Reconsider travel: USA updates advisory for its citizens headed to Pakistan

13 January, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Nina Hammond
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Countries categorized under No. 4 advisories include Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The United States Administration of President Donald Trump has warned its citizens to exercise maximum caution while traveling to India due to a spurt in crime and terrorism.

"Terrorist or armed groups are active in East Central India, primarily in rural areas", the advisory said, referring to the armed Naxalites.

Cuba, which previous year came with the travel advisory to not travel there, is now listed as level 3.

"Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India". "The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the city of Srinagar and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway".

"Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to terrorism".

In the new rankings, India has been placed on Level 2 (exercise increased caution), while Pakistan has been ranked in Level 3 (reconsider travel).

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The State Department on Wednesday revamped its travel advisory warning system, installing a new ranking system aimed at making clear how safe or dangerous travel to a specific area may be.

China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Saudi Arabia are among the nations classified under Level Two of the advisory travel programme. The states mentioned include "eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal" as well as " rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and. the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha".

Cuba, for instance, is listed as a level 3 country. "Some areas have increased risk", the advisory said.

USA citizens are advised not to travel to the eastern DRC and Kasai provinces under the new system, which sometimes has separate, higher tier rankings for particular regions within a country.

Travel Advisories apply up to four standard levels of advice, give a description of the risks, and provide clear actionable steps US citizens should take, according to a statement issued by the US Embassy in Athens.

North Korea is also level four, with the additional restriction that U.S. law prohibits American travelers from using their passports there, effectively banning visits.

That was a message echoed by Bernier-Toth on Wednesday.



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