Vietnam among countries with lowest travel security risks

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"The new travel advisories will continue to provide what we used to call the country-specific information about things like entry requirements, special circumstances, health issues perhaps, road safety issues and things like that".

The new system ranks countries from one to four on a sliding scale of increasing danger, with No. 1 suggesting normal precautions while traveling, and No. 2 suggesting increased precaution.

The advisory informs American citizens that the United States government has limited ability to provide emergency services to them in Pakistan due to the security environment. Country pages on the site will continue to include all travel information now available, including details about entry/exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, transportation, and other relevant topics. Countries in this list include Russian Federation and Turkey.

The State Department recommends travellers to be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. "We needed to make it more accessible to people, to make sure the information was more easily understood using plain language". Under that system, the department would issue either a "travel alert" or a "travel warning" when it deemed prudent, which generally included a briefing as to the reason. "Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations", the advisory said.

Commenting on the news, U.S. Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt stressed he looks forward to seeing more tourists in Greece in 2018: "Greece at the best level of the State Department's new Travel Advisory Program". U.S. has been ranked as the highest source of tourists to Kenya.

China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Saudi Arabia are among the nations classified under Level Two of the advisory travel programme.

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The State Department has announced a major change to how it issues travel advisories.

To check each country's level, you can visit a newly updated State Department Travel Advisory website.

Explaining the revised U.S. notification system, State Department official Michelle Bernier-Toth told reporters that "over the years, we've come to recognise that sometimes our various documents were not readily understood".

The State Department does, however, restrict the use of a U.S. passport for travel to North Korea. They also advised against travel to Manipur.

But Cuba is ranked only Level Three, "Reconsider Travel".

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