State Department updates travel advisories so they're understandable

State Department updates travel advisories so they're understandable

The United States on Wednesday tightened its noose around Pakistan by issuing a new travel advisory for its citizens to "reconsider travel" to the country, placing it at Level 3 of its four point safety ranking system.

Under the new system, every country has a Travel Advisory, providing levels of advice ranging from 1 to 4.

Besides Malaysia, Canada and Australia, other countries in the same category include Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, Kazakhstan, and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Russia and Turkey are at Level 3.

The UK, France and China were included in Level 2 - Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.

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.

Singapore has been classified as a Level One country under the new U.S. travel warning system.

The advisory said terrorist groups continued plotting possible attacks in Afghanistan... with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs....and local government facilities.

Travellers should not visit countries in Level 4, mainly Middle East and African nations, due to the greater likelihood of life-threatening risks, according to the US Department of State.

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Explaining the new USA system, State Department official Michelle Bernier-Toth said that "over the years, we've come to recognize that sometimes our various documents were not readily understood".

"US citizens who travel overseas should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations, " the advisory said.

Rwanda is the only East African country given a level-one rating, under which U.S. citizens are advised to "exercise normal precautions".

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.

According to Michelle Bernier-Toth, Bureau of Consular Affairs acting deputy assistant secretary for overseas citizens services at the state department, the change came about about because travelers found the previous system hard to understand.

"We needed to make it more accessible to people".

But as a rough guide, America's per capita murder rate of 4.88 per 100,000 people puts it between Cuba at 4.72 ("reconsider travel") and Somalia at 5.56 ("do not travel").

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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