advisories issued by the US State Department, which mainly advises American travellers to exercise increased caution when travelling to the Latin American country.
While this has sparked a lot of debate and conversation, it is worth noting that many countries worldwide have similar warnings in place at any given time. To help you navigate international travel more seamlessly and to give you a better understanding of how the different types of advisory may impact your travel, we put together a handy guide of the countries that the US State Department has issued new (or updated) travel advisories on during the month of March. This guide will be regularly updated as more advisories are issued.
Each advisory is categorized under a different degree, which highlights the level of danger assessed by the department. Level 1 is the lowest degree, and it is described as “exercise normal precautions.” Level 2, instead, warns travellers to “exercise increased precautions.” Level 3 and 4 are the highest levels, and they respectively tell travellers to “reconsider travel” and “do not travel.”
Authorities are advising Americans to exercise increased caution in Gambia due to crime and inadequate health infrastructures.
Additionally, travellers should exercise increased caution in the southern border area adjacent to Senegal’s Casamance region due to the “potential presence of landmines and sporadic border skirmishes.”
American travellers should reconsider travel to El Salvador due to crime.
The Department has also highlighted the “state of exception” issued in March 2022 by the Government of El Salvador, according to which authorities can arrest anyone suspected of gang activity. The declaration also suspends several constitutional rights, including the normal protections of criminal procedure such as the right to a speedy trial.
A “reconsider travel” warning is currently in place in Ethiopia due to “conflict, civil unrest, crime, communications disruptions, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas,” according to the official advisory.
Some areas, instead, fall under the “do not travel” category. These are:
Tigray Region and border with Eritrea
Amhara-Tigray and Afar-Tigray border areas
Gambella and Benishangul Gumuz Regions
Southern Nations and National People (SNNP) Region
The State Department is advising Americans to reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) (including the Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of Hong Kong and Macau) due to “arbitrary enforcement of local laws.”
Additionally, travellers should exercise increased caution in the PRC due to wrongful detentions.
The department has advised Americans to exercise increased caution in Equatorial Guinea due to an outbreak of Marburg virus disease in the mainland area of the country. The CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for MVD in the country.
Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.
Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.
You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.
As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.