State Department slaps 5 Mexican states with 'do not travel' advisory

The U.S. Department of State launched a color-coded map for Americans to be able to see travel warnings at a glance

The U.S. Department of State launched a color-coded map for Americans to be able to see travel warnings at a glance. U.S. Department of State

It stated that Level One, the lowest advisory level, informed U.S. travellers to "exercise normal precaution", Level Two is "exercise increased caution", Level Three is "reconsider travel", and Level Four is "do not travel".

The US govt. said that the new travel advisory has been issued in order to provide citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide.

Countries have been issuing travel advisories for its citizens time and again, considering the present global scenario. "The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the city of Srinagar and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway". India is placed in the second category which advises United States citizens to "exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism".

Do Not Travel (red): This level is given to areas where there is the "greater likelihood of life-threatening risks".

This category includes countries like Iran, North Korea, Iraq and Syria.

Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas have all been classified as a level-four risk, the highest in the scale.

The advisory, posted on the US State Department's website, said violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, homicide and sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts and Jamaican police "lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents".

"So we've done away with travel warnings and alerts, we've done away with emergency and security messages because, again, that was something people didn't always understand the difference [between], and we have gone to a travel advisory [system] for every country-including Antarctica".

Northeastern states also find a specific mention in the advisory.

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").

The five Mexican states on the list are all now ranked at 4.

Officials insisted the change was to make advice clearer to U.S. citizens that plan to travel.

We will review and update each Travel Advisory as needed, based on changes to security and safety information.

The advisory further goes on adding USA employees are mandated to take special authorization from U.S. consulate general offices before traveling to states with Naxalite activity or the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur, reported India Today. Most of Europe is rated a two, including France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, the U.K., Belgium, and Spain.

Cuba, for instance, is listed as a level 3 country.

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