Some of the top destinations for cruises that depart the US for sailings around the Caribbean are amongst those affected by the latest US travel advisory warning updates. Yesterday’s updates saw a handful of travel destinations given Level 4 travel warnings – the most severe travel warning level that the US currently hands to countries – whilst several others also saw Level 3 warnings affixed to their travel advisory pages.
Designed to keep travelers aware of the risks associated with traveling to specific countries, the State Department’s travel advisory updates do not offer any legally binding way to prevent travelers from heading to a destination, but travelers would be wise to heed their warnings regardless. Here’s a look at the latest travel advisory warnings from yesterday’s update, plus a recap on how the US decides which warning levels it gives to which countries.
Level 4 Travel Advisory Updates – Information For Travelers
Yesterday’s updates saw three countries given updated Level 4 travel advisory status by the Department of State – Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda and Guyana. Antigua and Barbuda and Bermuda are destinations that typically feature heavily in cruise itineraries from cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Carnival. Whilst it doesn’t prevent travelers from heading to these destinations, it is bound to make them think twice about visiting – which could cause even more problems for the ailing cruise industry.
Each of the three countries’ travel advisory pages states Covid-19 as the reason why teavelers should not visit, with Guyana’s page also referencing crime as a problem. Each country has also been handed a Level 4 Travel Health Notice by the CDC due to their high levels of Covid-19. The primary criteria for countries being handed Level 4 Travel Health Notices are if they report in excess of 500 positive cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 members of their population in the past 28 days.
Level 3 and Level 2 Travel Advisory Updates – What Travelers Should Know
The update from yesterday saw eight countries receive an updated Level 3 travel advisory update from the State Department. The countries were Ukraine, Sao Tome and Principle, New Caledonia, Kuwait, Colombia, Cambodia, Bonaire and Andorra. Much like with the Level 4 updates, Covid-19 was the main reason why these countries were handed Level 3 travel warnings, though Ukraine and Colombia’s travel advisory pages also warned of the threat of civil unrest and crime in these countries.
Each of these countries was also handed a Level 3 Travel Health Notice by the CDC – with the exception of Cambodia, which was handed a Level 2 Travel Health Notice. The primary for a country being award a Level 3 Travel Health Notice by the CDC is to record between 100 and 500 cases of Covid-19 in the past 28 days, which would indicate high levels of Covid-19 in these countries.
One country received an updated Level 2 Travel advisory update in yesterday’s update. That country was Zambia, where travelers are asked to exercise increased caution due to Covid-19. Zambia also received a Level 2 Travel Health Notice from the CDC, the primary criteria for which is recording between 50 and 99 cases of Covid-19 in the past 28 days.
At present, only six counties have a Level 1 travel advisory level. Those countries are Saba, Comoros, Montserrat, Gabon, Djibouti and Equatorial Guinea.
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