In its new warning system for tourists, the US government included Panama and Costa Rica at the lowest risk level, Nicaragua at level 2 and Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, in the category “Reconsider Travel”.
On January 10, 2018, the Department of State launched improvements and modifications to its system of travel alerts and recommendations to citizens considering traveling to other countries. The new advisory system divides nations into four levels, according to the risks present in each country.
The Travel Advisories for each country replace previous Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. The new system is divided into four categories:
Level 1: Exercise normal precautions.
Level 2: Exercise increased caution.
Level 3: Reconsider travel.
Level 4: Do not travel.
In this system, Costa Rica and Panama were located in level 1, Nicaragua