U.S. announces new travel advisory, asks citizens not to visit Pakistan

Greece at lowest risk level, says US State Department

In India, travellers need to take "increased caution due to crime and terrorism", the advisory reads It also specifically instructs Americans to not travel to Jammu and Kashmir - except Eastern Ladakh and Leh.

Women have been discouraged from traveling alone as rape is "one of the fastest growing crimes in India".

Over ten countries have been designated level 4 countries, including Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran, Syria, and North Korea.

The advisory further goes on adding U.S. employees are mandated to take special authorization from USA consulate general offices before traveling to states with Naxalite activity or the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur, reported India Today. "Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, military and government installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and local government facilities", it said in the advisory.

The U.S. State Department updated its warning system and how it conveys information about the risks of traveling to other countries, in a bid to make these warnings easier to understand. She noted that even some of her colleagues had difficulty understanding the difference between "travel alerts" and "travel warnings" under the previous system. The State Department noted that there "are no USA government restrictions" in tourist areas in both those states, including Ensenada, Rosarito, Tijuana, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and La Paz.

None of levels prohibits travel.

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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.

The UK, France and China were included in Level 2 - Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.

The programme, launched by the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs on Wednesday, ranked countries based on the US' assessment of country's security situation with a four-level ranking system.

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

Meanwhile, Russia and Turkey are at Level 3.

T - Terrorism: Terrorist attacks have occurred and/or specific threats against civilians, groups, or other targets may exist.

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