Report: Malaysia ranked among the safest nations in new US travel advisory
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 ― In a new travel advisory issued by the United States, Malaysia is now placed in Level One or the lowest level for safety and security risks among other countries like Canada and Australia.
New Straits Times reported that the US’ improved version of the four-level travel advisory programme based its ranking on the security situation in each country.
According to the report, the department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs categorised Level One as “exercise normal precaution” on US travellers, Level Two is “exercise increase caution”, Level Three is “reconsider travel”, and Level Four is “do not travel”.
“Levels One and Two will be reviewed every year, if not more frequently, depending on circumstances. Levels Three and Four we review every six months just as we did Travel Warnings,” the bureau’s acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizen Services, Michelle Bernier-Toth was quoted as saying.
“In the process of that review, we will look very carefully and we wanted to make sure that we were being consistent across the globe as to how we were assessing and ranking countries.” she added.
Besides Malaysia, Canada and Australia, other countries in the same category include Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, Kazakhstan, and New Zealand.
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.
And Level Three include Cuba, Dominica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Lebanon, Sudan, Nigeria, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia and Venezuela.
According to Bernier-Toth, the improvement was the first major step in many years and added that the information on the safety state of each nation were by “various parties.”