WASHINGTON (A.W.)—Armenia is among the safest countries for Americans to travel to, according to a new rating system announced by the United States Department of State.
The revamped U.S. State Department system, which was unveiled Wednesday, ranks countries by threat level based on several factors, including the risk of crime, civil unrest, terrorism, and natural disaster. The tiers are the following:
Level 1: Exercise normal precautions.
Level 2: Exercise increased caution.
Level 3: Reconsider travel.
Level 4: Do not travel.
Armenia has been included in Level 1, the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk, though the travel advisory lists Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) as a region to avoid “due to armed conflict.”
Neighboring Georgia has also been ranked in the Level 1 category, whereas Azerbaijan has a Level 2 ranking. The State Department also urged Americans to reconsider travel to Russia (Level 3) “due to terrorism and harassment” and Turkey (Level 3) “due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions.”