Government places 'Do Not Travel' advisories on 80% of world's countries

Stephanie Asymkos
·Reporter
·1 min read

The State Department this week revised its international travel guidance to mirror the science-based recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), giving approximately 80% of the world's countries its highest and most severe Travel Advisory Level classification.

As of Tuesday, 153 countries worldwide carry a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” distinction; 40 are considered a “Level 3: Reconsider Travel”; 15 are “Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution”, and only one country — Bhutan — is currently considered a “Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.”

It is still the department’s recommendation that “U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad,” according to the press release.

The State Department this week revised its international travel guidance to mirror the science-based recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Photo: Getty)
The State Department this week revised its international travel guidance to mirror the science-based recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Photo: Getty)

The department’s integration of the CDC’s Travel Health Notices “reflects an adjustment” to “rely more on CDC’s existing epidemiological assessments,” according to the press release. The department’s travel advisory system is based on logistical factors like in-country testing availability and current travel restrictions for U.S. citizens.

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To stay connected to the evolving travel and safety advisories, Americans are encouraged to follow the department on Facebook and Twitter, and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

“As always, we are closely monitoring conditions around the globe,” the release stated. “[We] will regularly update our destination-specific advice to U.S. travelers as conditions evolve.”

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