Cuba is ranked as one of the safest destinations in the world. Photo: Aljazira

Although Cuba is one of the safest destinations in the world and meets international standards, on January 10, the United States updated its travel advisory system, urging its citizens to “reconsider” traveling the island.
The U.S. State Department modified its system which ranks countries from one – advising citizens to “Exercise normal precautions” - to four, which carries a “Do not travel” warning.
Cuba, which has one of the best rates of citizen security in the region, was ranked third alongside Venezuela, Honduras, Haiti and Guatemala, with citizens advised to “reconsider travel” due to “serious risks to safety and security.”
Just like last September 29, when Washington issued an unjustified travel warning for the island, the U.S. government is once again citing alleged “sonic attacks” against the country’s diplomatic personnel in Havana - of which no evidence has been found - for Cuba’s ranking.
According to information on the State Department website, Cuba has been given a level-three rating “Because our personnel's safety is at risk, and we are unable to identify the source of the attacks, we believe U.S. citizens may also be at risk.”
However, following months of investigations by Cuban and U.S. authorities, no evidence of the alleged “sonic attacks” has been found.
In a U.S. Senate hearing on January 9, three State Department officials admitted that the cause and motive behind the health issues which affected U.S. personnel in Havana have not been identified.
Meanwhile, a report from the FBI, cited by Associated Press, found no evidence of “sonic attacks” against diplomatic personnel in Cuba.
Also speaking January 9, Josefina Vidal, director general for the United States at the Cuban Foreign Ministry criticized the State Department’s continued use of the phrase “sonic attacks” given that there is no evidence to substantiate such a definition.
“Cuba is a safe, peaceful and healthy country for Cubans, for foreigners, for accredited diplomats and for the millions of people who visit us every year, including those from the U.S.,” stated Vidal