Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2022. 10:47 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The United States Department of State has issued travel advisories for a number of countries, urging US citizens considering traveling to these places to either be extremely careful or reconsider their visit altogether and Belize was listed among them.
Belize was issued a Level 2 warning for travelers, along with Italy and France.
The State Department said that the advisory was issued due to, “increased crime, like armed robberies and sexual assault, especially in the south side of Belize City and other remote areas along the country’s borders. These crimes are mostly gang-related and even take place during daylight hours and in popular tourist areas.”
The Department also noted that local law enforcement lacks the necessary resources and training to address serious criminal threats and that most major crimes remain unsolved and unprosecuted.
Warnings were issued to tourists about being engaged by criminals at resorts and roads, with crimes ranging from as minor as pick-pocketing to extortion. San Pedro Town was singled out as an area that has an active credit card fraud ring, so tourists should be extra careful about credit card theft.
U.S. citizens planning to go on an international trip may want to take the time to check online as the State Department issued new Travel Advisories for Italy, France, Belize, and other countries on Tuesday.
There was a total, 81 new Travel Advisories posted, including four “Level 4” Travel Advisories for Russia, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, and Belarus. This level of advice warns Americans to “not travel” to these places because of “greater likelihood of life-threatening risks.” There were also 10 Level 3 Travel Advisories that urge travelers to “reconsider travel” due to “risks to safety and security.” Level 3 countries include El Salvador, the Cayman Islands, and Colombia.
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