USA issues 'exercise increased caution' advisory for its citizens travelling to India

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USA issues 'exercise increased caution' advisory for its citizens travelling to India

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

The United States Department of State on Wednesday launched a new system to "share information with USA travellers".

Reconsider Travel (orange): This advisory level designates areas where there are significant safety and security risk.

"It's significant that the five tourist destinations that account for 80% of foreign tourist travel to Mexico (Cancún, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit and Mexico City) were not classified with restrictions for global travelers by the State Department", the statement said.

For India, the travel advisory asked travelers to exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism with some areas have increased risk.

Level 2 lists countries which have a marginally higher risk to travelers, and includes Great Britain, Germany and France.

The advisory informs American citizens that the United States government has limited ability to provide emergency services to them in Pakistan due to the security environment.

There are other conflict-affected nations that are under Level 4 such as Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, North Korea among others.

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Los Angeles Times reports that the advisory is the proof of the surging violence in Mexico, which has claimed almost 22,409 lives in 2017 - more than any year since 1997 when the government start releasing crime data.

Now every country has a travel advisory based on this system, replacing all previous travel advisories. This could also solve some confusion travelers often had about the meaning of a travel warning or alert versus an advisory.

The state department is concerned about violent crime in all of the five states but also warns of specific dangers in each one of them.

This is an improvement for Quintana Roo, as the State Department last summer issued a travel warning for the state due to "turf battles between criminal groups that have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by USA citizens".

However, at least two Mexican resorts - Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Acapulco - are in a do-not-travel state, Guerrero, and past year, the State Department extended a total ban on personal travel by USA government personnel there. The new classifications are created to simplify travel advisory information so people can easily decide if a particular destination is safe enough to visit. Turkey, Russia and Venezuela are considered level 3.

"US citizens who travel overseas should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations", the advisory said. US citizens also can not travel to North Korea with just a USA passport.

USA government employees are prohibited from traveling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur without special authorization from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata.

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