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13 January 2018, 01:53 | Randall Craig
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"These improvements will provide USA citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide", the State Department said about the travel advisory system that is followed by multiple countries now.
According to the report, the department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs categorised Level One as "exercise normal precaution" on USA travellers, Level Two is "exercise increase caution", Level Three is "reconsider travel", and Level Four is "do not travel".
Amid straining ties with Pakistan, the United States on Wednesday updated its threat assessment for the country and cautioned its citizens headed here to "reconsider travel".
Georgia was listed as level 1, the category described as "the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk".
Several European countries that are popular with American tourists were put at the Tier 2 level due to risks related to terrorism. United States citizens are advised to avoid travel "due to serious risks to safety and security". "In the past, there have been large-scale terrorist attacks resulting in hundreds of casualties", the State Department advisory said. They will be posted to the State Department's website and sent to Americans enrolled in the "Smart Traveler" program.
Levels Three and Four we review every six months just as we did Travel Warnings.
Level 4 - Do Not Travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. It said that the US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to USA citizens in rural areas from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal as US government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these areas. Now every country has a travel advisory based on this system, which has replaced all the previous such advisories. Those risks are spelled out with icons - C for crime, T for terrorism, U for civil unrest, H for health issues, N for natural disasters, E for time-limited events such as elections or major sporting events, and O for other. Alerts will inform US citizens of specific safety and security concerns in a country, such as demonstrations, crime trends, and weather events. Countries categorized under No. 4 advisories include Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
North Korea is also Level Four, with the additional restriction that U.S. law prohibits American travellers from using their passports there, effectively banning visits.
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