The State Department has a new rating system for how dangerous countries are to visit

The State Department has a new rating system for how dangerous countries are to visit

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Roberts

  • The State Department has announced a major change to
    how it issues travel advisories.
  • This is the first major change to the advisory system
    in more than a decade.
  • The change comes in response to ongoing confusion over
    the old system.

The US Department of State today announced a new system for
issuing travel advisories to Americans. Under the new system,
every country in the world will have a standing advisory with a
numerical level, ranging from 1 to 4, to indicate whether there
are any safety concerns. If a country is ranked at a level two —
“exercise increased caution” — or above, the score will be
accompanied by a reason for the increased risk.

The change comes in response to persistent general confusion over
the meaning of warnings issued under the previous system,
according to a State Department spokesperson. 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.

But, the difference between the two types of advisory was not
always clear. While alerts were generally shorter-term or related
to specific events, and warnings were intended to be stronger,
the new system is designed to provide additional clarity and
guidance.

The levels are as follows, as described in a fact sheet shared by
the State Department:

  • Level 1 – Exercise Normal
    Precautions:
     This is the lowest
    advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk
    in any international travel.  Conditions in other
    countries may differ from those in the United States and may
    change at any time. 
  • Level 2 – Exercise Increased
    Caution:
     Be aware of heightened
    risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides
    additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel
    Advisory.  Conditions in any country may change at any
    time. 
  • Level 3 – Reconsider
    Travel:
     Avoid travel due to serious
    risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides
    additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel
    Advisory.  Conditions in any country may change at any
    time. 
  • 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.  The Department of State
    advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or leave
    as soon as it is safe to do so.  The Department of State
    provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the
    Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any
    time.

To check each country’s level, you can visit a newly updated

State Department Travel Advisory website
. There’s also a
color-coordinated map that you can browse.

Some examples of countries listed at level two at the time of
publication include Mexico, due to crime in certain areas, and
the United Kingdom, due to elevated risks of terrorism. Level
three countries include Russia, due to civil unrest in certain
areas, and Venezuela, due to crime and a limited ability of the
US to provide assistance to citizens. Level four countries
include Iraq, Iran, and Libya.

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