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US State Department releases 16 new travel advisory updates

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The US State Department has just released 16 additional new travel advisory updates. Posted on the State Department’s Travel Advisory website yesterday, the new travel advice is the latest of several updates already this month, as the State Department and embassies around the world work 24 hours a day to ensure that American travelers are kept informed and can make informed decisions about their travel plans.

Showcasing a wide range of countries spanning multiple continents, yesterday’s travel advisories prove that even after the pandemic, there are still plenty of other things travelers should beware of when traveling abroad. Here’s a look at the countries affected by yesterday’s latest round of travel warning updates, as well as a reminder of what travel warnings are and the role they should play in any traveler’s travels abroad.

Travel Advice Updates – Information for Travelers

Travel advisory updates are how state departments keep travelers informed about issues they may encounter while traveling abroad. Every country in the world has a travel advisory page, no matter how popular, which contains concise, up-to-date information about security threats and concerns, not just in the country as a whole, but often in specific regions, if applicable. A wide range of different issues are covered, ranging from everyday issues such as high crime rates to more pressing issues such as civil unrest and terrorism. Following the pandemic, travel advisories also contain an update from the CDC on the level of Covid-19 in each destination.

Travel advisories come in four different levels, each indicating the severity of the risk travelers will face in that country. Level 1 travel advisories – the least severe warning – advise travelers to “take normal precautions”, while Level 4 – the most severe warning level – instructs travelers to “do not travel” to that destination. Despite the strict wording at the various levels, travel advisories do not have the power to prevent a traveler from heading to a certain destination, although they do provide travelers with the information necessary to make the decision whether or not to travel by first place. .

Latest Travel Advisories – What Travelers Need to Know

Yesterday’s travel advisory updates saw a further 7 countries issue Level 1 travel advisories, bringing the total number of Level 1 countries to 81. These 7 countries and their Covid-19 levels determined by the CDC are:

Angola (low level of Covid-19), Comoros (low level of Covid-19), Dominica (Covid-19 level unknown), Equatorial Guinea (low level of Covid-19), Fiji (high Covid-19 level), Poland (high Covid-19 level) and Go (moderate Covid-19 level).

There have also been five additions to the Tier 2 category, which advises travelers to be extra careful. They are the following:

  • Bangladesh: Exercise extra caution in Bangladesh due to crime, terrorism and kidnappings. Low level of Covid-19.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: exercise extra caution in Bosnia and Herzegovina because of terrorism and landmines. High level of Covid-19.
  • India: Exercise extra caution in India due to crime and terrorism. Moderate level of Covid-19.
  • Laos: Exercise increased caution in Laos due to civil unrest. Unknown level of Covid-19
  • Philippines: Exercise heightened caution in the Philippines due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest and kidnappings. Moderate level of Covid-19.

Four countries have received Level 3 travel advisories, which ask travelers to reconsider the trip. El Salvador, which has a moderate level of Covid-19, was considered to be level 3 due to its high levels of criminality. This was also the case for Honduras, which also has a high level of Covid-19 according to the CDC. Travelers are also urged to reconsider travel at a moderate level of Covid-19 Ethiopia due to armed conflicts, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas. Those with travel plans involving Moldova (moderate level of Covid-19) are also invited to reconsider them, due to the country’s proximity to the conflict in Ukraine.

Flag of Honduras flying in Tegucigalpa

The latest round of travel advisory updates saw no country given the harshest penalty Level 4 update – but that doesn’t mean things can’t change quickly. As well as making sure they read the travel advice page for their destinations this summer, travelers should also make sure they have a good travel insurance policy to ensure they are covered in problem case.

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