Avoid Wuhan, China, to minimize virus exposure: These are the U.S. travel advisories for January 2020

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More travelers than ever are favoring international trips. And as Americans plan our international travel for 2020, 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.

Wuhan, Hubei, China

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Hubei Province in north-central China due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has separately issued a Warning Level 3 Alert (Avoid Nonessential Travel) due to the infectious nature of the disease.

Related: China shuts down major city as deadly virus spreads

The other provinces in China remain at a Level 2 advisory. Dual U.S.-Chinese citizens should be aware of an ongoing issue with “exit bans,” where the Chinese government may harass, threaten or detain dual-passport travelers, sometimes for years, without access to U.S. consular services. “U.S. citizens only become aware of the exit ban when they attempt to depart China, and there is no method to find out how long the ban may continue.” Travelers are advised to only enter the country on U.S. passports bearing valid Chinese visas, and to check the State Department page for additional guidance.

Iraq

Americans should continue to remain vigilant after the U.S. assassination of prominent Iranian General Qassim Suleimani on Jan. 2. Iran has promised retaliation, and some analysts are warning Americans to be especially cautious while traveling overseas. The U.S. State Department has urged all Americans to leave Iraq.

U.S. citizens remain at increased risk for kidnapping and terrorism. As of Dec. 31, 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq has suspended public consular services until further notice, due to damage done by Iranian-backed terrorist attacks on the embassy compound. The U.S. Consulate General Erbil remains open and continues to provide consular services. As noted above, the United States is warning all Americans to leave Iraq immediately.

Additional updates:

Australia regions affected by bushfires are under Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. The rest of the country is under Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions advisory.

Bolivia dropped to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution from Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Costa Rica moved to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution from Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.

Timor-Leste moved to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution from Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.

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In order to help you keep up, TPG maintains a list of all the advisories that have been issued or updated as of Jan. 24, 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.

(Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of State)

Level 1 advisories (exercise normal precautions):

Albania
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Barbados
Belarus
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
Botswana
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Canada
Cayman Islands
Comoros
Croatia
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Eswatini
Finland
French Polynesia
French West Indies
Gabon
Georgia
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyz Republic
Laos
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Malaysia
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
New Caledonia
New Zealand
North Macedonia
Norway
Oman
Palau
Panama
Paraguay
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Island
South Korea
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
The Gambia
Togo
Tonga
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Zambia

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Level 2 advisories (exercise increased caution):

Algeria
Antarctica
Azerbaijian
The Bahamas
Bangladesh
Belgium
Belize
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Burma (Myanmar)
Cameroon
Chile
China (excluding Hubei province, which is at Level 4: Do Not Travel)
Colombia
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Ethiopia
France
Germany
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Israel, The West Bank and Gaza
Italy
Jamaica
Jordan
Kenya
Kosovo
Madagascar
Malawi
Maldives
Mauritania
Mexico
Morocco
Nepal
Netherlands
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Republic of the Congo
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Tajikistan
Tanzania
The Bahamas
The Kyrgyz Republic
Timor-Leste
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Zimbabwe

Level 3 advisories (reconsider travel):

Burundi
Chad
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
Lebanon
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Pakistan
Sudan

All current Level 4 advisories (do not travel):

Burkina Faso
Afghanistan
Central African Republic
China (Hubei province)
Iran
Iraq
Libya
Mali
North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
Somalia
South Sudan
Syria
Venezuela
Yemen

Additional reporting by Clint Henderson.

This article has been updated as of 1/3/20.

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

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