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The US State Department has just issued 16 more new travel advisory updates. Posted on the State Department’s travel advisory website just yesterday, the new travel advisories are the latest of several updates already this month, as the State Department and embassies around the world work around the clock to ensure that American travelers be kept informed and informed. can make informed decisions about their travel plans.
Featuring a wide range of countries spanning several continents, yesterday’s travel advice proves that even after the pandemic, there are still plenty of things travelers need to be aware of when traveling abroad. Here’s a look at which countries were affected by yesterday’s latest round of travel advisory updates, plus a reminder of what travel advisories are and the role they should play in any traveler’s trip abroad.
Travel Advisory Updates – Information for travelers
Travel advisory updates are the State Department’s way of keeping travelers up to date with issues they may encounter on their travels abroad. Every country in the world has a travel advisory site, regardless of its popularity, which contains summarized and up-to-date information about security threats and concerns not only in the country as a whole, but often in specific regions when appropriate . A wide range of different issues are covered, ranging from everyday issues such as high crime rates to more pressing issues such as civil unrest and terrorism. Post-pandemic travel advisories also contain an update from the CDC on the level of Covid-19 in each destination.
Travel advisories come in four different levels, each of which indicates the severity of the danger travelers will face in that country. Level 1 travel advisories – the least severe warning – advise travelers to “exercise normal precautions”, while Level 4 – the most severe level of warning – tells travelers “do not travel” to that destination. Despite strict wording at various levels, travel advisories do not have the power to prevent a traveler from leaving for a particular destination, although they provide travelers with the information required to make a decision whether or not to travel in line. first. .
Latest Travel Tips – What travelers need to know
Yesterday’s travel advisory updates saw 7 more countries issued with Level 1 travel advisories, bringing the total number of Level 1 countries to 81. These 7 countries and their levels set by the CDC for Covid-19 are:
Angola (low level Covid-19), Comoros (low level Covid-19), Dominica (level unknown Covid-19), Equatorial Guinea (low level Covid-19), FIJI (high level of Covid-19), poland (high level of Covid-19) and Togo (average level of Covid-19).
There were also five additions to the Level 2 category, which advises travelers exercise extra caution. They are as follows:
- bangladesh: take extra care in Bangladesh due to crime, terrorism and kidnapping. Low level of Covid-19.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Exercise extra caution in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to terrorism and landmines. High level of Covid-19.
- India: take extra care in India due to crime and terrorism. Average level of Covid-19.
- laos: exercise extra caution over Laos due to civil unrest. Unknown level of Covid-19
- Philippines: show increased caution to the Philippines due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest and kidnappings. Average level of Covid-19.
Four states were issued Level 3 travel advisories, which require travelers review the trip. Redeemer, which has a moderate level of Covid-19, was considered Level 3 due to high levels of crime. It was the same for Honduras, which also has a high rate of Covid-19 according to the CDC. Travelers are also being asked to review travel at a moderate level of Covid-19 Ethiopia due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communication disruptions, crime and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas. Those with travel plans that include Moldova (average level of Covid-19) they are also being asked to reconsider them, due to the country’s proximity to the conflict in Ukraine.
The latest round of travel advisory updates saw no states given the most severe Level 4 update – but that doesn’t mean things can’t change quickly. In addition to making sure they read the travel advisory page for their destinations this summer, travelers should also make sure they buy a good travel insurance policy to make sure they’re covered in case something goes wrong.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions subject to change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm the entry of your nationality and/or any changes to travel requirements before you travel. Travel Off Path does not endorse travel against government advice