State Department lowers dozens of countries from ‘Do Not Travel’ to ‘Reconsider Travel’ status


Source: The Washington Post

A month and a half after warning Americans not to travel to most of the world, the U.S. State Department is easing travel advisories for dozens of countries — at least a little.

The department on Tuesday said that it was taking 58 countries and territories out of the Level 4, or “Do Not Travel,” category and designating them as Level 3, or “Reconsider Travel,” destinations. Another 27 places were moved to the first two levels, where travelers are urged to exercise increased caution or exercise normal precautions.


Almost Half Of Mexico Considered Risky For American Travelers By The U.S. Government

08/18/14 By Dolia Estevez. Forbes

800px-mexico_location_mapsvgDespite the fact that millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, Americans have been the target of violent crimes, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states, the State Department said in a Travel Warning issued on August 15.

The warning states that “crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere… Gun battles have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area… The location and timing of future armed engagements is unpredictable.” Therefore, it recommends Americans defer non-essential travel to the areas specifically identified in the warning and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the other areas for which advisories are in effect.

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Hillary to arrive in Mexico March 25th

hillary-clinton-senate1Reforma, 3/13/2009

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, will visit the Federal Distrcit and Monterrey the 25-26th of March on the invitation of Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, to discuss topics including the Merida Initiative and anti narcotics aid, stated the U.S. government.

“During her visit to Mexico, the Secretary (Clinton) will discuss a broad range of bilateral and international topics of mutual interest, including the Merida Initiative,” said Gordon Duguid, deputy spokesman for the U.S. Department of State.

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