Athens.- (GreekNewsOnline, ANA-MPA)
Greece and Cyprus rank among the safest countries for American tourists, according to a new ranking system issued for the country’s travelers by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday. Both countries were placed in Level 1 by the travel advisory program. Level 1 urges travelers to “exercise normal precautions”.
“This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel. Conditions in other countries may differ from those in the United States and may change at any time,” the State Department’s webpage says in its fact sheet.
For level 2, the State Department advises travelers to exercise Increased Caution: “Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.”
Israel, Egypt, Bosnia and Kosovo are among the countries belonging on this level of security.
The U.S. administration gave a new blow to Turkey by listing it on Level 3, suggesting travelers to “reconsider travel”.
“Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security”, says the advise for Level 3.
On the page for Turkey that U.S. Department of States notes:
“Reconsider travel to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk.”
As a reprisal, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued on Thursday a similar advisory, warning its citizens against travel to the United States, saying Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest and should take precautions if they do decide to travel.
Commenting on the news for Greece, U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt said 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. I’m looking forward to seeing even more American tourists here in Greece in the year ahead,” he tweeted.
On January 10, 2018, the Department of State launched improvements to how we share information with U.S. travelers. These improvements will provide U.S. citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide. Under the new system, every country will have a Travel Advisory, providing levels of advice ranging from 1 to 4:
Level 4 suggests to U.S. not to travel.
“This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance. The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or leave as soon as it is safe to do so.”