State Department takes Russia off 'reconsider travel' list
"Exercise Increased Caution due to terrorism, harassment, and the arbitrary enforcement of local laws," the renewed advisory said.
The advisory still recommends US visitors not to travel to the North Caucasus, particularly Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, as well as Crimea.
In 2017, the State Department placed Russia in the third out of four travel risk categories called "Reconsider Travel - Contains Areas with Higher Security Risk." Now Russia is in the second category with the first one advising U.S. visitors to "exercise normal precaution." ■