The US govt. said that the new travel advisory has been issued in order to provide citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide.
Under the new rankings, Level One, the lowest advisory, signals a need to "exercise normal precautions" in places where there is no more than the usual risk involved in global travel.
Countries have been issuing travel advisories for its citizens time and again, considering the present global scenario.
The State Department recommends travellers to be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.
The U.S. Department has placed India under level 2 category and advised U.S. travelers to exercise increased caution due to "crime and terrorism" in the country.
Perennial US adversary Russian Federation was listed as a Tier 3 country, due to the risk of "terrorism and harassment".
It also added that the USA 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.
Apart from these advisories, the State Department is unable to prohibit travel to any country other than North Korea, which requires a waiver on a case-by-case basis.
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Now every country has a travel advisory based on this system, which has replaced all the previous such advisories.
One country's advisory level that raised questions was Cuba, which now sits at Level 3.
"We needed to make it more accessible to people". Cuba, once a do not travel, is now Level 3; China is a Level 2.
The arch-nemesis of world's superpower, North Korea is also in Level Four, with the additional restriction that USA law prohibits American travellers from using their passports there, effectively banning visits to the Kim led-state.
"I think people will find it easier to understand than the old travel warnings", she said. The state department blamed crime and terrorism for the increased level of caution advised to its travelers. The State Department's website says this designation is earned due to "health attacks directed at U.S. Embassy Havana employees" over the past several months, and Bernier-Toth said this is being taken seriously.
That was a message echoed by Bernier-Toth on Wednesday.
"We wanted it to be an easier to understand system", Risch said.