US expands ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory to 80% of nations around the world amid pandemic

(NEXSTAR) — The U.S. State Department is “strongly” urging all Us citizens to reconsider international journey, in accordance to a push release issued Monday.

In light of “unprecedented risks” posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the division has declared designs to update its latest journey advisories to much better reflect assistance from the Facilities for Disorder Handle and Prevention (CDC). In carrying out so, the section will broaden its Level 4 (Do Not Travel) advisory to about 80% of the world’s nations.

Regardless of this “significant increase” in nations detailed at Level 4, the Condition Department’s up-to-date advisories do not essentially indicate “a reassessment of the present-day health and fitness situation” but somewhat the standards for designating a Degree 4 location, in accordance to the division.

The up to date advisories, which will commence showing this week, will replicate the CDC’S Travel Health notices and “existing epidemiological assessments” in addition to any threats the State Division deems to be a risk to the basic safety of U.S. travelers. COVID-prompted journey limits, as properly as COVID tests potential, will also be evaluated.

“As usually, we are intently monitoring problems all around the globe, and will on a regular basis update our place-precise information to U.S. travelers as ailments evolve,” the press release states.

Journey to the remaining 20% of the world’s international locations is nonetheless discouraged, the State Section indicates.

The CDC, in the meantime, currently suggests all tourists delay any domestic or worldwide visits until finally completely vaccinated. The agency also lists about 160 world-wide locations less than its very own Amount 4 (COVID-19 really large) designation.

The Affiliated Push contributed to this report.