U.S. urges increased caution for travel to India due to crime, terrorism

U.S. urges increased caution for travel to India due to crime, terrorism

U.S. urges increased caution for travel to India due to crime, terrorism

The State Department recommends travellers to be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.

To check each country's level, you can visit a newly updated State Department Travel Advisory website.

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.

The advisory asked women to not travel alone and pointed out that violent crime, such as sexual assault, had taken place at tourist sites.

Malaysia has been ranked among countries with the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk under the United States' newly-improved travel advisory programme. Under that system, the department would issue either a "travel alert" or a "travel warning" when it deemed prudent, which generally included a briefing as to the reason.

The Department's newly-redesigned hub for traveler information, travel.state.gov, will host all Travel Advisories, recent Alerts issued for each country, and an interactive map in mobile-friendly formats. The one exception is North Korea, where the State Department has prohibited citizens from using their USA passports to visit without first obtaining a waiver.

Somalia and South Sudan are among 11 countries worldwide placed in the level-four category which is headed "Do Not Travel".

U.S. citizens are simply advised to exercise increased caution in Uganda due to crime.

It continued that the Americans should also avoid travelling to the Azad Kashmir area as "Indian and Pakistani military forces periodically exchange gun and artillery fire across the LoC".

Perennial US adversary Russian Federation was listed as a Tier 3 country, due to the risk of "terrorism and harassment".

It advises Americans not to travel to travel to Balochistan province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) due to terrorism. "In the past, there have been large-scale terrorist attacks resulting in hundreds of casualties", the State Department advisory said. The new classifications are created to simplify travel advisory information so people can easily decide if a particular destination is safe enough to visit.

Burundi is designated a level-three destination.

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