The risk of traveling to every country in Asia, according to the US State Department

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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).
In August, the US State Department updated Hong Kong’s travel advisory, warning travelers to exercise increased caution due to civil unrest, particularly around political demonstrations that have taken place since June.
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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.

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Armenia – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

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

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

The US State Department doesn’t have any alerts for Bhutan, which means “Land of the Thunder Dragon”. Until 1970, visitors were not allowed to enter the country.

Brunei – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

The US State Department has no warnings for the country, which became the first East Asian country to adopt strict Islamic Sharia law in 2014.

Cambodia – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

The US State Department recommends travelers exercise increased caution in Phnom Penh due to phone and bag snatchings, as well as violent crimes like sexual assault and homicide.

Land mines are also a concern in remote areas like Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Siem Reap, Pailin, and Kampong Thom provinces. The agency advises against …read more

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