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Be warned! Countries advise citizens on US travel

Gun violence in the US is no longer a home issue. Countries around the world are sensitising their citizens travelling to the US about the rising incidence of shootouts and gun crimes and have been issuing travel advisories.

India, which sends over million tourists to the US of A every year, has not officially intimated these travellers about the potential dangers they may be walking into. But it always helps to know the warnings with which other countries are equipping travellers to the US! Check out what these five countries have been asking their denizens to arm themselves with before they book their next flight ticket to America, and taking a leaf out of these.

Canada – There are a million reasons why Canadians travel to the US – family, friends and short weekend holidays.  The country’s foreign office has asked people crossing over its south side border to be careful, especially while visiting impoverished areas in the US. “The possession of firearms and the frequency of violent crime are generally more prevalent in the U.S. than in Canada,” the Foreign Office writes. “Within large metropolitan areas, violent crime more commonly occurs in economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods, particularly from dusk to dawn, and often involves alcohol and/or drug consumption.”

Germany – Europe could be having its own share of terror woes, but the foreign ministry is clued in to the needs of its citizens headed to the US. German visitors to America are warned that violent crime is much more common in the United States than in Germany, and firearms are much more accessible. Tourists are being urged to make copies of their important documents, including air travel documents, and store them in a safe place while abroad. In addition, travelers are warned to leave valuables at home, as pickpockets, muggings, and theft from vehicles can happen anywhere and at any time.

“In the US, it is relatively easy to obtain possession of weapons,” the German Foreign Office warns their tourists. “Should you be the victim of an armed robbery, do not try to fight back!”

The Bahamas – The closest neighbours of the US, the Bahamas send plenty of tourists over to the country every year. Its foreign office has cautioned its citizens, who are predominantly black,  “…of the recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers.” Those traveling from The Bahamas to the United States are warned to be on good behaviour, and not to get involved in political protests.

“We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the US but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally,” the Foreign Ministry writes. “In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate.”

UAE: The Middle East is cautious about the rising gun crimes in the US too. Earlier this month, the U.A.E. Embassy to Washington issued a “special alert” to travelers coming to the United States, as well as those already in the country. The alert warned travelers to avoid attending “ongoing or planned demonstrations and protests in cities around the United States,” as well as to be aware in large crowds and tourist destinations.

Reports say that Emiratis were allegedly cautioned against wearing tradtitional clothing after a tourist was arrested in Avon, Ohio in an incident. Although the medical tourist was released and treated for a medical condition, the U.A.E. Embassy to Washington denounced the event, calling it unwarranted.


New Zealand – Even though the Oz does not send as many travellers to the US, it appears to feel it’s safer to err on the side of caution. ravelers from New Zealand are warned to exercise caution when traveling to the United States. In particular, visitors are warned to stay alert in high-traffic areas, including malls, marketplaces, tourist destinations, public events, and public transportation systems. In addition, visitors are warned to stay away from protests and demonstrations, as violence is apt to break out at any moment.