These are the U.S. travel advisories for October 2020
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The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted every country in the world. As Americans cautiously explore travel in 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.
Instead, the agency has pivoted to highlighting individual countries based on travel risk. As of the time of this publication, more than three dozen countries remain under a strict Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory, including destinations that usually rank high on popular tourism lists such as the Bahamas, Mexico and Argentina.
Taiwan and Macau remain the only two countries or regions on the list that are designated Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. Even New Zealand, which boasts one of the world’s most celebrated containment records, is ranked Level 2: Exercise increased caution for COVID-19.
Americans experiencing COVID-19 related emergencies overseas should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or call the State Department 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
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 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 Oct. 1, 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 4 advisories (Do Not Travel):
Central African Republic
North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
the Kyrgyz Republic
Level 3 advisories (Reconsider Travel):
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Democratic Republic of the Congo
French West Indies
Israel, The West Bank and Gaza
Papua New Guinea
Republic of the Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
United Arab Emirates
Level 2 advisories (exercise increased caution):
Level 1 advisories (exercise normal precautions):
Featured image of the map of US travel advisories by the U.S. Department of State.
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