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Reconsider travel to Pakistan

Reconsider travel to Pakistan

For a time, in October, the State Department had warned USA citizens not to travel to Cuba because of mysterious health attacks suffered by several US diplomatic employees living in Havana.

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.

According to the report, the department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs categorised Level One as "exercise normal precaution" on U.S. travellers, Level Two is "exercise increase caution", Level Three is "reconsider travel", and Level Four is "do not travel".

Major European allies such as Britain, France and Germany are Level Two, "exercise increased caution".

Armenia has been included in Level 1, the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk.

The new ranking is likely to be a boost to country's tourism sector, which has in the past been affected by America's warning on its nationals against travel to Kenya.

A link to an entire breakdown of countries and Mexico by state can be found here.

As well as Slovakia, Australia, Canada, Austria and the Czech Republic are in this group.

Turkey warns its citizens against travelling in US
The U.S. past year temporarily suspended visa services to Turkish citizens following the arrest of a local Turkish employee of the U.S.

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.

In place of the previous system of alerts and advisories, the new ratings establish advisory levels (reminiscent of the now-defunct Homeland Security Advisory System) which correspond to escalating levels of insecurity.

USA citizens should, however, "reconsider travel to the Rwanda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border due to armed conflict", the advisory states.

Level 2 on the new advisory lists countries where Americans need to "exercise increased caution".

"Terrorists have targeted USA diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and evidence suggests they continue to do so", says the State Department.

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.

Level four means do not travel due to the greater likelihood of life-threatening risks.

Malaysia is now ranked among the safest nations in a new travel advisory issued by the United States. Countries categorized under No. 4 advisories include Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.


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