U.S. travel warnings clarified

13 January, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
  • U.S. travel warnings clarified

Citizens are advised to "exercise increased caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security".

"The Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India". Level four countries include Iraq, Iran, and Libya.

To check each country's level, you can visit a newly updated State Department Travel Advisory website.

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In the United Kingdom's latest travel advisory issued on January 5 about India, it said, "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah".

The U.S. State Department implemented a revamped version of its travel advisory system yesterday that rates every country's travel safety on a scale of one to four.

What were previously referred to as "warnings" and "alerts" are being re-classified as "advisories", accompanied by a color and number-based system with detailed descriptions on why an advisory has been issued.

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It is also suggested that USA citizens "reconsider travel to Nairobi neighbourhood of Eastleigh at all times and Old Town in Mombasa at night due to crime". The one exception is North Korea, where the State Department has prohibited citizens from using their US passports to visit without first obtaining a waiver.

Travelers headed to a level three country are advised to reconsider travel and avoid it due to serious risk and security. "Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities", it said. Afghanistan was placed in Level 4, "Do not travel" category for reasons that included terrorism, civil unrest and armed conflict. These include France and Belgium, where an ISIS cell conducted deadly attacks in 2015 and 2016, as well as Germany, where a truck plowed into a group of people at a Christmas market in December 2016. Meanwhile, No. 3 advisories suggest travelers reconsider trips to designated locations, while No. 4 recommends against travel.

None of levels prohibits travel. The new classifications are created to simplify travel advisory information so people can easily decide if a particular destination is safe enough to visit. "In the past, there have been large-scale terrorist attacks resulting in hundreds of casualties", reads the travel advisory.

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