US Department of State Lists Georgia Among Safest Countries for Travel

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Georgia is among the safest countries in the world in the latest travel advisory for United States (US) travellers published by the US State Department, Agenda reports.

To better prepare for possible emergencies, USA citizens are encouraged to read Country Specific Information pages and Travel Advisories on before planning a trip. There is some risk in any global travel. India is placed in the second category which advises USA citizens to "exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism".

An additional 11 states were slapped with Level 3 warnings, urging Americans to "reconsider travel" there because of crime and gang activity.

Level 4 - Do Not Travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. The states mentioned include "eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal" as well as " rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and... the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha".

The State Department had earlier asked the USA citizens to not travel to all or part of those states, but this time the warnings are stricter as they have been placed on a level 4 - the same category given to war-torn Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks.

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"While we will issue an overall Travel Advisory level for every country, levels of advice may vary for specific locations or areas within a country", the US Department of State clarified.

The advisory further states that travel by U.S. government personnel within Pakistan is restricted, and additional restrictions on movements by USA government personnel outside of U.S. diplomatic facilities may be put in place at any time, depending on local circumstances and security conditions. Americans weighing travel overseas used to face a confusing array of warnings, updates and alerts when checking with the United States government about their destination of choice.

"Do not travel due to crime", it states. The US Department of State lists Honduras, Haiti and Turkey in this category.

Americans are advised not to travel to Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). "These are simply based on our assessment of the security situation", senior consular official Michelle Bernier-Toth said.

Though the government's cautions remain largely the same as they were under the previous system of travel warnings and alerts, the numerical approach is new. That process found that members of the public were confused by the current system and unsure how to respond to the various alerts and warnings issued by the State Department.

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