The US Department of State has published its latest round of travel advisory updates – only this time, there are no Do Not Travel warnings issued to any countries. A rarity throughout the course of the pandemic, the decision not to issue any of the strictest Level 4 – Do Not Travel warnings suggests that the Covid-19 situation around the world has improved significantly, given that the main cause of Level 4 warnings throughout the past two years has been the prevalence of the virus.
Whilst there weren’t any Level 4 advisories issued yesterday, there were several Level 3 updates to be found amongst the 15 updates that were published on the State Department’s website – meaning that there are still issues in destinations around the world that travelers should be aware of before traveling. Here’s a re-cap of what the travel advisory systems entails, plus a look at which countries were issued new travel advisories in yesterday’s update.
Travel Advisory System – Information for Travelers
Travel advisory updates are provided by the State Department for all destinations a traveler may visit. According to the State Department’s website, a range of different sources of information is considered before a travel advisory level is determined, “such as crime statistics and other information that is publicly available, information gathered from US government sources, as well as assessments by our embassies and consulates.”
Once all of the relevant facts have been considered, a country is issued with one of the following warning levels:
- Level 1 – Exercise normal precautions
- Level 2 – Exercise increased caution
- Level 3 – Reconsider travel
- Level 4 – Do not travel
As well as awarding these levels to destinations as a whole, the State Department can also give specific areas within a country their own warning level, as is the case with countries such as Mexico at present.
New Travel Advisory Updates – What Travelers Should Know
Overall, three different warning levels were present in yesterday’s latest travel advisory updates, with only the strictest Level 4 updates not found amongst them. The affected countries are as follows:
Level 3: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chad, Ecuador, Jamaica, Kosovo, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, The Bahamas
Level 2: Bangladesh, Guinea, India, Malawi, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Level 1: Namibia
Amongst those receiving updates are some Caribbean islands that have proved popular with both American travelers and those on cruise vacations. The advisory pages of Jamaica and the Bahamas – both of which have recently lowered their entry requirements – both warn travelers of the risk of Covid-19 and crime. Fellow Caribbean islands Saint Kitts and Nevis have been issued a Level 2 warning, asking travelers to exercise increased caution due to Covid-19.
In being awarded a Level 1 travel advisory, Namibia has joined a small group of countries in which the State Department advises travelers to exercise normal precautions. The full list of Level 1 countries is as follows:
Namibia, The Gambia, Comoros, Cabo Verde, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe, Saba, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Angola, Togo, Rwanda and Lesotho.
Regardless of whether a country is at Level 4 or Level 1, travelers should still make sure that they read their destination’s travel advisory page to ensure they are up to date with any potential risks they may encounter by traveling there. Travelers should also make sure they are up to date with any Covid-19 related requirements that may be in place, and they should always make sure that they have a solid travel insurance policy wherever they go.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories