Level Three and Level Four Countries

By Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - CommentaryWith five U.S. citizens having been brought back safely to America from Iran, U.S. President Joe Biden has warned Americans against going to Iran in the first place. U.S. citizens are warned that they should never attempt to go to Iran for any reason even to visit family or to attend the death of a loved one. Given how bad relations are between Iran and the United States this is reasonable. The U.S. Department of State has four levels when Americans travel abroad. Level one simply means practice normal precautions. Level two means practice increased caution if things get worse (crime, riots, martial law, etc.). Level three means reconsider travel to certain countries, and level four means to NOT go at all.

The countries in the level three and four categories are Afghanistan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Burma (Myanmar), Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Lebanon, Libya, Macau, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela and Yemen, In my view, any single country in these two levels are really not worth going to. Could any of these countries be safer than the levels they are listed at? Maybe, but the U.S. State Department’s list of countries in levels three and four are usually checked and re-checked for changes.

While I understand people who may have come from these countries, and have very strong attachments to these lands due to place of origin, family, and having grown up there, it may not be the wisest of decisions to return for whatever reason. I can understand how it hurts, but for those from the countries mentioned above there may be a reason not to go back. As for Americans not born and raised in these countries, I would choose better places to visit. This world is filled with very beautiful and much safer places to be, and may be worth the visit of a lifetime. There are many more countries that are either allied or friendly to the United States and Americans in general. It would be worth going to these places. One should see the beauty of this world, and not its ugliness.

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