The IERCC makes every effort to keep you up to date regarding areas where SAR assets or infrastructure could hinder our efforts in getting aid to you quickly. Please visit this page before you plan a trip to see what the situation may be in the area you are traveling in. Besides the alerts, we will in some cases provide you with tips that will aid us in our mission should you need us.
IERCC COUNTRY ALERT REPORT
UPDATED AS OF 28 FEB 2015 0400 GMT(ZULU)
How to use this information.
GEOS Membership Program Excluded Countries – The GEOS membership plans for Worldwide Search and Rescue, and Medical Evacuation have certain exclusions based on stability of geographical areas. A description of these can be found both here and in the printed terms and conditions for those benefits, under the appropriate section of GEOS offerings on the main menu. This list will be updated from time to time at GEOS discretion and is binding for all GEOS Membership benefits.
IERCC Cautionary Alerts are issued when the IERCC has learned new information about the status of a country or territory, or when a country has demonstrated diminished capabilities. These alerts are not the same as other forms of alerts and warnings which are defined below. IERCC Cautionary alerts are solely about the Emergency Response capabilities of a region, country or territory and have nothing to do with the geo-political or security risk.
IERCC Country Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, either transnational or within a particular country, that pose significant risks to the security of those traveling there. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.
IERCC Country Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable making it near impossible for the IERCC to get emergency responders to you.
IERCC Vendor Service Alerts are issued when a vendors service is impacted either temporarily or long term.
GEOS Membership Program Excluded Countries
Gaza Strip and The West Bank
Iraq (The Kurdistan Territory is not excluded)
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Republic of South Sudan
Peoples Republic of North Korea
Central African Republic
IERCC Country Warnings
This section has links for each country to the U.S. State Departments Travel Warning Site.
IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TO ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES, PLEASE FOLLOW THE TIPS ON THE IERCC TIP PAGE.
Mauritania – AQIM continues to demonstrate its intent and ability to conduct attacks against foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens. This replaces the travel warning for Mauritania, issued March 12, 2014, to update information on security incidents and remind travelers of security concerns. TRAVEL WARNING
Liberia – August 7, 2014. After review of health conditions, the U.S. Department of State ordered the departure of family members residing with Embassy staff in Monrovia. The Embassy recommended this action out of an abundance of caution following the determination that there was a lack of options for routine health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak. TRAVEL WARNING
Mali – We strongly warn against travel to the northern parts of the country and along the border with Mauritania because of ongoing military operations and threats of attacks and kidnappings targeting westerners. Mali faces significant security challenges because of the presence in northern Mali of extremists and militant factions. In October, Mali reported its first cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic that is ongoing in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mali dated December 18, 2014. TRAVEL WARNING
Chad – January 8, 2015. Chad’s historically volatile security environment could deteriorate unexpectedly, particularly along the border areas. The ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services is limited in remote and rural areas. U.S. citizens should take steps to mitigate the risk from violent crime, and maintain caution at public gathering spaces and locations frequented by foreigners, including markets, restaurants, bars, and places of worship. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Chad dated June 30, 2014 to update U.S. citizens on the current security situation in Chad. TRAVEL WARNING
Ukraine – January 5, 2015. Despite the signing of a ceasefire agreement in September 2014, violent clashes between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces continue in parts of the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, resulting in thousands of injuries and deaths. In addition, Russian military forces continue to occupy the Crimean Peninsula and are present on the eastern border of Ukraine. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Ukraine dated August 29 to provide updated information on the security situation in southern and eastern Ukraine. TRAVEL WARNING
Mexico – December 24, 2014. U.S. citizens have been the target of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states. For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued October 10, 2014, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel. TRAVEL WARNING
Venezuela – December 11, 2014. Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Venezuela each year for study, tourism, business, and volunteer work. Violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, however, both in the capital, Caracas, and in the interior. This updates the Travel Warning issued on June 4, 2014, to include amendments to the movement policy for U.S. Embassy personnel and their families. TRAVEL WARNING
Haiti – December 4, 2014. The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to exercise caution when visiting Haiti given Haiti’s weak emergency response infrastructure. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Haiti each year, but the poor state of Haiti’s emergency response network should be carefully considered when planning travel. Travelers to Haiti are encouraged to use organizations that have solid evacuation and medical support options in place. (Please see the Country Specific Information page for Haiti.) TRAVEL WARNING
Djibouti – November 25, 2014. The U.S. government continues to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at Western (including U.S.) and Djiboutian interests in Djibouti. Terrorist acts can include suicide operations, bombings (to include car bombings), kidnappings, attacks on civil aviation, and attacks on maritime vessels in or near Djiboutian ports. Attacks may target official government facilities, including Embassies and military installations, as well as soft targets such as restaurants, clubs, hotels, and other commercial entities. While Djiboutian officials continue the pursuit of those responsible for previous terrorist attacks, many of those involved remain at large and still operate in the region. Travelers should also consult the Worldwide Caution for further information and details. TRAVEL WARNING
