Sunday, May 9

United States Will Release Travel Alerts to 80% of Countries Due to COVID-19


The State Department will update your trip alert map.

Photo: State Department / Courtesy

Currently, most of the countries in the world have a Level 3 travel status set by the State Department, so that Americans “reconsider their trip”, but from the next few days the restrictions will be greater.

That office run by the secretary Antony Blink He anticipated that he will impose Level 4 to 80% of countries. This means that the recommendation will be “do not travel”, due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the world.

The measure, indicated the authority, is to “align” travel policies to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Currently, at least 20 countries have this level of restriction, the majority related to security matters for travelers, the most recent being Haiti, which adds several conditions: kidnapping, crime, civil unrest and COVID-19.

However, Brazil, for example, has a Level 4 travel, imposed by the last administration in August 2020, before the increase in coronavirus cases and new strains.

The Department’s decision comes in light of the global increase in COVID-19 cases and after the world has exceeded the three million deaths and vaccination is not as extensive in all countries as it is in the US, something the CDC highlights in its guidelines.

“This does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather reflects an adjustment in the State Department’s travel advisory system to rely more on the existing epidemiological evaluations of the CDC.The Department said. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented risks for travelers.”

The government of the president Joe Biden asks American travelers to reconsider their travels around the world.

“In light of those risks, the State Department strongly encourages US citizens to reconsider all travel abroad.”, He said. “Our advisories also take into account logistical factors, including the availability of evidence in the country (destination) and current travel restrictions for US citizens.”

The Biden Administration insists that each country’s assessment will depend on COVID-19 conditions and CDC guidelines.

“As travelers face ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Department will begin updating its Travel Advisories this week to better reflect the Science-Based Travel Health Advisories.”, he indicated. “As always, we are closely monitoring conditions around the world and will periodically update our destination specific advice for US travelers as conditions evolve.”

And the vaccinated people?

The CDC maintains travel alerts even to vaccinated people, since despite having a lower risk of contracting COVID-19 they could still spread variants of the virus in the United States.

“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to contract and transmit COVID-19”, points out. “However, international travel presents additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk of contracting and possibly spreading new variants of COVID-19.”

Those who wish to travel are suggested to do so when they are “fully vaccinated”, that is, with the two doses of Pfizer Y Modern, the vaccines that are applied at this time.

“You should continue to follow CDC recommendations for safe travel and testing 3-5 days after travel.”, indicates. “You do NOT need to be tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.

The authority notes that, despite the restrictions, it is not necessary for the traveler to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States, but insists on post-trip testing.


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