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Kiss goodbye to foreign travel: State Department plans 'Do Not Travel' advisories for 80% of countries due to COVID

It comes two weeks after the CDC issued new guidelines stating that people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the U.S and internationally. Pictured: Travelers reclaim their luggage at the airport in Denver, Colorado, November 2020

  • The U.S. Department of State announced it will be issuing 'Level 4: Do Not Travel' advisories for 80% of countries in the coming weeks
  • In a statement released on Monday, officials recommended that Americans 'reconsider all travel abroad'
  • Level 4 is generally reserved for war-torn countries or those that would be considered hostile to U.S. citizens such as Afghanistan and North Korea 
  • It comes two weeks after the CDC issued new guidelines stating that people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the U.S and internationally

The U.S. Department of State announced on Monday it will issue a 'Level 4: Do Not Travel' advisory, its highest warning, for about 80 percent of countries.
In an official statement, the agency said the risk of COVID-19 while traveling remains too high and urged Americans to 'reconsider all travel abroad.' 
'This does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather reflects an adjustment in the State Department's Travel Advisory system to rely more on CDC's existing epidemiological assessments,' the statement read.
Level 4 is generally reserved for war-torn countries or nations that would be hostile to Americans such as Afghanistan and North Korea.  
Most countries are currently listed on the State Department website with a 'Level 3 - Reconsider Travel' warning, the second-highest alert.

The U.S. Department of State announced on Monday it will be issuing 'Level 4: Do Not Travel' advisories for 80% of countries

The U.S. Department of State announced on Monday it will be issuing 'Level 4: Do Not Travel' advisories for 80% of countries

Currently, there are 34 countries listed as Level 4 (in red), which is generally reserved for countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea and Syria

Currently, there are 33 countries listed as Level 4.

They include: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Central African Republic, Chad, Cuba, Curacao, French Guiana, French West Indies, Georgia, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Libya, Mali, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, North Korea, Russia, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Venezuela, Yemen.

It is unknown which countries will be added to the list, but it is believed the list will include several nations in Asia, Central America and Europe.

According to the statement, the advisories will begin being updated this week to be in line with Travel Health Notices issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The advisories also 'take into account logistical factors, including in-country testing availability and current travel restrictions for U.S. citizens.'

Only three countries - Macau, New Zealand and Taiwan - are currently listed as 'Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.'

It comes two weeks after the CDC issued new guidelines stating that people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the U.S and internationally. Pictured: Travelers reclaim their luggage at the airport in Denver, Colorado, November 2020

It comes two weeks after the CDC issued new guidelines stating that people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the U.S and internationally. Pictured: Travelers reclaim their luggage at the airport in Denver, Colorado, November 2020

On April 2, the CDC issued new guidelines stating that people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the U.S and internationally.

Travelers are considered fully vaccinated if it has been more than two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines or after the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

However, the agency still advised against non-essential travel due to spread of the virus and not enough people vaccinated yet to reach herd immunity.   

'Every time there's a surge in travel, we have a surge of cases in this country,' CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said last month.

'We're hopeful that our next set of guidance, will have more science around what vaccinated people can do, perhaps travel being among them.'

The CDC still requires a negative test result within the last 72 hours for people of all nationalities flying to the U.S., including Americans returning from abroad. 

Those who are fully vaccinated, both U.S. citizens and foreigners, do not need to self-quarantine after arriving.  

Although the CDC can make nationwide recommendations for what it deems safe, the agency cannot enforce rules. 

Each U.S. state sets its own requirements when it comes to testing, quarantining or other precautions visitors need to take.

The majority of states have dropped travel restrictions for travelers but there are exceptions, including Hawaii.

It comes as more than a million people continue to pass through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints every day, which has been occurring since March 10.

On Sunday, 1.57 million Americans were screened by airport security, which was the highest number in more than two weeks - and higher than figures seen over the Christmas and New Year's holiday. 

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Comment by Foxa mula on April 21, 2021 at 6:55am
Comment by caribmama on April 20, 2021 at 1:30am

I work in hospitality in Florida. I can tell you these sum ma guns don't give two damns about this virus, nor do they care about protecting their kids. They dragging their kids all over the country so they can be on vacation. Nasty bastards have gone back to their dirty ways, not washing their hands, p****** all over the place, telling you to hold your breath when they decide to enter an elevator with no mask and people are still dying from this. Us employees just stand back and watch the carnage unfolding before our eyes. 

I was on a night time cruise the other night with my daughter for my birthday and it was a small gathering, but part of the cruise was like a party boat. I wore my mask the whole time. They feel just cause you are outside you don't have to wear a mask (but you are on a small boat with people you don't know where they have been). My daughter heard one of them say "poor thing", because I was wearing a mask. Then they all started bunching up together to dance to the music, me and my daughter stood far away from them. They tried really hard to get us to join them.

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