A Taiwanese fisherman was fatally shot by Filipino forces on May 9 in a dispute over fishing rights in the South China Sea. This led to the government of Taiwan issuing sanctions against the Philippines on May 15, including a high-level travel alert advising Taiwanese to not travel there.
Travelers considering visiting Tibet should be aware that, over the last several years, China has frequently (and sometimes abruptly) closed Tibet to foreign visitors during the month of March, resuming the issuing of travel permits in April.
As ITN went to press, the State Department had travel warnings on 34 destinations: Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Eritrea, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Israel/
Regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa, or DRC), the US Department of State strongly recommends avoiding all travel to the city of Goma and the province of North Kivu and all but essential travel to the province of South Kivu and the Ituri region in the province of Orienta
Rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park were able to conduct a survey of the mountain gorilla population in the park after negotiating with the armed groups and government troops.
The US Department of State reminds travelers of the risks of traveling to Burundi.
Because Burundi participates in peacekeeping operations in Somalia, the terrorist organization al-Shabaab, based in Somalia, has threatened to conduct terror attacks in Burundi.