USA updates threat assessment for Pakistan, other countries

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"If you are enrolled in our Smart Traveler Enrollment program, you will continue to get alerts based on events such as these, as well as updates to our travel advisory", Bernier-Toth said.

Level 3 translates bluntly as "reconsider travel", with the recommendation to avoid going to countries with serious risks.

It asked Americans not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir (except Ladakh region and its capital Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest. "Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets and shopping malls and local government facilities". In the past, there have been large-scale terrorist attacks resulting in hundreds of casualties.

In a new travel advisory to its citizens, the United States has asked them to reconsider travelling to Pakistan due to terrorism. It urges travelers to stay away from the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas (all level 4).

How does the rest of the world rank?

At least 11 countries are on Level 4: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Malaysia is now ranked among the safest nations in a new travel advisory issued by the United States. "U.S. officials traveling only to the capital cities in these states do not need prior authorization", it added. "These are not political documents". Bernier-Toth said USA embassies were given the new rankings ahead of time so they could notify the governments of the impending change.

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Major European allies like Britain, France and Germany are level two, "exercise increased caution", while authoritarian Uzbekistan gets Level One, "exercise usual precautions".

The US Department of State wants to provide travellers with clear, timely, and reliable information.

It also added that the US government has "limited ability" to provide emergency services to its citizens in rural areas of eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal, where Maoist extremist groups are present, since they require special authorization to visit.

"But essentially how we assess the threat level in a country hasn't changed".

In September, the agency stated in a travel warning that, "numerous U.S. Embassy Havana employees have been targeted in specific attacks", suffering "significant injuries as a outcome of these attacks".

Officials in the Kenyan government and the country's tourism industry are likely to welcome the changes initiated by the Trump administration.

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