U.S. State Department Updates Travel Advisories For 10 Countries
The travel advisory pages for 10 countries around the world have been updated by the Department of State. International travel may have moved closer to normal over the past few months, but it still isn’t without risks and challenges, and travel advisories still play a key role in keeping travelers in the loop before they take their trips.
Travel advisories are frequently updated by the State Department to include up to date information about the risks associated with different destinations. A recap of what travel advisories are and how they help travelers can be found here, as well as a look at which ten countries were included in yesterday’s travel advisory updates.
What Are Travel Advisories? Information For Travelers
Travel advisories are updated by the State Department as often as is necessary, providing simple, clear information about the risks that travelers may face when traveling abroad. To make it easy for travelers to see the risks associated with visiting a specific destination, travel advisories are sorted into four different levels, with Level 1 being the least severe and Level 4 the most severe.
Each travel advisory contains information from the CDC about the level of Covid-19 in the destination, along with updates from the State Department. They don’t legally prevent travelers from visiting a country, but they can help a traveler make an informed decision about whether or not to visit.
New Travel Advisory Updates – What Travelers Should Know
All four of the system’s levels are featured in the new travel advisory updates on the State Department’s website yesterday. Level 4 updates were handed out to two countries.
- Libya – do not travel to Libya due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict. The CDC states it has an unknown level of Covid-19
- Iran – do not travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping and the arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. The CDC has determined that Iran has a low level of Covid-19
- Lebanon – reconsider travel to Lebanon due to crime, terrorism, armed conflict, civil unrest, kidnapping and Embassy Beirut’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens. The CDC states it has a low level of Covid-19
- Guyana – travelers should reconsider their trips to Guyana due to crime. The CDC has also stated that the country has a high level of Covid-19
- Guatemala – travelers should reconsider their trips to Guatemala due to crime, with some parts of the country designated as no-go areas. The CDC states it has a moderate level of Covid-19
- Zimbabwe has a low level of Covid-19, which is why it received a Level 2 travel advisory. Four countries were given Level 1 travel advisories.
- Saint Kitts and Nevis – CDC indicates a high level of Covid-19
- Poland – CDC indicates a moderate level of Covid-19
- Namibia – CDC indicates a high level of Covid-19
- Mongolia – CDC indicates a high level of Covid-19
Travelers are free to do their own research and decide whether or not to follow through with their travel plans, despite the fact that they provide important information that travelers should be aware of. Regardless of a country’s travel advisory level, travelers should always make sure they have a good travel insurance policy to protect them.