State department issues Global Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory — These are the U.S. travel advisories for April 2020

Mar 31, 2020

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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.

Coronavirus

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:

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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.

Related: TPG’s ultimate guide to the coronavirus

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.

Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Micronesia and Israel, The West Bank and Gaza are under Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisories.

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):

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
Kazakhstan
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyz Republic
Laos
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Moldova
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
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
The Bahamas
Bangladesh
Belgium
Belize
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Burma (Myanmar)
Cameroon
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Ethiopia
France
Germany
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Hong Kong (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19)
India
Jamaica
Japan (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19)
Jordan
Kenya
Kosovo
Macau (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19)
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
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):

Azerbaijan (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19; plus potential involuntary quarantine and other travel restrictions)
Burundi
Chad
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
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)
Lebanon
Micronesia (travel restrictions, limited embassy support)
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Pakistan
South Korea (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19; Level 4, Do Not Travel, issued for Daegu region)
Sudan
Tajikistan (travel restrictions)
Turkmenistan (travel restrictions, potential involuntary quarantine in response to coronavirus concerns)

All current Level 4 advisories (do not travel):

Burkina Faso
Afghanistan
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)
Iraq
Libya
Mali
Mongolia (risk of coronavirus — COVID-19; plus potential involuntary quarantine and other travel restrictions)
North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
Somalia
South Sudan
Syria
Venezuela
Yemen

Additional reporting by Clint Henderson.

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

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