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Would You Stay Home if US Couldn't Assure Safety of Travel?

Would You Stay Home if US Couldn't Assure Safety of Travel?

Before the United States will vouch for the security of an international flight, the other country must allow the US to assess security at their international airports. Countries like Venezuela have refused to comply with the requirement put in place after Sept. 11, 2001. Thus the US will not vouch for the safety of flights to Venezuela.

The US issues various levels of travel warnings, ranging from a lack of guarantee to a complete regulation of travel. For example, the State Department has a list of countries that have conditions making them dangerous for visitors. The list includes the likes of Colombia, Kenya, Lebanon, Haiti, Israel, Philippines, Iraq, and Afghanistan. And if a US citizen or permanent resident wants to go to Cuba from the US or even a third-party country, he or she must qualify for and obtain a license first or face civil and criminal penalties.

Would you only visit places that get a clean bill of travel from the US government?


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divinelight divinelight 8 years
I have a professor who told us to keep an eye on the State Department's website before deciding on a vacation. Because the second the danger level rises is the second you should book your ticket. Prices fall on tickets and on hotel rooms since tourists are in high demand. He said his best vacations have been scheduled that way.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Jude- I'm with ya about not having a fear of being blown up. But god, being kidnapped...yeesh. I would be less likely to travel to a place that the US had on their "do not travel" list, but if I were familiar with the country I would go ahead with it. I mean, my friend's family lives in the Philippines, and he has an open invitation for us to go visit with him. But, a few years ago, another student and I were planning study abroad in Israel, right when they were added to the list. He went, because he had an aunt there and he'd been there before (he actually had to get an exception from the University) and I didn't even really want to go because I knew so little of the dangers of going. I think it's a good list if it is informative and helpful to people, but obviously if your home country is on the list, or you are really well-traveled, then I don't see why you'd take it too seriously.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
think that i would probably still consider flying - you have to remember that there are so many other nations that have people who travel and find that it's just as safe. i know that for myself - i like to have the comfort knowing that the US has tried to make sure things are secure - but the UK still has people who fly and Japan does, and all other countries do - so i don't know if it really makes all that much of a difference right?
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I've developed a fear of flying in the last couple years, so I'm more afraid of the plane crashing than anything at my travel destination. I'd consider the level of threats in the country, but I would still go to one of these countries if I didn't think there was really a risk & it was just a matter of complying with the US requirement.
livvylove livvylove 8 years
Never, I'd def still travel!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Well we're going to Argentina next year come hell or high water. I just hope they replaced those burned out public transit vehicles by the time we get there.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Agreed Jude, Steph and unDave.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
There are so many other ways for me to die. I'm not worried about the government ensuring my safety.
stephley stephley 8 years
The government's list is so political that it's clear that it's not all about ensuring safety. I wouldn't go out of my way to press the issue, but if I really wanted or needed to go to a country like Venezuela or Lebanon, I would go.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I have no fear of being blown up, so this isn't really going to change anything for me. I always figure that if I'm meant to die at a certain point, I can just as easily get hit by a truck as I can getting blown up in a foreign country. Easier, actually.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Depends on the location. I really want to go to London bad -- and there's been talks of a company trip.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I also agree Stiletta!
stiletta stiletta 8 years
Oh, I misread. Yes. If the US says don't fly to Lebanon, I will not go there. They probably know things I don't.
stiletta stiletta 8 years
I don't think the US can guarantee our travel safety now.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
It would probably make me feel a whole lot better but to be honest with you my home country is on that list (Philippines) but I stil plan to go there next year. I just have to make sure that I don't look like a "terrorist target." Everyone should do research first on the country that they decide to go to. Be aware of the laws and dangers that might be there. :)
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