US Tells Citizens to 'Exercise Increased Caution' While Visiting India

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2018

This stems from the recent update of how the US Department of State shares information with US travellers on January 10th.

The United States Department of State issued a new system this week to inform citizens on the safety and security of countries worldwide.

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".

Level four means do not travel due to the greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. Armenia's neighbor Georgia has also been ranked in the same category, while Azerbaijan has been included in Level 2, where the State Department recommends toexercise increased caution.

Azerbaijan has been included in the list of countries where the USA citizens are recommended to exercise increased caution due to the increased risk of terrorism.

The threat level in a country is determined through a collaborative process that involves security experts, the intelligence community, host governments, our embassies and consulates.

The advisory asked women to not travel alone and pointed out that violent crime, such as sexual assault, had taken place at tourist sites.

The US Department of State today announced a new system for issuing travel advisories to Americans.

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Ms Michelle Bernier-Toth, acting deputy assistant secretary for overseas citizen services, said the changes were made as there was a need to make the information more accessible to people and more easily understood using plain language.

For instance, India is ranked Level 2 (exercise increased caution) and Pakistan has been given Level 3 (reconsider travel).

It is also suggested that USA citizens "reconsider travel to Nairobi neighbourhood of Eastleigh at all times and Old Town in Mombasa at night due to crime". United States has been ranked as the highest source of tourists to Kenya.

"We needed to make it more accessible to people". Cuba, once a do not travel, is now Level 3; China is a Level 2.

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

In the past, governments of countries where the State Department has issued travel warnings have complained vociferously, usually out of concerns about their tourism industry. They also advised against travel to Manipur.

North Korea is also Level Four, with the additional restriction that USA law prohibits American travelers from using their passports there, effectively banning visits.

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