The State Department said Monday that it continues to urge Americans against traveling abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic and that it would begin to update its travel advisories to be more aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisories – an update that “will result in a significant increase in the number of countries at Level 4: Do Not Travel, to approximately 80% of countries worldwide.”
“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 CDC's existing epidemiological assessments,” the agency’s statement said.
Level 4: Do Not Travel is the highest State Department travel advisory level.
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers,” it noted. “In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad.”