Some restrictions lifted; These are the U.S. travel advisories for August 2020

Aug 17, 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.

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The U.S. State Department just 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 early August, more than 50 countries are under a strict Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory, including destinations that are usually high on popular tourism lists such as the Bahamas, Mexico and Argentina.

Related: TPG’s ultimate guide to the coronavirus

COVID-19 is still a worldwide threat, particularly for foreign countries accepting U.S. visitors, where cases have far surpassed the five million mark.

Americans experiencing COVID-19 related emergencies overseas should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or call the Department State 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 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 Aug. 17, 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):

Afghanistan
Argentina
Bangladesh
Belize
Bhutan
Bolivia
Brazil
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Central African Republic
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dominican Republic
Egypt
El Salvador
Eswatini
Ethiopia
French Guiana
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Libya
Malawi
Mali
Mexico
Mongolia
Namibia
Nicaragua
North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
Panama
Peru
Russia
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
South Sudan
Syria
Tajikistan
the Bahamas
the Kyrgyz Republic
Turkmenistan
Venezuela
Yemen

Level 3 advisories (Reconsider Travel):

Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Benin
Bermuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
British Virgin Islands
Bulgaria
Burma (Myanmar)
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cayman Islands
Chad
Chile
Comoros
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ecuador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Finland
France
French West Indies
Gabon
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel, The West Bank and Gaza
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Micronesia
Moldova
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Niger
Nigeria
North Macedonia
Norway
Pakistan
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of the Congo
Romania
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Island
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
the Gambia
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Related: We’re calling it now: The 20 hottest travel destinations of 2020

Level 2 advisories (exercise increased caution):

Antarctica
Brunei
Fiji
French Polynesia
Hong Kong
Mauritius
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Thailand

Level 1 advisories (exercise normal precautions):

Macau
Taiwan

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

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