State Dept. renews Serbia, Kosovo warnings

WASHINGTON -- The State Department renewed a travel warning for the Serbia and Kosovo regions of Serbia-Montenegro.

"The situation in Montenegro is generally more stable than in Serbia, particularly in the coastal regions and the capital, Podgorica," the department said.

However, travelers should be aware that the U.S. has no diplomatic presence in the country and should avoid travel in the north near the Serbian border, it said.

The department reissued consular information sheets on two countries, as follows:

  • Costa Rica. The "safety and security" section was updated to state that political demonstrations or strikes are typically nonviolent but can result in roadblocks and gasoline shortages.
  • Currents on both Caribbean and Pacific coasts are "swift and dangerous ... and there are no lifeguards," the department said.

    Hikers were advised to check with national park rangers to see if trails have been closed due to low numbers of visitors or reported robberies.

  • Brunei. Travelers were reminded that tourist facilities are "good," the airport arrival and/or departure tax is Brunei dollars 12, or about $7, and many narcotics offenses incur a mandatory death penalty.
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