Japan Joins Crime-Riddled, Violent Venezuela and Uruguay in Warning its Citizens About Travelling to U.S. in Wake of Weekend’s Mass Shootings; U.S. Previously Warned Citizens About Traveling to Venezuela, Uruguay ‘Due to Crime’

  • Several nations have warned its citizens about traveling to the U.S. in the wake of two deadly mass shootings over the weekend that have left at least 31 people dead and dozens injured.
  • Uruguay and Venezuela previously issued travel warnings to its people and Japan is the latest nation to issue a warning.
  • Japan’s foreign ministry warned about traveling to the states due to the “potential for gunfire incidents.”
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a statement: “Japanese residents should be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States, a gun society, and continue to pay close attention to safety measures.”
  • On Monday, Uruguay’s foreign ministry issued a statement warning that its traveling citizens should “take precautions against growing indiscriminate violence, mostly for hate crimes, including racism and discrimination.”
  • The country “cautioned travelers to avoid places with large gatherings of people and cited the impossibility of the authorities to prevent these situations, due among other factors, to the indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population.”
  • Venezuela implored its citizens to either postpone traveling to the U.S. or be extra vigilant “given the proliferation of acts of violence and crimes of indiscriminate hatred.”
  • Venezuela also talked about “increasing acts of violence have found an echo and support in the conversations and actions impregnated by racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations, pronounced and executed by the supremacist elite who holds political power in Washington.”
  • The State Department routinely warns U.S. citizens about traveling overseas, and in the past have issued warnings about traveling to both Venezuela and Uruguay.
  • On April 9, the U.S. issued an advisory: “Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, kidnapping, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.”
  • On August 2, the State Department issued a warning about Uruguay: “Exercise increased caution in Uruguay due to crime.”

Reference Links

  • NPR: After Mass Shootings, Other Nations Issue Caution About ‘Gun Society’ In U.S. READ
  • USA TODAY: Venezuela, Uruguay, Japan warn citizens about traveling to the US because of mass shootings READ
  • TIME: Uruguay and Venezuela Issue Warnings About Travel to the U.S. After Mass Shootings READ
  • Quartz: Mass shootings in the US are prompting some countries to issue travel warnings READ

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