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 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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“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.”