Slovakia declared safe for United States tourists

Slovakia declared safe for United States tourists”

The new system includes an interactive world map, with countries colour-coded blank, yellow, orange or red, according to their rankings. But the advisories echo what the department tells its own workers about travel risks.

"I think people will find it easier to understand than the old travel warnings", she said.

Under the new system, every country will have its own Travel Advisory, providing levels of advice ranking from 1 to 4.

One country's advisory level that raised questions was Cuba, which now sits at Level 3.

Level 2 means that Americans need to exercise "increased caution".

Amid tough calls against Pakistan, the USA cited "terrorism" and "increased risk" as the prime reasons behind such move. Antarctica is also a Level Two.

The US State Department has warned Americans to exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism and to avoid going to Jammu and Kashmir except the Buddhist-dominated region of Ladakh.

"As we were putting all this together we did a very careful assessment", said Bernier-Toth, explaining the Tier 3 ranking, "we talked to all of our experts, and this is where we came out on Cuba".

"This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk", the State Department informed. Travelers already in those countries are advised to leave as soon as it is safe. Countries categorized under No. 4 advisories include Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The advisory informed it's citizens that rape was the fastest growing crime in India.

Officials insisted the change was to make advice clearer to USA citizens that plan to travel. This stems from the recent update of how the US Department of State shares information with US travellers on January 10th.

Cuba, which previous year came with the travel advisory to not travel there, is now listed as level 3.

Level 4 is for do-not-travel countries, those with a "greater likelihood of life-threatening risks" in which the US government may be limited in its ability to help.

In some countries, USA embassy personnel are restricted from visiting particular states or provinces where the risks are considered higher. Advisories are based on information from intelligence agencies, United States embassies and host countries' governments, she said.

Apart from these advisories, the State Department is unable to prohibit travel to any country other than North Korea, which requires a waiver on a case-by-case basis.

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