State department issues Global Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory — These are the U.S. travel advisories for April 2020
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Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. This article was last updated on March 23, 2020.
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:
- From the U.S. & Canada – 1-888-407-4747
- From Overseas – +1 202-501-4444
- Enroll in STEP — the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
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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.
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.”
The U.S. government has set Mongolia at a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and Mongolia’s subsequent decision to suspend all travel to and from foreign locations through March 28.
Indonesia is also under Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory. Take note, travelers who were planning on visiting Bali.
If you have existing travel plans already booked, you should cancel or postpone all of your trips to minimize further spread of the disease. The only type of travel insurance that offers a partial refund is “cancel for any reason” (CFAR) travel insurance. However, a number of airlines are offering flexible schedule changes and refunds for disrupted travel.
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, TPG maintains a list of all the advisories that have been issued or updated as of March 23, 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.
Further reading: TPG’s ultimate guide to traveling during the coronavirus pandemic
Level 1 advisories (exercise normal precautions):
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
British Virgin Islands
French West Indies
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
United Arab Emirates
Level 2 advisories (exercise increased caution):
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hong Kong (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19)
Japan (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19)
Macau (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19)
Papua New Guinea
Republic of the Congo
The Kyrgyz Republic
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Level 3 advisories (reconsider travel):
Azerbaijan (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19; plus potential involuntary quarantine and other travel restrictions)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Israel, The West Bank and Gaza (limited embassy support due to coronavirus precautions)
Italy (risk of coronavirus and terrorism; Level 4, Do Not Travel, issued for Lombardy and Veneto region)
Micronesia (travel restrictions, limited embassy support)
South Korea (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19; Level 4, Do Not Travel, issued for Daegu region)
Tajikistan (travel restrictions)
Turkmenistan (travel restrictions, potential involuntary quarantine in response to coronavirus concerns)
All current Level 4 advisories (do not travel):
Central African Republic
China (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19)
Indonesia (limited embassy support available in light of coronavirus — COVID-19)
Iran (terrorism, risk of coronavirus — COVID-19)
Mongolia (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19; plus potential involuntary quarantine and other travel restrictions)
North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
Additional reporting by Clint Henderson.
Featured image of the map of US travel advisories by the U.S. Department of State.