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10 Best Places to Visit in Syria

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Syria Tourist Attractions: 15 Top Places to Visit

Planning to visit Syria? Check out our Syria Travel Guide video and see top most Tourist Attractions in Syria.

Top Places to visit in Syria:
Umayyad Mosque, Site of Palmyra, Aleppo Citadel, Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, Saint Simon Citadel, Al Azem Palace, Mount Qasioun, Apamea, House of Saint Ananias, Dead City of Serjilla, Noria Water Wheels, Krak des Chevaliers, Sayyidah Ruqayya Mosque, Mausoleum of Saladin, Busra Coliseum

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Top 13 Middle East Travel Destinations

Top 13 Middle East Travel Destinations according to Lonely Planet

13. Luxor, Egypt
12. Beirut, Lebanon
11. Istanbul, Turkey

10. Palmyra, Syria
Palmyra is known as Tadmor to the Syrians. Both mean the same thing - date palm. The name comes from the lush oasis adjacent to the city which is home to some million date palms. It is the only oasis in Syria and perhaps the only truly tourist town. Palmyra sits on the standard tourist trek around Syria and should be considered in this light.

9. Jerash, Jordan
Jerash, a city in northern Jordan, is famous for its Roman ruins. The archaeological site is popular for tourists, second only to Petra.
Located some 48 km north of the capital Amman, Jerash is known for the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, also referred to as Antioch on the Golden River.

8. Baalbek, Lebanon
Baalbek is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Lebanon. Baalbeck or 'Heliopolis' as it was known is the site of great ancient temples built by the Phoenicians, the Romans, and other civilisations that have conquered the region and enjoyed the fertile soil of the Bekaa Valley. Some of the most celebrated temples are the ones of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, and Jupiter, the Roman god of light, of the sky and weather.

7. Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia is an area in Central Anatolia in Turkey best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. The Cappadocian Region located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, with its valley, canyon, hills and unusual rock formation created as a result of the eroding rains and winds of thousands of years.

6. Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum is a spectacularly scenic desert valley in southern Jordan. This area of Jordan is quite isolated and largely inhospitable to settled life. The only permanent inhabitants are several thousand Bedouin nomads and villagers. There is no real infrastructure, leaving the area quite unspoilt.

5. Cruising the Nile, Egypt
Perhaps the most popular activity in Luxor and Aswan is to do the Nile Cruise on a ship from Aswan to Luxor. It enables you to stop at each location along the Nile where you can see all the famous ancient monuments as well as experience being in the Nile River inside a five-star hotel boat.

4. Dome of the Rock, Israel
Dome of the Rock located in the middle of the sanctuary opposite of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is probably the most known landmark of Jerusalem with its golden dome and octagonal blue walls that are adorned with Arabic calligraphy of Koranic verses. The interior of both the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque are closed to non-Muslims, however, the plaza that they are situated in is open to the public.

3. Old City of Damascus, Syria
Established between 10,000 to 8,000BC, Damascus is credited with being the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The old-walled city, in particular, feels very ancient and largely consists of a maze of narrow alleys, punctuated by enigmatic doors that lead into pleasing, verdant courtyards and blank-faced houses.

2. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Giza is best known for the world-famous Pyramids of Giza, situated high on the desert plateau immediately to the west of the urban district. One of the premier attractions of Egypt, if not the world, the Pyramids of Giza represent the archetypal pyramid structures of ancient Egyptian civilisation and - together with the Sphinx at the base of the Giza plateau - are the iconic image of Egypt.

1. Petra, Jordan
Petra was the impressive capital of the Nabataean kingdom from around the 6th century BC. The kingdom was absorbed into the Roman Empire in AD 106 and the Romans continued to expand the city. An important center for trade and commerce, Petra continued to flourish until a catastrophic earthquake destroyed buildings and crippled vital water management systems around AD 663. After Saladin's conquest of the Middle East in 1189, Petra was abandoned and the memory of it was lost to the West.

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12 Most Sacred Places

12 sacred sites from around the world each one holy to their respective religion like the strange Rat Temple or Kiyomizu Shrine

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5. Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This is considered to be the most holiest site for christians and is constructed on the site of Jesus’ supposed tomb also in the city of Jerusalem. It was from this location where Christians believe Jesus was buried and then resurrected. The church has been a major site of pilgrimage since it was built in the fourth century. Despite being damaged by fires and earthquakes, it’s been repaired quite a few time and an extremely sacred place of worship. The pilgrims come also to see a holy relic called the stone of unction which is believed to be the spot where Jesus was prepared for burial. Inside, a shrine lays over the entrance to the cave where jesus was believed to be buried that you see in this photo..

