The Department of State for the United States has just issued a total of six new travel advisory updates for American travelers. The updates – most of which were published on the State Department’s website just last night – provide travelers with information about the different threats to their safety that they may encounter on their travels to specific destinations, ranging from everyday issues such as crime to much more serious risks such as terrorism and civil unrest.
Mexico, the most popular destination for American travelers and a hit with travelers from around the world, was also subject to travel advisory updates in recent days that travelers should familiarize themselves with before heading to the country. Here’s a look at the latest round of travel advisory updates published by the State Department, plus a reminder of what they are and the part they play in the travel process for millions of travelers.
New Travel Advisory Updates – Information For Travelers
Travel advisories are helpful pages maintained by the State Department that tell travelers all they need to know about visiting specific destinations around the world. Featuring up-to-date information about the safety situations of each and every country on the planet, they are essential reading for any traveler looking to take a trip and, whilst they were created with American travelers in mind, they are a useful tool for travelers from any country to use to help plan their trips.
Yesterday’s round of updates saw just one more country placed into the Level 1 travel advisory category. Level 1 is the lowest, least severe travel advisory level that asks travelers to “exercise normal precautions,” and is reserved for countries that have little in the way of threats or risks to safety for travelers. Namibia was the country that received a Level 1 advisory yesterday, meaning it is considered to be one of the safest destinations in the world for American travelers to visit at present.
Three countries were handed Level 2 travel advisory updates. This is the next step up from Level 1, and it asks travelers to “exercise increased caution” when visiting affected countries. Benin was handed a Level 2 advisory due to crime, kidnapping, and maritime crime, whilst Ecuador received one due to civil unrest and crime. Cuba, which recently saw more flights from the U.S. added, was designated as a Level 2 country due to “demonstrable and sometimes debilitating injuries to members of our diplomatic community resulting in the drawdown of embassy staff.”
Only one country received a Level 3 travel advisory yesterday. Countries that receive Level 3 travel advisories are deemed to be quite dangerous for American travelers, who are asked to “reconsider travel” to affected destinations. Saudi Arabia received a Level 3 advisory due to the threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian facilities, whilst travelers were also asked to exercise increased caution in the country due to terrorism.
Mexico’s most recent travel advisory update saw travel advisory warnings issued for individual states. Travelers heading to Cancun should note that those heading to Quintana Roo have been told to exercise increased caution due to crime and kidnapping. Those with eyes on Puerto Vallarta trips have been advised to reconsider travel to Jalisco state due to crime and kidnapping, whilst Cabo San Lucas’ state Baja California Sur has an “exercise increased caution” warning due to high levels of crime. More details about Mexico’s individual advisories can be found here.
Each travel advisory also comes with an update from the CDC about the level of Covid-19 in that country. Those are as follows for the most recent updates:
- Namibia – moderate level of Covid-19
- Benin – unknown level of Covid-19
- Cuba – moderate level of Covid-19
- Ecuador – high level of Covid-19
- Saudi Arabia – low level of Covid-19
- Mexico – high level of Covid-19
Travelers should always make sure they read the travel advisory pages of any destination they are planning on visiting to make sure they are aware of the risks involved. Regardless of whether visiting a Level 1 or Level 4 destination, travelers should also make sure they have a strong travel insurance policy to keep them protected.
This article originally appeared on Travel Off Path. For the latest breaking news that will affect your next trip, please visit: Traveloffpath.com
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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