These are the U.S. travel advisories for January 2021

Jan 2, 2020

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The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted every country in the world and has even reach locations as far as Antarctica. As Americans (and countries around the world) are weathering a surge in COVID-19 cases, 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.

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After six months, the U.S. State Department revoked a March 19 global Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory urging U.S. citizens and residents not to travel abroad except out of absolute necessity.

Instead, the agency has pivoted to highlighting individual countries based on travel risk. As of the time of this publication, 27 countries remain under a strict Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory.

Related: TPG’s ultimate guide to the coronavirus

COVID-19 is still a worldwide threat. Americans experiencing COVID-19 related emergencies overseas should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or call the State Department assistance call center:

Related: Reopening soon? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery

If you have existing travel plans already booked, keep a close eye on local travel restrictions and guidelines 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 and any testing you need. Otherwise, you may not be allowed to travel or worse yet, will be sent home upon arrival.

Related: Opening America: State-by-state guide to coronavirus reopening

In order to help you keep up, TPG maintains a list of all the advisories that have been issued or updated as of Jan. 1, 2021, 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.

For information on travel advisories relating to COVID-19 issued by the CDC, check out our full guide here

Level 4 advisories (Do Not Travel):

Afghanistan
Argentina
Bhutan
Brazil
Burkina Faso
Central African Republic
Cuba
French Guiana
French West Indies
Georgia
Haiti
India
Iran
Iraq
Kosovo
The Kyrgyz Republic
Libya
Mali
North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
Oman
Russia
Somalia
South Sudan
Syria
Turkmenistan
Venezuela
Yemen

Level 3 advisories (Reconsider Travel):

Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Armenia
Aruba
Austria
Azerbaijan
The Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
British Virgin Islands
Bulgaria
Burma (Myanmar)
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Canada
Cayman Islands
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Costa Rica
Croatia
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Finland
France
Gabon
The Gambia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel, The West Bank and Gaza
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritania
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Macedonia
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of the Congo
Romania
Saint Lucia
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Sint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Island
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Timor-Leste
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Level 2 advisories (exercise increased caution):

Antarctica
Australia
Barbados
Benin
Brunei
Cambodia
Cote d’Ivoire
Equatorial Guinea
Fiji
Grenada
Laos
Marshall Island
Mauritius
Micronesia
Nauru
New Caledonia
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Seychelles
South Korea
Tonga
Vanuatu
Vietnam

Level 1 advisories (exercise normal precautions):

Macau
New Zealand
Singapore
Taiwan
Thailand

Featured image of the map of US travel advisories by the U.S. Department of State.

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