USA warns its citizens to be cautious while traveling to India


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The revised system assigns levels of advice (1 to 4) about travel as it pertains to every country.

Travel Advisories apply up to four standard levels of advice, give a description of the risks, and provide clear actionable steps US citizens should take, according to a statement issued by the US Embassy in Athens.

Placing Pakistan in Level 3 (reconsider travel) category, the State Department has advised USA citizens to not travel to Balochistan province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) due to terrorism.

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"US citizens who travel overseas should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations", the advisory said. "Do not travel to Balochistan province, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) province, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) due to terrorism", states the website.

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

The US said its new travel advisory is simpler and replaces all previous travel warnings and alerts.

India has been ranked Level 2 (exercise increased caution) while Pakistan has been places in Level 3 (reconsider travel).

Cuba, for instance, is listed as a level 3 country. In the past, there have been large-scale terrorist attacks resulting in hundreds of casualties.

On Tuesday, US senators heard State Department officials say someone known to the Cuban government has a mystery weapon that they use to cause brain trauma to Americans in Havana.

The travel advisory comes on the heels of suspension of aid to Pakistan as outlined by President Trump in his first tweet of 2018, alleging that Pakistan responded with deceit and lies against the $33b provided to it, a claim Pakistan rejects both in terms of statistics and observation.