El Salvador – November 21, 2014. Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit El Salvador each year for study, tourism, cruise ship visits, business, and volunteer work. There is no information to suggest that U.S. citizens are specifically targeted by criminals; however, crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country. Since January 2010, 33 U.S. citizens have been murdered in El Salvador including a nine-year-old child in December 2013. During the same time period, 366 U.S. citizens reported having their passports stolen, while others were victims of violent crimes. TRAVEL WARNING
Philippines – November 20, 2014. U.S. citizens should continue to defer non-essential travel to the Sulu Archipelago, due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there. TRAVEL WARNING
Burkina Faso – October 31, 2014. On October 31, Burkina Faso’s President Compaore resigned. The status of a transitional government remains unclear. There are incidents of looting throughout the capital city of Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, and other parts of the country. TRAVEL WARNING
Burundi – October 31, 2014. The terrorist organization al-Shabaab, based in Somalia, has threatened to conduct terror attacks in Burundi. It may also target U.S. interests in Burundi. Low-level political violence persists throughout Burundi– a carryover of the Burundian civil war. TRAVEL WARNING
Eritrea – September 12, 2014. The Eritrean government continues to restrict the travel of all foreign nationals. These restrictions require all visitors and residents, including U.S. diplomats (who must apply 10 days in advance) for permission to travel 25 kilometers outside Asmara’s city limits. Permission is usually granted to areas such as Massawa and Keren, which are known tourist destinations; however, requests to areas near the borders and regions not frequently traveled by diplomats are typically turned down. As a result, the U.S. Embassy cannot guarantee its ability to provide consular assistance outside of Asmara. TRAVEL WARNING
Sierra Lione – August 14, 2014. After review of health conditions and limited availability of medical evacuation options, the U.S. Department of State ordered the departure of family members residing with Embassy staff in Freetown to begin August 14, 2014. U.S. government employees in Freetown will remain on active duty at the Embassy. TRAVEL WARNING – MEDIVAC RESTRICTION
Algeria – August 13, 2014. There is a high threat of terrorism and kidnappings in Algeria. This kidnapping threat was noted in the Department of State’s latest Worldwide Caution. Although the major cities are heavily policed, attacks could still potentially take place. The majority of terrorist attacks, including bombings, false roadblocks, kidnappings, and ambushes occur in areas of the country east and south of Algiers. TRAVEL WARNING
Saudi Arabia – August 8, 2014. Recent developments include an attack by members of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on a border checkpoint along the Saudi-Yemeni border on July 4, 2014, and increased media reports of threats to Saudi infrastructure and U.S. installations in the Kingdom. This replaces the Travel Warning issued February 11, 2014, to update information on the current security situation in Saudi Arabia and the continuing threat posed by terrorism, and to reiterate recommendations on security awareness. TRAVEL WARNING
Cameroon – August 6, 2014. The terrorist group Boko Haram is active in the Far North, and has actively targeted foreign expatriates resident in Cameroon, tourists, and government leaders. On July 25, 2014, more than 200 suspected Boko Haram operatives conducted a coordinated attack on two compounds in Kolofata. The wife of the Vice Prime Minister of Cameroon and several others were kidnapped from the Vice PM’s residential compound, while Kolofata’s mayor and religious leader and several others were kidnapped from the mayor’s residence. Several civilians were killed in this coordinated operation. Twenty-one expatriates have been kidnapped since 2013. TRAVEL WARNING
Honduras – Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens visit Honduras each year for study, tourism, business, and volunteer work without incident. However, crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country, and the Government of Honduras lacks the resources to address these issues. Since 2010, Honduras has had the highest murder rate in the world. The Honduran Ministry of Security recorded a homicide rate of 75.6 per 100,000 people in 2013, while the National Violence Observatory, an academic research institution based out of Honduras’ National Public University, reports that the 2013 murder rate was 79 murders per 100,000 people. TRAVEL WARNING
Kenya – U.S. citizens in Kenya, and those considering travel to Kenya, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas. Due to the terrorist attack on June 15 in Mpeketoni, in Lamu County, the U.S. Embassy instituted restrictions on U.S. government personnel travel to all coastal counties – Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, and the coastal portion only of Tana River County. TRAVEL WARNING
IERCC CAUTIONARY – THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES HAVE RECENTLY DEMONSTRATED INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES THAT MAY INHIBIT OUR ABILITY TO GET AID TO YOU IN A TIMELY MANNER OR EVER.
IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TO ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES, PLEASE FOLLOW THE TIPS ON THE IERCC TIP PAGE.
Guyana – The IERCC has been in contact with a number of agencies who have indicated the communications infrastructure in Guyana is not adequate, so attempting to make contact via international calling can be near impossible. Providing the IERCC with trip itinerary and local contacts is recommended.
Date Issued: 15 SEP 2013
Tajikistan – The IERCC recently had an emergency incident in Tajikistan and was able to successfully resolve the issue, however, it was solely with private assets, not government response. Government embassies and consulates don’t appear to have the resources there to accomplish much in getting aid to those in trouble. If you are planning to travel anywhere in Tajikistan you may seriously want to consider purchasing the GEOS SAR Benefit and/or the Medivac Benefit, due to the expense of using private resources for Search and Rescue. Providing the IERCC with trip itinerary and local contacts is recommended.
Date Issued: 04 OCT 2013
Nepal – The IERCC has numerous contacts in Nepal, but they are mostly guide companies and local Sherpas. To coordinate rescue operations in Nepal, the IERCC has to rely on these non-governmental agencies and while we have been successful, we may not always be able to rely on these sources and there may be delays in getting aid to you. Providing the IERCC with trip itinerary and local contacts is recommended.
Date Issued: 05 OCT 2011
Mongolia – The IERCC has experienced delays in emergency response in Mongolia for the past two years and it is not likely to improve any time soon. Providing the IERCC with trip itinerary and local contacts is recommended.
Date Issued: 11 JUL 2009
IERCC Vendor Service Alerts
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