US State Department Expands Do Not Travel List to 80% of Countries

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US State Department Expands Do Not Travel List

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.

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  1. A truly hilarious notice, (but what else to expect from the U.S. State Department),,, LOL….

    I have an appointment with my primary care Physician tomorrow and when I check in they will ask me all the by now routine Covid-19 questions.

    When they get to the one about whether I’ve been anywhere where there is high spread of Covid-19 in the last 2 weeks I will answer “Yes, I’ve been in the United States of America for the last 2 weeks,, LOL….

  2. So much anger in these comments. Not really sure I understand it. No one in the u.s. government is stopping you from traveling abroad; it’s an advisory, that’s it. If you want to take the risk and the other country will let you in, go for it. That’s pretty much been the rule for the entire pandemic; I know people who have been traveling extensively overseas since the pandemic began.

  3. Wow, the Biden administration is just as idiotic, tone-deaf, clueless, etc. as Trump’s – who would have thought…They would be better off telling juries how to rule on court cases (always a good move for government officials) and leave travel decisions up to the people.

  4. I will travel anywhere if I choose so and if entry is allowed by the visiting country. It’s been almost 18 months now and I will not let fear or politicians control my life. If we (I) don’t take a stand this lock down will never end.
    There is risk associated anytime I step out of the door (or stay inside for that matter). Time to start to live your life or die not living it.


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