"These improvements will provide USA citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide", the State Department said about the travel advisory system that is followed by multiple countries now. "The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the city of Srinagar and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway".
Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. The states mentioned include "eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal" as well as " rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and... the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha". The US asks its citizens to "reconsider travel" to Level 3 countries such as Pakistan, while for Level 4, which lists countries such as Afghanistan, the US recommends "Do Not Travel". But five Mexican states - Sinaloa, Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Tamaulipas - were given the highest rating of "do not travel", the same designation applied to near-failed states plagued by terrorism and open warfare.
Reuters said in a report on Thursday that the advisory is often announced for nations at war.
Tamaulipas - located on the US border - and Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero on the Pacific coast have a level four "do not travel" advisory, marking the highest warning issued by the department.
We will review and update each Travel Advisory as needed, based on changes to security and safety information. North Korea is the exception to that rule, since the United States banned travel on American passports to that country over the summer. Acapulco, in Guerrero, is the murder capital of Mexico after a decrease in visitors seeking its expansive beaches and resort hotels, and the State Department specifically forbids travel there. 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.
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 outcome of these attacks".
The United States itself is not rated in the new system.
According to the advisory, family members can not accompany US government employees who work in Afghanistan while unofficial travel by US government employees and their family members is restricted and requires prior approval from the US State Department.