4. Lourdes, France
Located on the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains in southwestern France, this city is home to many pilgrimages to people following the Catholic faith. In 1870, It’s here where a peasant girl by the name of Bernadette Soubirous allegedly saw the Virgin Mary at least 28 times. The Basilica Rosary is somewhat small but with impressive architecture and surprisingly does not contain the tomb of Bernadette On the 11th of February over 45,000 pilgrims visited this small city of about 15 thousand people and 6 million tourists from all over the world come here. The apparitions took place in a cave known as Massabielle and Bernadette was only 14 at the time. The Catholic Church acknowledged her visions as legitimate. The ones who do decide to make the journey here, hope to witness miracles and even be cured from illnesses or injuries.

3. Sahasralinga
This pilgrimage site is located about 10 miles from the Sirsi Taluk in the district of Uttara Kannada of the Karnataka state in India. Due to Shalmala river drying it up, it exposed thousands of these rocks carved in the language Sanskrit. Historians claim that these rocks were carved by orders of Sadashiva Raya who was the King of Sirsi during the end of the 17th century. These carvings were to honor the hindu god Shiva who is responsible of the creation, upkeep and will be responsible for the destruction of the world. The sheer quantity of the carvings is simply astounding and offer followers of the Hindu faith a place for their prayers.

2. Varanasi Along the Ganges
Considered to be the most holy site in the Hindu religion, Varanasi lies along the sacred Ganges River in India and is the spiritual capital of India. The river itself is considered to be a personified god Ganga Every morning, people wake up and wash their clothes in this river as well throw their dead relatives here as a sacred but not sanitary practice. Thousands of pilgrims each come here to attend religious ceremonies. Open cremations along banks of this river are a common occurrence that burn non stop and which is believed to grant people eternal salvation. The pollution has gotten out of control and has fecal matter content 3 times the safe level for bathing. Despite this, about 60 thousand people swim and even drink the water here each day, Hindus consider it to be a the most pure of all waters.

1.Kaaba, Mecca
15 million visitors partake in what’s known as one of the 5 pillars of Islam known as the Hajj, or sacred pilgrimage, making it by far the most holy and sacred place in the world. Islam requires each muslim to visit this city who is financially capable at least once in their life and is the largest pilgrimage in the world. This is considered to be the holiest place for muslims and The one point 6 billion followers of this religion face to the direction of Mecca Saudi, Arabia each day to pray. The population of the city can triple in size each year during the hajj. Camps are constructed to shelter the pilgrims. So what’s so special about this black cube? According to tradition it was built by the son of Abraham, Ismail built in year 2000 BC and contains a meteorite. It used to be a pagan house of worship until the prophet Muhammad arrived cleared out the icons they had been used it and made it into the house of god. The grand mosque can house hundreds of thousands of people.

Worst Travel Destinations in the World

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Tourists are often wary of traveling to certain destinations that maintain a reputation of being “unsafe”. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 worst travel destinations around the world based on these factors.

1. Port au Prince, Haiti
Since the 2010 earthquake, Port au Prince has been falling even further into decline. This city lacks basic healthcare and education systems and is stricken with severe poverty. Locals are purposefully kept far from tourists, making the experience hardly authentic for travelers who visit there.

2. Damascus, Syria
There has been a temporary suspension of commercial flights and closure of roadways. Some threats are very high in Damascus and the surrounding suburbs. While its a historically and culturally rich city, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises that Damascus is one of the worst travel destinations in the world right now.

3. Mogadishu, Somalia
Recently named by the US State Department as the most dangerous place on Earth, Mogadishu is not expected to be a popular tourist destination anytime soon. Mogadishu is not only the headquarters for non good people in the Horn of Africa, but new non licit organizations are forming everyday.

4. Pyongyang, North Korea
The only American who has been warmly welcomed into North Korea recently was basketball superstar, Dennis Rodman. Unless you look like him, don’t expect to be able to wander freely around the country. Tourists can only visit Pyongyang under the supervision of accredited tour guides, and the tours themselves are strictly regulated and restricted by the government.

5. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Considered one of the capitals of the world for bad people, vacationing in Ciudad Juarez is not recommended. This Mexican city has had lots of issues with the law. The big lords looking to maintain a stronghold of their supplies to the American market often threat innocent people to maintain their border city.

6. Bogotá, Colombia
Bogotá is not the best city at all. Some outlaw groups and other organizations continue to hold civilians, including foreigners, for ransom or as political bargaining chips. If you must travel to Bogotá, do so with extreme caution.

7. Dhaka, Bangladesh
The city’s nearby river is beautiful, but also severely polluted. Dhaka’s political system is highly wrong and proper healthcare and infrastructure systems are lacking in this capital city. Bangladesh does have the potential to be a tourist-worthy country, but government officials must improve humanitarian concerns and cleanliness standards in Dhaka before we would recommend it.

8. Skegness, England
Brits frequent this disappointing town hoping to spend some time at the beach, but traveling to Skegness has become a joke. The town, which appears to be stuck in the past, offers very few attractions for tourists to enjoy and is overpriced. This is one of the worst travel destinations.

9. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea’s capital city is known for its frequent lawlessness. All the bad issues take place daily. Port Moresby is replete with waste and pollution and offers few attractions for tourists.

10. Moscow, Russia
Moscow experiences extreme weather conditions during most months, making travel extremely unpleasant. Political problem levels are high in Russia’s capital city. Even the police are known to not precisely help tourists. We recommend visiting neighboring St. Petersburg instead.

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11 Things NOT to do in Dubai - MUST SEE BEFORE YOU GO!

Dubai probably has some of the craziest rules that I've ever experienced. Given that the UAE is an absolute monarchy, there are a surprising number of things that you can be arrested for. Here is a list of 11 things that you should NOT do, while in Dubai.

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Palestine Tourist Attractions: 15 Top Places to Visit

Planning to visit Palestine? Check out our Palestine Travel Guide video and see top most Tourist Attractions in Palestine.

Top Places to visit in Palestine:
Church of the Nativity, Dead Sea, Wadi Qelt, Mount of Temptation, Cave of the Patriarchs, Nabi Musa Mosque, Mount Gerizim, Great Mosque of Gaza, Emmaus Nicopolis Church, The Bethlehem Olive Wood Factory, Mar Saba Monastery, The Church of St. Catherine, Milk Grotto Church, Hisham's Palace, Star Street Bethlehem

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12 Things NOT To Do in Iraq

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Iraq is a lovely place.
So know these 12 Things NOT to Do, before you go!

1. Try Not to stand out
Rather than driving fast, surrounded by bodyguards try to blend in as much as possible. Women should dress in local fashion and men should grow out their facial hair.

2. Don't Step On Bread!
Bread is a highly treasured food in Iraq. If you happen across a fallen hunk in the street don't step on it or touch it with your feet!

3. Don't Visit the Borders.
Don't travel near the Syrian, Turkish, or Iranian borders. You may encounter large refugee flows.

4. Don't Bring Bad Luck.
When Iraqis buy a new appliance they will crack an egg over it to wash away any bad luck! Iraqis are very superstitious.

5. Don't Get Jumpy!
You often may see a group of Iraqis shouting and firing rifles. But it's just a traditional way of celebrating a wedding or event. Each tribe has a different song.

6. Don't Bring Bad Luck!
If an Iraqi buys a new car, he may sacrifice a rooster for good luck. If it's a new house he may sacrifice a lamb!

7. Don't Leave the Safe Zones.
Generally speaking, southern Iraq is safer than the Sunni Triangle, and a traveler must be particularly careful in Baghdad, where there are some highly dangerous neighborhoods.

8. DON'T BRING BAD LUCK!
Don't be surprised to find an old shoe hanging in a new house! Iraqis are VERY superstitious!

9. Don't Forget Shots!
The CDC recommends travelers get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines as you can get these diseases through contaminated food or water in Iraq.

10. Don't Compliment Children!
Don't tell an Iraqi how well-behaved or handsome their child is. They believe this could jinx them with The Evil Eye.

11. Don't Eat Around!
In many places you may find yourself eating from a communal dish. In this case only take the portion that's directly in front of you.

12. Don't Eat with Your Left Hand!
According to the Prophet Muhammad, you should only use your right hand. The left hand is reserved for other things...

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Iraq Tourist Attractions: 15 Top Places to Visit

Planning to visit Iraq? Check out our Iraq Travel Guide video and see top most Tourist Attractions in Iraq.

