State Dept. ranks Armenia among ‘safest countries for travel,’ Azerbaijan not so much

By Asbarez | Thursday, 11 January 2018

Yerevan's Republic Square is a major tourist attraction

Yerevan’s Republic Square is a major tourist attraction

WASHINGTON—The State Department has ranked Armenia among the safest countries for travel.

On January 10, the Department of State launched improvements to how it shares information with U.S. travelers. The improvements are meant to provide US citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide.

Under the new system, every country has a Travel Advisory, providing levels of advice ranging from 1 to 4.

Armenia has been included in Level 1, the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. Armenia’s neighbor Georgia has also been ranked in the same category, while Azerbaijan has been included in Level 2, where the State Department recommends toexercise increased caution.
Meanwhile, Russia and Turkey are at Level 3. US citizens are advised to avoid travel “due to serious risks to safety and security.”