In its latest round of travel advisory updates, the US has added four more countries to its ‘Do Not Travel’ list as part of its ongoing efforts to keep its citizens safe and secure when traveling abroad. The update to its travel advisories came yesterday, and also saw several other countries reclassified into less severe Level 3 and Level 2 categories that travelers should be aware of.
The decisive factor for the majority of travel advisory reclassifications that the US is carrying out at present is Covid-19, with the country reacting to both improvements and setbacks in different parts of the world. Here’s a closer look at the most recent updates, and how the US reaches its decisions.
Travel Advisories Updated – Information For Travelers
Four countries were elevated to Level 4 during yesterday’s travel advisory update. These countries are Turkey, Sudan, Montenegro and Dominica. Level 4 is the most severe warning level, labeled as ‘Do Not Travel’. Countries can be handed this warning level for a range of different reasons, from ongoing conflicts to the imminent threat of terror attacks. However, yesterday’s new additions to the Level 4 category all have one thing in common listed in their travel advisory pages – and that is Covid-19.
The travel advisories at present rely heavily on a countries Covid-19 classification courtesy of the CDC. According to the CDC’s classification system, countries that receive a “Covid-19 very high” Level 4 warning have had more than 500 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. The Level 3 category applies to countries that registered between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the previous 28 days.
According to its travel advisory page, travelers should not travel to Turkey due to high levels of Covid-19. Currently, in Turkey, positive cases of Covid-19 are on the rise once more, with a rolling 7-day average of almost 25,000 per day, whilst the country is regularly reporting more than 100 daily Covid-19 deaths. The page also asks travelers to exercise extreme caution due to the risk of terrorism and arbitrary detentions in the country.
The country had recently relaxed its entry restrictions for foreign travelers in the hope that it would lead to an increase in tourism. However, whilst the reclassification of Turkey as a Level 4 country doesn’t legally prevent a traveler from visiting the country, it is sure to have an impact on inbound tourism figures, as travelers will think twice about booking a vacation to a country with such a risk.
Montenegro and Dominica have also suffered reclassification due to a recent rise in the level of Covid-19 within their borders. Montenegro has gone from reporting barely 20 cases a day last month to almost 400, whilst Dominica has gone from reporting several days of no cases a few weeks ago to 367 on August 15th. Sudan also has a Covid-19 notice on its travel advisory page, as well as a warning about the risks of crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict in the country.
The recent updates also saw several countries handed updated Level 3 and Level 2 travel advisories. The updates to Level 3 included Uruguay, North Macedonia, Mozambique, Laos, Kosovo and Chile. Travelers are advised to “reconsider travel” to these countries. The nations that received Level 2 updates – “exercise extreme caution” – are Sao Tome and Principle, India, Antigua and Barbuda and Angola.
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