Category Archives: Alerts and Warnings

In Some Countries Pokémon Go Can Get you Arrested, Injured or Killed

Catching Pikachu in some countries can be dangerous


Is there ANYONE who hasn’t heard of Pokémon Go? It is everywhere in the US and around the world.  And that creates some interesting problems for travelers to other countries.

We have all heard about the stories of Pokémon Go players in the US being in car crashes , falling off cliffs, trespassing on the grounds of a nuclear power plant, and even trying to play the game at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.

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Update to Evacuation of US Citizens from Southern Sudan

Send in the troops


Earlier today I wrote about the evacuation of US citizens from Juba, South Sudan. The US Embassy arranged for two charter flights for US citizens to depart Juba on July 14.

There are now reports that the US has deployed 47 troops to protect the US Embassy and assist in the evacuation of US citizens.    The troops are most likely from the US Marine Corps’ crisis-response force in Spain

There are no commercial flights in and out of Juba but charter flights continue to evacuate aid workers and other foreign citizens.

Will the US chartered flight will be able to land tomorrow or will they need US military aircraft to evacuate the US citizens?

Let me mention that the US embassy is evacuating all ‘non-essential” personnel. This means that the ‘essential’ personnel will remain at the embassy.  That is why the troops have the mission to protect the embassy.*


Stay safe and travel far


* I was one of the ‘essential’ personal who remained in Suva, Fiji in 2000 during a coup when the US Embassy evacuated ‘non-essential’ personal, including my family.


Evacuation of US Citizens

Last one on board pull up the ladder


I’ve spoken before about when the situation is so bad the US Embassy assists US citizens to evacuate a country. Southern Sudan has become the most recent example.

Emergency message

Today, the US Embassy in Juba, Southern Sudan issued an emergency message to all US citizens about evacuation flights from Juba.

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Somewhere between “be careful” and “RUN AWAY!!”

What are State Department Travel Warnings and Alerts    

One of the missions of the Department of State is to advise US citizens about issues that might affect their safety when traveling abroad. They want US travelers to be able to make informed decisions about their travel. One way they do this is through a series of travel advisories.

What does a travel advisory mean?  Does it mean you should just change your plans to avoid a part of the country or is the message DO NOT TRAVEL THERE?

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