On January 10, 2018, the Department of State launched improvements to how we share information with USA travelers.
The U.S. State Department implemented a revamped version of its travel advisory system yesterday that rates every country's travel safety on a scale of one to four. The US State Department has launched its new travel advisory system, providing levels of advice for different countries, ranging from 1 to 4.
Level One is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk in a four-point safety ranking system for countries.
The US regularly updates its threat advisory which puts countries around the world in one of four categories based on threat perception and how swiftly aid can be provided to American citizens. Level three countries include Russian Federation, due to civil unrest in certain areas, and Venezuela, due to crime and a limited ability of the USA to provide assistance to citizens.
For India, the travel advisory asked travelers to exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism with some areas have increased risk.
The United States itself is not rated in the new system.
"We reduced staffing in Havana, and every time we do that we release a travel warning, which is reflected in our current Level 3 for Cuba", she said. Conditions in any country may change at any time. At this level, the US government may have "very limited ability to provide assistance" to travelers.
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But India-held Kashmir - except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh - is categorised as a "do not travel" area "due to terrorism and civil unrest" as are the areas within 10km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict.
"Greece at the best level of the State Department's new Travel Advisory Program", US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt remarked on Twitter.
Northeastern states also find a specific mention in the advisory. They have the highest advisory level due to the greater likelihood of life-threatening risks.
USA citizens are not banned from traveling to level 4 countries.
The new advisory has come days after the United States chose to cut down $225 million military aid to the country.
Meanwhile, alerts, such as hurricane warnings, demonstration alerts and other considerations, will continue to be released from the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.