Americans warned to 'exercise increased caution' when travelling to Jamaica

Posted January 12, 2018

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

The United States has put India under "Level 2" category on it's travel advisory scale. The information is officially for US government employee travel guidance but also serves as a globetrotter's crash course of ongoing risks around the world.

Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.

Additionally, several Mexican states were rated Tier 3, meaning Americans should "reconsider travel" to the areas.

Ten war zones and failed states are ranked level four, "Do Not Travel": Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It urges travelers to stay away from the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas (all level 4).

"Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery, is widespread", the updated advisory said. "Incidents of violence by ethnic insurgent groups, including bombings of buses, trains, rail lines, and markets, occur occasionally in the northeast", the India travel advisory reads. While we will issue an overall Travel Advisory level for every country, levels of advice may vary for specific locations or areas within a country.

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"Do not travel due to crime", it states.

Regarding the ranking of Pakistan on Level 3, asking Americans to reconsider travelling to the nation, the State Department cited the presence of terrorism, specifically advising against travel to Balochistan province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

A statement from the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico (Sectur) reported that 80 percent of the more popular foreign tourist destinations such as Cancun, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayari and Mexico City were not included in the travel advisory. The U.S. Government has special instructions for anyone who must travel to areas with this designation.

US government employees face travel bans in some areas of Mexico, however there are no government restrictions in the tourist areas of Ensenada, Rosarito, and Tijuana, according to the State Department. Most of Europe is rated a two, including France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, the U.K., Belgium, and Spain.

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Venezuela and Russian Federation are examples of countries with level-3 ratings.

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