Top Places to visit in Iraq:
Ziggurat of Ur, National Museum of Iraq, Baghdadi Museum, Wadi-us-Salaam Cemetery, Al-Shaheed Monument, Baghdad Zoo, Great Mosque of Samarra, Imam Husayn Shrine, Imam Ali Mosque, Hatra Ruins, Kurdish Textile and Cultural Museum, Sami Abdul Rahman Park, Erbil Kurdistan, Mazi Plus Mall, Shanadar Park

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Most Visited Country Comparison (217 Nations/Territories tourism ranking)

In this video, we compare the tourist rankings of over 217 countries or their territories. Which is the most visited country in the world? Which is the most popular country in the world? Find out in this video!

Source: United Nation World Tourism Organization 2018 Report

Data is for 2017, unless otherwise indicated below:
* 2017 data not available, 2016 data used
** 2010 data used
' 2008 (Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Comission, Sydney)
'' 2007 (World Bank)
''' Estimate (NY Times, via AF DY Tourism Minister, 2013)
'''' 2000 (World Bank)
` 2008 (World Bank)
`` Estimate (NK News, 70,000 to 80,000 Chinese Tourists + 6,000 Westerners)
``` Kosovo Tourism Department
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Visualization note: The size of the box containing the flag, image and details of the country corresponds to the relative size of visitors in area. i.e. A big rectangle would have 4X more visitors than a small rectangle of half the length (or 1/4 area)

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The following countries are excluded due to the lack of data: Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Somalia, South Sudan

List of countries/territories in order of appearance:
Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Montserrat (UK), Turkmenistan, Niue (NZ), American Samoa (US), Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau, Solomon Islands, Comoros, São Tomé and Príncipe, Micronesia FSM, Mauritania, Libya, Djibouti, Centr. African Rep., Sierra Leone, Guinea, Tonga, Anguilla (UK), Chad, Timor-Leste, St. Vincent and Gren., San Marino, Liechtenstein, Dominica, North Korea, Kosovo (NON UN), Vanuatu, St. Kitts and Nevis, New Caledonia (France), Palau, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Rep. Moldova, Samoa, Grenada, Niger, Tajikistan, Cook Islands (NZ), Gambia, Papua New Guinea, Burundi, French Guiana (France), Mali, French Polynesia (France), Kuwait, Congo Rep., Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Bhutan, Haiti, Madagascar, Brunei, Benin, Gabon, Bermuda (UK), Suriname, Bangladesh, British Virgin Islands (UK), Seychelles, Dem. Rep. Congo, Monaco, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Angola, Curaçao (Netherlands), St. Maarten (Netherlands), Lesotho, Turks and Caicos (UK), Cayman Islands (UK), Belize, Mongolia, Togo, Palestine, Réunion (France), Martinique (France), Cameroon, Venezuela, FYR Macedonia, Guadeloupe (France), Northern Mariana Islands (US), Barbados, United States Virgin Islands (US), Cabo Verde, Sudan, Fiji, Malawi, Ethiopia, Senegal, Pakistan, Eswatini, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, Rwanda, Honduras, Nepal, Zambia, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Luxembourg, Aruba (Netherlands), Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritius, Kenya, Maldives, Namibia, Bahamas, Armenia, Serbia, Iraq, Paraguay, Guam (US), El Salvador, Ecuador, Mozambique, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Côte d'Ivoire, Panama, Lebanon, Montenegro, Nigeria, Latvia, Botswana, Belarus, Sri Lanka, Iceland, Qatar, Malta, Oman, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Andorra, Finland, Estonia, Laos, Myanmar, Georgia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Israel, Cyprus, Uruguay, Puerto Rico (US), Jordan, Vatican City, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Bahrain, Albania, Iran, Slovakia, Cambodia, Dominican Rep., Norway, Chile, Brazil, Philippines, Argentina, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Belgium, Syria, Australia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Ireland, Taiwan (Non UN), Denmark, Switzerland, Morocco, Czech Republic, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Ukraine, India, Croatia, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Macao (China), Netherlands, Poland, Canada, Portugal, Russian Federation, Malaysia, Greece, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Austria, Thailand, Germany, Turkey, United Kingdom, Mexico, Italy, China, USA, Spain, France.

Syria Travel Warning

Syria Travel Warning March 22, 2017 — Video Update March 24, 2017. The US State Department urges Americans to leave the country due to growing instability and violence.

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Yemen Tourist Attractions: 10 Top Places to Visit

Planning to visit Yemen? Check out our Yemen Travel Guide video and see top most Tourist Attractions in Yemen.

