United States advises citizens not to travel to Afghanistan

12 January, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • The State Department has a new travel advisory system for ranking countries’ safety levels

Level 4 includes countries like Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea and Syria, and tells people "do not travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks".

But dire travel warnings are notable for Mexico, the United States' neighbor and consistently top foreign destination for American travelers, as the country struggles to blunt rising violence linked to drug cartels and corrupt institutions.

Explaining the new U.S. system, State Department official Michelle Bernier-Toth said that "over the years, we've come to recognize that sometimes our various documents were not readily understood". But overall, Mexico earns a Level 2 classification - "Exercise increased caution", although the State Department advisory says that "violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread".

The United States also cautioned its citizens to "reconsider travel" to Pakistan.

"Because our personnel's safety is at risk, and we are unable to identify the source of the attacks, we believe USA citizens may also be at risk and warn them not to travel to Cuba", the travel warning noted. But an additional 11 Mexican states got a level 3 warning Wednesday, which urges people to "reconsider travel" there. In the case of Los Cabos, the latest advisory notes that "turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by US citizens".

The new advisory has come days after the United States made a decision to cut down $225 million military aid to the country. "Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Chapala, and Ajijic".


Mexico has 31 states in all.

USA personnel had previously been allowed to fly to Ixtapa, the last place in Guerrero where they had been allowed to go.

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.

Esponda said local officials and tourism operators are investing in increased security, including camera systems and the construction of a new marine base. "Some areas have increased risk", the advisory said. This is the area where the popular twin resorts of Los Cabos are located.

Relatives hold up signs with images of some of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa College Raul Isidro Burgos as they take part in a march to mark the 29th month anniversary of the disappearance of the students in the state of Guerrero in Mexico City, Mexico February 26, 2017.

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