US State Department Expands Do Not Travel List to 80% of Countries
The U.S. State Department has announced plans to expand travel advisories for U.S. citizens, urging them to stay home as COVID-19 continues to pose “unprecedented risks” around the globe. The “Do Not Travel” guidance will be issued for about 80% of countries worldwide.
The State Department already had listed 34 out of about 200 countries as “Level 4: Do Not Travel,” including places like Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Haiti, Russia and Tanzania. But getting to 80% of the countries in the world, means that nearly 130 countries will eventually be added to the “Do Not Travel” list. As of today, I count around 112 countries listed under “Level 4.” You can see an interactive map here (“Do Not Travel” in red).
The latest recommendations come as the coronavirus “continues to pose unprecedented risks,” and the new guidelines “better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s science-based Travel Health Notices.” The State Department noted that the these changes do not imply a reassessment of current health situations in the affected countries, but rather “an adjustment in the State Department’s Travel Advisory system.”
Earlier this month, the CDC said people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely travel within the United States at “low risk” but CDC Director Rochelle Walensky discouraged Americans from doing so because of high coronavirus cases nationwide.