Rabat – The US Department of State issued on Wednesday, January 10 a Travel Advisories system to alert its citizens of the world’s most (and least) dangerous countries. The department ranked Morocco in category 1: the safest for US travelers.
The state department advised its citizens, willing or wishing to visit Morocco to “exercise normal precautions” in the North African country. The executive department advises the US travelers to be extra cautious in Algeria or avoiding it because of high terrorist threats.
The department advised its citizens to ten war zones: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. These ten zones are ranked level four; “Do Not Travel.”
The US department ranked North Korea in level four: “Do Not Travel,” with restriction that US law interdicts US travelers to use their passports in the country.
Only three other MENA countries are in the same category as Morocco: the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.
Tunisia, Russia and Turkey are ranked in category 3: “Reconsidering the Trave.” Category 2, which advised the US travelers to be extra cautious, includes France, Spain, UK, Italy, Germany due to terrorist attacks occurred in these regions in recent years.
Five states in the US neighbor, Mexico have the sternest “do not travel” under the US department system. The Mexican states ranked in level four are Tamaulipas on the US border, Michoacán, Colima, Sinaloa, Guerrero.
The number of Morocco’s foreign visitors in Morocco increases every year. In July 2017, Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism and Air Transport said that the number of American tourists has increased by 27 percent during the first six months of 2017.
The increase of foreign visitors in the North African country was underpinned by the surge of German tourists in the visit to Morocco, which marked the increase of 12 percent, according to the ministry. The visits of Dutch arrivals increased by 8 percent and Spanish by 7 percent.