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- Before touring around Asia, it’s worth making sure every place on your list of destinations is safe or, at least, worth the risk.
- The US State Department ranks countries as levels 1 through 4, from least dangerous to most dangerous.
- Twenty-four countries in Asia are designated Level 1 (least dangerous), 14 are at Level 2, three are at Level 3, and six are at Level 4 (most dangerous).
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Traveling to Asia might be a good, cheap way to get off the beaten track, try different foods, and experience different cultures. But it’s worth checking the US State Department advisories for each country to learn more about any risks before you get there.
The State Department uses four levels of travel guidance to offer Americans advice, set boundaries, and describe the risks of each country:
Level 1 – Exercise normal precautions
Level 2 – Exercise increased caution
Level 3 – Reconsider travel
Level 4 – Do not travel
About half of Asia is classed as low risk, but there are six countries, including Iran, Iraq, and Yemen that are designated Level 4, mostly due to military conflicts, crime, and terrorism threats.
Here are the travel advisories for every country in Asia, ranked from least to most risky based on the State Department’s designation levels.
Armenia – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
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But the US State Department advises people not to travel to the Nagorno-Karabakh region due to armed conflict.
Gunfire and artillery systems, like land mines and mortars, cause injuries and deaths every year because of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Travelers are advised to avoid roads near the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Bahrain – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
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While there are no precautions for traveling to the majority of Bahrain, the US State Department has issued a warning to pilots due to the risks of flying within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region.
Bhutan – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
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