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US Travel Advisory Warns It's Citizens Of Indian Terror and Crime

US Travel Advisory Warns It's Citizens Of Indian Terror and Crime

Level 4 is for do-not-travel countries, those with a "greater likelihood of life-threatening risks" in which the USA government may be limited in its ability to help.

To improve ease of understanding the method of classifying risky countries was revamped in January 2018.

The UK, France and China were included in Level 2 - Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.

Level 2 in the new system means "Exercise Increased Caution".

Although the rankings for safety have been announced according to nation, the State Department specified that in some cases the levels of safety may differ in different areas of a nation. The U.S. Government has special instructions for anyone who must travel to areas with this designation.

The Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs replied in a statement that they respected the measures taken by various countries and clarified that these are only advisories, not travel bans.




But each warning is accompanied by a country page on the travel.state.gov website, explaining what specific threats have been identified and why the advice has been given. "Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations", the U.S. government's State Department (the American equivalent of the Ministry of External Affairs) goes on to say in the travel advisory before asking women to avoid travelling alone in India.

The United States on Wednesday issued a new travel advisory for countries including India, which its officials said is an easy to understand rating system ranging from one to four.

Meanwhile, alerts, such as hurricane warnings, demonstration alerts and other considerations, will continue to be released from the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

Moreover, the program makes it easier to receive updates and notifications of changes in the safety and security at the registered locale. It urges travelers to stay away from the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas (all level 4). These locations are known for their drug cartel activity, including trafficking routes and drug-crop cultivation. Turkey, Russia and Venezuela are considered level 3.

Michelle Bernier-Toth, acting deputy assistant secretary for Overseas Citizens Services, told reporters that while the system has changed, the way that the USA assesses the threat level has not changed. The latter's is because of civil unrest in certain areas.

The new travel advisory system includes an interactive, color-coded map that shows which countries carry what level.


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