Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Exercise Increased Caution While Travelling To India

Exercise Increased Caution While Travelling To India

The system, announced last month, was created to simplify the information it provides to American travelers about security threats overseas.

U - Civil Unrest: Political, economic, religious, and/or ethnic instability exists and may cause violence, major disruptions, and/or safety risks.

Specific advisories give more detail on how the State Department arrived at each designation. Travelers to Level 1 countries are told to "Exercise Normal Precautions" while the Level 4 category means "Do Not Travel".

Individually, Mexican states that fell into Tier 2 included Baja California and Baja California Sur.

Nothing about how the safety and security situation in each country is evaluated has changed -- that's still done by the State Department in consultation with intelligence agencies, host governments and local US embassies.

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Pakistan has been put in the Level 3 rates states. Those states are: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Estado de Mexico, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sonora and Zacatecas.

"Terrorists have targeted USA diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and evidence suggests they continue to do so", says the State Department. North Korea is the exception to that rule, since the United States banned travel on American passports to that country over the summer. Conditions in any country may change at any time.

It said rape was one of the fastest growing crimes in India.

The office also mentioned that the US government was unable to provide any consular services to USA citizens from the Consulate General in Peshawar.

The advisory further states that travel by U.S. government personnel within Pakistan is restricted, and additional restrictions on movements by USA government personnel outside of USA diplomatic facilities may be put in place at any time, depending on local circumstances and security conditions.

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There were, however, some surprises in the new rankings. Country pages on the site will continue to include all travel information now available, including details about entry/exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, transportation, and other relevant topics.

In September, the agency stated in a travel warning that, "numerous U.S. Embassy Havana employees have been targeted in specific attacks", suffering "significant injuries as a effect of these attacks". Americans weighing travel overseas used to face a confusing array of warnings, updates and alerts when checking with the USA government about their destination of choice. The advisories will be updated every several months, Bernier-Toth said.

But some of the other country ratings may raise eyebrows - or worldwide anger - even if the State Department says it is only presenting existing advice in a new format.

Jalisco, which includes Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, is listed as "Level 3 - Reconsider Travel". An American UN monitor was found dead in the DRC's Central Kasai region previous year along with a Swedish counterpart.

North Korea is also level four, with the additional restriction that United States law prohibits American travelers from using their passports there, effectively banning visits.

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