Exercise Increased Caution While Travelling To India

Casey Dawson
January 12, 2018

The new classifications range from Level 1 ("Exercise normal precautions") for countries such as Canada and Argentina, to Level 4 ("Do not travel"), the highest restriction reserved for active war zones such as Syria and authoritarian countries such as North Korea.

Excluding Indonesia and the Philippines, other Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, were listed 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.

India has been ranked Level 2, i.e. the U.S. citizens are advised to "exercise increased caution" when they travel to India. They have the highest advisory level due to the greater likelihood of life-threatening risks.

In the new travel advisory issued Wednesday, India has been ranked Level 2 (exercise increased caution), while countries like Afghanistan have been placed under Level 4, which recommends "Do Not Travel".

Los Angeles Times reports that the advisory is the proof of the surging violence in Mexico, which has claimed almost 22,409 lives in 2017 - more than any year since 1997 when the government start releasing crime data.

"So we've done away with travel warnings and alerts, we've done away with emergency and security messages because, again, that was something people didn't always understand the difference [between], and we have gone to a travel advisory [system] for every country-including Antarctica".

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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.

USA travelers were also warned to avoid unnecessary trips to the Central American nation of Guatemala due to the high criminal violence, sexual assault, armed robbery and gang-related offenses. 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 State Department noted that there "are no US government restrictions" in tourist areas in both those states, including Ensenada, Rosarito, Tijuana, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and La Paz.

Regarding the ranking of Pakistan on Level 3, asking Americans to reconsider travelling to the nation, the State Department cited the presence of terrorism, specifically advising against travel to Balochistan province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The advisory said that Americans deciding to visit India must not travel alone, particularly if they were women.

Esponda said local officials and tourism operators are investing in increased security, including camera systems and the construction of a new marine base. Currently, countries like Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are listed here.

Venezuela and Russian Federation are examples of countries with level-3 ratings.

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