US Issues Travel Advisory For Its Citizens, India Marked Level 2, Pakistan At Level 3

| January 11 , 2018 , 14:30 IST

The United States has issued a new travel advisory for its citizens, ranking nations safety from Level 1 to Level 4, depending on how safe the nation is to be travelled to.

India has received a rank or Level 2, indicating 'exercise increased caution' while Pakistan has been ranked at Level 3, indicating 'reconsider travel'. The Level 4 has been indicated for nations such as Afghanistan, recommending 'do not travel'.

"These improvements will provide US citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide," the State Department said while releasing the rankings. Although the rankings for safety have been announced according to nation, the State Department specified that in some cases the levels of safety may differ in different areas of a nation.

The US State Department identified "crime and terrorism" in India, while ranking at Level 2, advising Americans to exercise increased caution while visiting India. It specifically advised Americans not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir, except for eastern Ladakh and Leh, and not to venture within 10 miles of the India-Pakistan border due to the "potential for armed conflict".

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"Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations," the new India travel advisory said.

"Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities," it said.

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)..

"Over the past six months, there have been at least 40 significant terrorist attacks across Pakistan, resulting in over 225 deaths and 475 wounded, most of which occurred in Balochistan, KPK, and the FATA. In the past, there have been large-scale terrorist attacks resulting in hundreds of casualties," the State Department advisory said.