US Department of State Lists Georgia Among Safest Countries for Travel

Jan 13, 2018, 01:53
US Department of State Lists Georgia Among Safest Countries for Travel

In India, travellers need to take "increased caution due to crime and terrorism", the advisory reads.

"We gave our embassies authority to provide their host governments with an advance of the final travel advisory for their country if they thought that was important to the host government", said Bernier-Toth on a conference call with reporters Wednesday, adding that "by and large, I think there have been no surprises". Level four countries include Iraq, Iran, and Libya.

The advisory has been issued by the United States State Department, which asked the citizens to avoid going to Jammu and Kashmir except for the Buddhist-dominated region of Ladakh.

In the United Kingdom's latest travel advisory issued on January 5 about India, it said, "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah".

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The State Department Wednesday launched improvements on sharing information with U.S. travellers to provide clear, timely and reliable safety and security information. Under that system, the department would issue either a "travel alert" or a "travel warning" when it deemed prudent, which generally included a briefing as to the reason.

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

In the new rankings, India has been placed on Level 2 (exercise increased caution), while Pakistan has been ranked in Level 3 (reconsider travel). "Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities", the State Department said in its new India travel advisory. Many countries in Western Europe, where there have been terrorist attacks in recent years, are listed as level 2.

It also advised its countrymen to not travel to Balochistan province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Federally Administered Tribal Areas among others.

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But Cuba is ranked only Level Three, "reconsider travel".

T - Terrorism: Terrorist attacks have occurred and/or specific threats against civilians, groups, or other targets may exist.

The travel advisory comes on the heels of suspension of aid to Pakistan as outlined by President Trump in his first tweet of 2018, alleging that Pakistan responded with deceit and lies against the $33b provided to it, a claim Pakistan rejects both in terms of statistics and observation.

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