Links to Canadian, UK and Australian government warnings are listed below. These are often a little more detailed and include more countries than the US warnings, so I'd advise all travelers to read them as well.
Elections often cause violence to erupt, both prior to election day (during rallies) and after the results come out. See IFES's election guide for upcoming elections in African countries.
Find out what to do if a Travel Advisory is issued after you have paid for your trip, or are already at your destination in Africa.
Current US Travel Warnings for Countries in AfricaTravel warnings are current despite some being issued months ago. While I update as often as possible, please check directly with the State Dept for the latest news.
- Tunisia issued March 2013. In response to attacks against its embassy following protests over an anti-Islamic film, the US warns its citizens not to travel to Tunisia. They are also encouraging US citizens in Tunisia, to leave the country.
- Egypt issued July, 2013. On July 3, 2013, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and family members from Egypt due to the ongoing political and social unrest. Political unrest, which intensified prior to the constitutional referendum in December 2012 and the anniversary in 2013 of Egypt's 25th January Revolution, is likely to worsen in the near future due to unrest focused on the first anniversary of the President’s assumption of office. Demonstrations have, on occasion, degenerated into violent clashes between police and protesters, and between protesters supporting different factions, resulting in deaths, injuries, and extensive property damage.
- Libya issued June, 2013. The United States warns U.S. citizens against travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens in Libya depart immediately.
- Kenya issued July, 2013. Political unrest has all but vanished, but the US State Department still retains a travel warning for visitors to Kenya in the light of the high incidence of violent crime and possible threat from terrorists. For the most up to date information see the US Embassy web site based in Nairobi. Travelers should avoid the Kenya/Somali border, pirate activity is no longer an issue, as cruise ships have now returned to Lamu and pirate activity has been curtailed enormously.
- Guinea issued March, 2013. The US department of State urges its citizens to be careful given the shaky political situation following the November elections in 2011. Avoid large crowds and spontaneous demonstrations.
- Chad issued June, 2013. Americans are advised to avoid all travel to the East of the country, avoid travel after dusk and always travel in groups.
- Burundi issued April, 2013. Americans are advised to take extreme care if traveling to Burundi because of the risk of sudden outbreaks of armed violence, acts of banditry, and cross-border incursion by rebel groups.
- Eritrea issued May, 2013. All foreign nationals need special permits to travel outside the capital Asmara. The US urges visitors not to go to Eritrea. Avoid the border areas between Eritrea and Ethiopia as well as the border with Djibouti.
- Somalia issued June, 2013. The travel warnings extends to all US citizens traveling to Somaliland as well as Somalia. Inter-clan and inter-factional fighting can flare up with little warning, and kidnapping, murder, and other threats to U.S. citizens and other foreigners can occur unpredictably in many regions.
- Central African Republic(CAR) issued in May, 2013. Americans are urged not to travel anywhere outside of the capital Bangui. The situation is volatile throughout the country.
- Cote D'Ivoire issued May 2013. While the unstable political situation following the contested November 28, 2010 presidential elections has improved, there is still chance for spontaneous unrest. Crimes, such as muggings, robbery, burglary, and carjacking, pose risks for foreign visitors in Abidjan and around the country.
- Nigeria issued June, 2013. This travel warning is mainly for the Niger Delta region of the country although the US considers the high level of crime throughout Nigeria reason enough to warn its citizens against travel there. Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and violence in Kano state among others are included in the warning.
- Algeria issued February, 2013. Terrorist attacks have increased again in Algeria and the US Government urges tourists to use reputable hotels and tour companies if they still choose to go.
- Sudan issued April, 2013. Many areas of Sudan are still extremely dangerous and all US citizens are strongly advised to defer any travel to the country, even the capital, Khartoum.
- Republic of South Sudan issued March, 2013. Africa's newest nation and the US State Dept. urges its citizens to avoid all travel to the states in the border region between Sudan and South Sudan.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo issued April, 2013. Random violence and lots of soldiers that still need to be de-mobilized, makes the Congo an unsafe country to visit. Recent violence in Eastern Congo makes this area entirely off-limits to all travelers. The crime rate in Kinshasa is extremely high.
- Mali issued July, 2013. Continued activity by the local Al-Qaeda linked group in the country means it's not a good idea to travel around Mali right now, particularly in the north of the country. French troops have gone into the country to oust some of the militant groups controlling the North.
- Mauritania issued May, 2013. Fears of terrorist attacks (by local Al Qaeda linked group) aimed at foreigners in several parts of the country.
- Niger issued July, 2013. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger and recommends against all travel to the north of the country. In particular, the border area between Mali and NIger
Travel Warning Lists from other Governments
- Travel Warnings for UK Citizens
- Travel Warnings for Canadian Citizens
- Travel Warnings for Australian Citizens
Travel AlertsTravel Alerts are issued for more short-term unrest in specific countries. Current travel alerts issued by the US State Dept. can be found here. Travel alerts had been issued for:
- Guinea -- The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Guinea to the upcoming legislative elections scheduled for September 24, 2013. This Travel Alert expires on October 24, 2013.