State Department Revamps Travel Warnings

State Department Revamps Travel Warnings

The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory.

The department has launched improvements to provide U.S. citizens with clear, timely and reliable safety and security information worldwide.

"Because our personnel's safety is at risk, and we are unable to identify the source of the attacks, we believe USA citizens may also be at risk and warn them not to travel to Cuba", the travel warning noted. Countries designated level 3 and above will be reviewed every 6 months for safety assessments, and further reviews will be carried out based on current events.

India is in level two where U.S. citizens are required to "exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism".

"We often got questions from people saying, 'I read your travel warning, but what does that mean, what am I supposed to do?'" Bernier-Toth said during a State Department call early Wednesday.

The State Department insists the rankings are based exclusively on security conditions in a country, but is aware of the possibility for pushback from governments that are unhappy with their ranking.

The new advisories supersede all previous travel warnings and alerts.

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The advisory said terrorist groups continued plotting possible attacks in Afghanistan... with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs....and local government facilities. The Department of State advises that US citizens either not travel to the country or leave as soon as it is safe to do so.

Level 1 countries are where travellers need to "exercise normal precaution".

The US has been ranked as the top source of tourists to Kenya.

None of levels prohibits travel.

The new advisory has come days after the United States chose to cut down $225 million military aid to the country.

"Over the years, we've come to recognize that sometimes our various documents were not readily understood", Michelle Bernier-Toth, Bureau of Consular Affairs Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary For Overseas Citizens Services, told reporters via teleconference. Bernier-Toth told reporters it was not listed as a Level Four, even though most USA diplomats have been ordered to leave the country over concerns they were targeted for attacks, because it still has not been determined what caused embassy personnel to suffer hearing and brain injuries.

According to the tour operator, most Americans love to travel to Agra, Jaipur, Kolkata and parts of Kerala whenever they visit India. North Korea is the lone exception due to the United States banning American travel there over the summer.

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