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Dangerous Places to Travel

Summer is the time when the most Americans travel abroad. Some visit family and friends; others simply sightsee. Our neighbors Mexico and Canada are by far the most popular. The U.K. is a distinct third, while Germany, Italy and France are fairly close together in occupying spots 4-6. In all, the government tracks visitors to the top 38.

Some travelers like to go to more exotic and far - flung destinations, very few of which make it onto that list.

There's another travel list kept by the government. That's the State Department one of countries carrying a travel warning, recommending that Americans " avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country."

The three dozen countries currently on that list qualify because, as the government puts it, "long-term, protracted conditions ... make a country dangerous or unstable" or the U.S. government's "ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate."

There's a similar list, known as travel alerts, for short - term issues. That currently has three countries on it.

We thought it would be interesting to see if there was much, if any, over-lap between the the government list of most-visited countries and the two travel advisories.

Click ahead to see the seven countries that did, along with the State Dept.'s reason for inclusion. You'll also see the number of U.S. and total foreign visitors the countries receive each year and their global ranking in each category.

By Albert Bozzo
Posted 16 May 2011

Photo: Bertrand Langlois | Getty Images || Sources: U.S. State Dept | U.S. Commerce Dept | Nationmaster.com