The State Department issues ‘global travel warnings’, and LGBTQI risks

The Department of State issued a “global” travel alert on May 17, urging travelers to remain alert while traveling, especially those from LGBTQI+ communities.

There is an increase in the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent acts against U.S. citizens, part of the advisory said. Adding the increased potential for foreign terrorist organizations to incite violence against LGBTQI+ individuals and events is a concern and all citizens traveling abroad should do so. exercise extra caution.

Travelers should remain alert at locations that are tourist hotspots for Pride events and at locations often visited by LGBTQI+ people, the advice said.

Summer travel advisories are active in parts of the Bahamas and Jamaica, according to the U.S. Embassy website. Both travel advisories have been active since the beginning of this year due to an increase in violent crime and murder rates. The travel advisory for the Bahamas is at Level 2, stating “exercise increased caution,” and the advisory for Jamaica is stricter at Level 3, advising travelers to “reconsider travel.”

Both advisories urge Americans to take precautions when traveling to these areas, such as not opening the door while staying at a hotel unless they are sure who is on the other side of the door and do not feel physically resisting an attempted robbery. For safety reasons, the advisors recommend that travelers enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive information and alerts and make it easier to locate an enrolled traveler in the event of an emergency, anywhere and in the abroad.

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