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U.S. Issues ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory For Spain And Portugal

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The United States has updated its travel advisory list and has placed more countries on its “Do Not Travel” list, including Spain and Portugal. “Do Not Travel” is Level 4 on the travel advisory warning level system, which is the strictest advice they offer.

US Places Spain And Portugal On Its “Do Not Travel” List

Whilst both Spain and Portugal had recently made it easier for travelers to visit for vacation purposes, the worsening of the Covid-19 in each of the countries is behind the decision made by the US, and it will come to a blow to the two tourism-reliant countries. Here’s a closer look at this story, plus a recap of other travel advisory changes travelers should know about.

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Spain On “Do Not Travel” List – What Travelers Should Know

From March to June, it seemed as though Spain had turned a corner in the fight against Covid-19. Case averages fell from 36,000 at the peak of their second wave in December to well below 4,000 daily cases by the time June came around. However, the current situation is far bleaker; with the current 7-day average sitting at around 25,000, it’s not difficult to see why the US has handed the country a “Do Not Travel” notice.

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The country has been judged to be Level 4 by both the CDC and the State Department, with the country’s page stating that travelers should not visit due to the level of Covid-19 in the country – regarded as “Very High” by the CDC – but it also mentions that travelers should “exercise increased caution” due to terrorism and civil unrest.

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The notice serves as only advice, with American travelers still able to visit Spain should they wish to do so. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers may visit Spain, providing they fill out a health questionnaire before departure. They will also need a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of departure back to the U.S. The CDC also recommends that vaccinated travelers test themselves between 3-5 days after returning home, whilst unvaccinated travelers should do the same as well as going into self-quarantine for 7 days.

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“Do Not Travel” To Portugal – Information For Travelers

Much like Spain, Portugal too is seeing a resurgence of Covid-19 of late, a spike that threatens to undo most of the good work that Portugal had put into reopening. The number of cases in the country has been steadily rising since June, and the daily average number of new cases now sits just above 3,000. As was also the case with Spain, the country has been designated a Level 4 country by both the State Department and the CDC, with “very high” levels of Covid-19 the sole reason why.

Should Americans choose to ignore the US’s warning, travel to the country is possible for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Those heading to Portugal must submit a negative SARSCoV-2 lab result of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), the most popular example a PCR test, performed in the last 72 hours or a rapid antigen test (TRAg), performed within 24 hours of boarding.

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Other Level 4 Warnings Handed Out By The US

Spain and Portugal weren’t the only countries to make the list of Level 4 countries. Also making the cut on Monday were Cyprus, Cuba and the Kyrgyz Republic. Hungary, Israel, Eswatini, Croatia and Armenia were designated Level 3, whilst Ukraine, Kosovo, Curacao and Barbados were labeled as Level 2. Two countries – Malta and Bulgaria – were listed as Level 1 countries, which asks travelers to “exercise normal precautions” when visiting.

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Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Stop with the non sense. CDC want us to stay home. why were we vaccinated. CDC do not control my life and where I want to go......follow the hygine protocol and be happy.......

Jenny Cuthbert

Friday 30th of July 2021

I want to get into the USA to visit my fiancé as it’s been over 18mths and as we’re both pensioners,time isn’t on our side. Could anyone tell me what countries could I quarantine in for 14 days and travel on into the USA? I’m from Ireland and there’s no sign of restrictions being lifted for us. He can’t come here as he needs minor eye surgery and he can’t afford to miss it! I just can’t find out which country is suitable. I would be grateful for any advice. Thanks.


Saturday 31st of July 2021

@Jenny Cuthbert, Go to México, I did it twice, to visit my fiance, after 15 days you can get into USA. Get a fly to Cancun and from the airport take a bus to Playa del Carmen, small and safe. Good luck!!

I mar

Thursday 29th of July 2021

There is no conflict or terrorism in Spain nowadays. Covid, yes. They are on the fifth wave but EVERYONE wears a mask and there is hand-sanitizer at the entrance of every single store. More than 50% of the population is vaccinated. I just came back from there, so I know what I'm talking about.


Thursday 29th of July 2021

Please notify me when ever any country have open there boarder for traveling

Aaron Fodor

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

Not even going to bother traveling at all this year


Friday 30th of July 2021

@Aaron Fodor, agreed