The US asks to reconsider trips to Ecuador due to violence

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The US State Department on Wednesday raised its alert level for travel to Ecuador and warned Americans to reconsider going to that country due to unrest and violence.

The United States announced that it has labeled Ecuador a level 3 travel alert, which means reconsidering going to the country, and said that people should not travel to areas such as Carchi, Sucumbíos, Guayaquil or the northern part of the Esmeraldas province.

“Crime is a widespread problem in Ecuador. Violent crime, such as murder, assaults, express kidnappings and armed robberies, are common,” the State Department warned in a statement.

Transnational criminal groups operate in Esmeraldas province and have carried out violent crimes that have killed local residents, the statement said. These groups have also planted bombs with the aim of killing members of the Ecuadorian police and military, the State Department said.

The ability of US officials to offer emergency services to US citizens in the border area with Colombia is limited, since they cannot travel to the provinces of Esmeraldas, Carchi or Sucumbíos without the permission of the embassy security office, he warned. USA.

The statement also said that protests and demonstrations are common in Ecuador and often lead to road closures without prior notice, which can significantly delay trips to the airport.

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