Top Places to visit in Yemen:
Socotra, Sana'a, Aden, Shibam, Al Mukalla, Ma'rib, Al Hudaydah, Ibb, Taiz, Seiyun

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Ethiopia Tourist Attractions: 11 Top Places to Visit

Planning to visit Ethiopia? Check out our Ethiopia Travel Guide video and see top most Tourist Attractions in Ethiopia.

Top Places to visit in Ethiopia:
Lake Tana, Simien Mountains National Park, Blue Nile Falls, National Museum of Ethiopia, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Awash National Park, Mago National Park, Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, Ras Dashen Mountain, Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela, Great Ethiopian Run

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"IRAQ" Top 50 Tourist Places | Iraq Tourism

Iraq (Things to do - Places to Visit) - IRAQ Top Tourist Places
Country in the Middle East
Iraq, officially known as the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest and Syria to the west. The capital, and largest city, is Baghdad.

Iraq has a coastline measuring 58 km (36 miles) on the northern Persian Gulf and encompasses the Mesopotamian Alluvial Plain, the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range and the eastern part of the Syrian Desert

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Top 10 Most Difficult Countries To Get Visa

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World's Top 10 Most Difficult Countries To Get Visa

1. Sudan
2. U.S.A.
3. Sao Tome and Principe
4. Saudi Arabia
5. Syria
6. Iran
7. Democratic Republic of Congo
8. Angola
9. Russia
10. North Korea

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NOTE: This list based on some kinds of problems faced by Citizens of different countries like, slow visa process, expensive visa process, security issues, medical issues, and enemy countries.

10 Things NOT To Do in Lebanon

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For a nation on the border of Syria and Israel, you might expect some possibility of danger when visiting Lebanon. You'd be right. If you want to maximize your chances of having a pleasant vacation, here are some things not to do on a Lebanese holiday.

1. Don’t Be Afraid!
The people in Lebanon are perfectly friendly and the country is filled with gorgeous landmarks and fascinating history. Just relax and enjoy yourselves.

2. Make Sure to Dress Appropriately
Lebanon is a pretty conservative Arab country. Men and women are expected to avoid wearing anything more revealing than short-sleeves and shorts. Make sure your clothing is loose-fitting; women should consider covering their heads as well.

3. Don’t Just Stay in Beirut
Lebanon has some really gorgeous locations outside its most popular tourist spot. The people are generally hospitable and warm, and you can’t really say you’ve experienced true Lebanese culture until you’ve experienced something beyond Beirut.

4. Don’t Get Into a Taxi Without Agreeing on a Price
Some tourists have complained that they were “taken” by cab drivers when they couldn’t agree on a final price. Avoid this by telling the cabbie where you’re going and agreeing on a price before you get in the car.

5. Don’t Forget that ‘Traveler’s Diarrhea’ Is a Real Thing
If you’ve never traveled to a developing nation, you should be aware that your first-world immune system might take a small hit … like, right when you land. Sometimes the jolt to your bowels hits quickly but it’ll pass quickly, don’t worry.

6. Don’t Take Pics of the M*litary
You can look at their installations, but your best bet is to simply keep your eyes on the beautiful scenery, not on the men trying to defend it.

7. Stay Away from Dahiyeh
The world famous suburb in southern Beirut has attracted lots of attention. Don’t go see it for yourself. The residents of Dahiyeh are just suburbanites who don’t appreciate being gawked at by some leering tourist.

8. Don’t Skip the Street Food
Lebanon is known for its scrumptious street food. There are several excellent meals served on a street corner, so if you’re just sticking to the glitzy restaurants, then you’re missing out on an integral part of Lebanese culture.

9. Don’t Take Pictures of the Locals Without Permission
There’s not some old world spooky superstition attached to this one, it’s just rude. How would you feel if you were walking down the street and a group of people wearing traditional Arab garb started taking pictures of you?

10. The State Department’s Opinion
Earlier in the year, the Department of State issued a clear warning to avoid travel to Lebanon thanks to p*litical upheaval, sk*rmishes and other threats. In fact, the State Department has said that it cannot guarantee its ability to transport US citizens out of the country should the situation worsen.

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