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Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US Issues Highest Travel Warning for These 5 Mexican States

US Issues Highest Travel Warning for These 5 Mexican States

It stated that Level One, the lowest advisory level, informed United States travellers to "exercise normal precaution", Level Two is "exercise increased caution", Level Three is "reconsider travel", and Level Four is "do not travel".

The U.S. State Department increased the risk factor with new travel warnings for Americans in Mexico Wednesday.

Ashley Garrigus, spokesperson for the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, said the agency gives extra attention to conditions in Mexico "due to the number of us citizens who travel there and the difference between the different areas". There is some risk in any global travel.

The new advisory issued today by the US Government cautions American tourists from traveling to India asking its citizens to "exercise increased caution" due to "crime and terrorism" prevailing in India.

Level 4 - Do Not Travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks.

Meanwhile, several countries which are ranked at Level Four include Afghanistan, Central African Republic (CAR), Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Syria, South Sudan, Yemen and North Korea.

Tamaulipas on the United States border and Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero on the Pacific coast have been put under the most risky places, mostly because they either host trafficking routes or have widespread drug-crop cultivation.

Reuters said in a report on Thursday that the advisory is often announced for nations at war.

To warn travelers of potential dangers overseas, the US State Department has updated its travel advisory for countries, including India and Pakistan. Now every country has a travel advisory based on this system, which has replaced all the previous such advisories.

Mexico - long a destination for world-class museums, archeological sites and beach resorts - now has five states tagged with the US State Department's most severe travel warning. They are also marked on an interactive, color-coded map: red for 4, orange for 3, and yellow for 2. The new classifications are created to simplify travel advisory information so people can easily decide if a particular destination is safe enough to visit. Countries in this list include Russian Federation and Turkey.

"Terrorists have targeted U.S. diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and evidence suggests they continue to do so", the advisory explained.

Readers, do you think this new system is an improvement?

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 effect of these attacks".

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