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A mix of 14 new Don’t travel The advisories, along with several other less severe travel advisory updates, were issued yesterday by the US State Department. It’s been a busy start to the year for the State Department, with travel advisories already updated six times this month as the United States struggles to stay abreast of situations in destinations around the world that could put their travelers at risk. .
Among the countries that received the updated travel advisories, some destinations have proven popular with American travelers in the past, including several Caribbean islands that are mainstays of various cruise itineraries. Here’s an overview of what each level of travel advisory means, which countries were affected by the latest updates, and what the updates mean for travelers planning to visit those destinations.
Travel Advisory – What Travelers Need to Know
Although they do not have the power to legally prevent travelers from visiting destinations, travel advisories have played a crucial role in keeping American travelers abroad safe through their detailed and up-to-date guides that provide information on the risks associated with visiting certain destinations. . A range of different sources of information are assessed to provide a clear picture of the situation in the country before action is taken.
Once assessed, countries are categorized with a travel advisory level number, which ranges from Level 1 to Level 4, based on the significance of the risk to US travelers to that country. Level 1 advisories are the least severe, while Level 4 advisories explicitly advise travelers not to visit that destination. In addition to providing a general travel advisory for a country, separate levels of advisories can be issued for specific regions, if applicable.
Advisory Updates – Information for Travelers
A total of 14 countries received updated Level 4 travel warnings yesterday – the most severe level of warning given to destinations. They are:
United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Romania, Peru, Niger, Mali, Kuwait, Jamaica, French Antilles, Fiji, Equatorial Guinea, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia
These countries are considered some of the most dangerous to visit, for a variety of reasons. Unsurprisingly, Covid-19 features prominently on the travel advice pages of these countries, but it is not the only factor for each country. Issues such as crime and terrorism also feature in the latest updates, with travelers being urged to read the travel advisory page specific to their destination before deciding whether or not to continue their journey.
Yesterday’s announcements also saw countries handing in Tier 3 and Tier 2 updates. They are as follows:
- Level 3: Senegal, Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Japan, India, Guatemala, Djibouti
- Level 2: Sierra Leone, Brunei, Bangladesh
Those considering travel to Tier 3 destinations are advised to reconsider, and those heading to Tier 2 countries are advised to exercise extra caution; The Sierra Leone page warns of the threat of crime and civilian arrest, while the Bangladesh page warns of the risk of crime, terrorism and kidnapping.
Travel advisories alone do not prohibit travel to certain destinations, with travelers free to go against State Department advice if they wish. Regardless of the destination, travelers are recommended to purchase solid travel insurance policies that will cover them in case something goes wrong during their trip.
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