United States announces new travel advisory, asks citizens not to visit Pakistan

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Now, as then, USA citizens are told that violent crime can occur at any time in Kenya and that police often lack the capacity to respond to criminal incidents.

"Terrorist or armed groups are active in East Central India, primarily in rural areas", the advisory said, referring to the armed Naxalites.

These areas include Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River and Lamu counties.

The United States on Wednesday unveiled a way to warn its citizens about the dangers of foreign travel, with a four-point safety ranking system for countries and an interactive world map.

"Consider carefully whether to use the Likoni ferry in Mombasa due to safety concerns", the advisory adds. Armenia's neighbor Georgia has also been ranked in the same category, while Azerbaijan has been included in Level 2, where the State Department recommends toexercise increased caution.

But Cuba is ranked only Level Three, "reconsider travel". Azad and Jammu Kashmir (AJK) is also listed in this category "due to terrorism and the potential for armed conflict". "Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations", the USA government's State Department (the American equivalent of the Ministry of External Affairs) goes on to say in the travel advisory before asking women to avoid travelling alone in India.

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Tanzania and Uganda are both placed in the level-two group along with Kenya.

"Will issue an overall travel advisory level for every country, levels of advice may vary for specific locations or areas within a country" the state department said.

Travellers are told to "exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to crime, terrorism, and targeting of LGBTI persons".

"We needed to make it more accessible to people".

Specifically, Level 1 is "Exercise Normal Precautions"; Level 2 "Exercise Increased Caution; Level 3 "Reconsider Travel"; and Level 4 "Do Not Travel". Level three countries include Russian Federation, due to civil unrest in certain areas, and Venezuela, due to crime and a limited ability of the USA to provide assistance to citizens. "The "do not travel" is our recommendation".

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".