State Department Unveils New Travel Advisory System
State Department Unveils New Travel Advisory System

The Department of State has issued new type of safety and security information worldwide for the U.S. citizens.

Under the new system, every country will have a Travel Advisory, providing levels of advice ranging from 1 to 4:

“Level 1 – Exercise normal precautions: This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk.

Level 2 – Exercise increased caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.

Level 3 – Reconsider travel: Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security.

Level 4 – Do not travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance”.

Georgia was categorized at the first level- the most secure category, which is described as “the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk”.

“Exercise normal precautions in Georgia. Some areas have increased risk. Do not travel to: The Russian-occupied regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia due to civil unrest, crime, and landmines” – Department of State says.

Other countries at the first level are: Scandinavian countries, Austria, Switzerland, EU Eastern European countries, Canada and almost all former Soviet republics, except Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan.

The second level includes countries of heightened risks to safety and security, including West European countries such as Germany and Great Britain due to increased risks of terror acts. Ukraine was put in this level due to crime level and unrest.

US department recommends its citizens to avoid travel to the countries categorized at Level 3 due to serious risks to safety and security. Such countries include Russia as well. The State Department categorically warns citizens not to travel to Chechnya and occupied Crimea region. The third category also includes part of Latin American countries, Cuba, Venezuela.

 

Level 4 is described as “the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks”. This category includes the following countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, North Korea and others.

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