Hi , despite travelers favoring international trips more than they ever have in the past, the global coronavirus pandemic has impacted every country in the world. As Americans plan international travel for 2020 and beyond, it’s important to revisit the travel advisories that have been issued by the U.S. Department of State, especially as these advisories are constantly being updated.
On March 19, the U.S. State Department announced a global Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory urging U.S. citizens and residents not to travel abroad except out of absolute necessity; to return home if they are currently out of the country; or to shelter in place if they cannot or do not want to return to the U.S. right now.
Country-specific information related to the coronavirus can be found here.
Americans experiencing COVID-19 related emergencies overseas should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or call the Department State assistance call center:
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Beginning March 14, the United States also suspended entry for foreign nationals who have stayed in or passed through the Schengen area of Europe within the last 14 days prior to reaching American soil. The ban was extended on March 16 to include travelers who had recently passed through the United Kingdom and Ireland.
On May 24, the U.S. ban flights and foreigners coming from Brazil where there have been more than 365,000 confirmed cases and counting.
U.S. citizens and residents returning from restricted countries must pass through specific airports on their way back to the country, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The State Department still has an unprecedented Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory at a worldwide level. “Reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19,” said a statement on the Department’s website. “Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.”
Currently, 17 countries are under a strict Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory including Indonesia, China and Mongolia.
In the short term, a number of airlines are offering flexible schedule changes and refunds for disrupted travel. but be sure to consider travel insurance to ensure against airline or travel supplier goes into financial default. See attached information from our preferred supplier Travelex Insurance.
Many countries have issued travel restrictions or additional entry requirements for U.S. travelers entering foreign nations. Before you travel, be sure to check the requirements from the country or countries you plan to visit, in order to ensure you have all the documents you need. Otherwise, you may not be allowed to travel or worse yet, will be sent home upon arrival.
In order to help you keep up, Isle Travel maintains a list of all the advisories that have been issued or updated as of May 25, 2020, including all of the Level 4 advisories to date. You can also find the complete list of travel advisories on the State Department’s website.
Level 1 advisories (exercise normal precautions):
Level 2 advisories (exercise increased caution):
Level 3 advisories (reconsider travel):
All current Level 4 advisories (do not travel):