In response to the latest viral message on social media with regards to a travel advisory issued by the US Department of State, the US Embassy in T&T has sought to clear the air with respect to the security and safety aspect.
In a release issued on Sunday, the Embassy said: “The US Travel Advisory for Trinidad and Tobago was updated on October 5 due to a change in health restrictions for COVID-19. The security and safety aspects of the advisory did not change.”
It added that “Travel Advisories do not target specific countries. Each country is assigned an overall Travel Advisory Level from 1 to 4. The Department’s Travel Advisory levels are based on established risk indicators such as health, crime, terrorism, kidnapping or hostage taking, civil unrest, natural disasters, and other potential risks. Each country’s level is based on an assessment of domestic conditions that might affect the welfare or safety of US citizens.”
“Advisories are updated when a change in any part of the advisory occurs. They are also updated when the advisory is lowered,” it added.
The embassy assured that the Department of State “has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of US citizens overseas. We are committed to providing US citizens with the most up-to-date, fact-based, accurate, and transparent information to keep US citizens informed when they are abroad.”