US State Department To Expand Pandemic Travel Advisories

The U.S. State Department announced early on Tuesday that it would be extending its “Do Not Travel” advisory to 80% of the world following an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases around the globe.

The advisory was made “due to unprecedented risk to travelers” following large spikes in COVID infection in many nations across the world. Prior to the announcement, the State Department had already cautioned against travel to 34 countries.

The expanded list will move 80% of the world’s sovereign nations, totaling 130 countries. The State Department noted that the change does not represent a “reassessment of the current health situation” but rather to allow travel systems to better heed Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Most Americans were already banned from flying to European countries, and non-U.S. citizens have been entirely barred from entry. The White House has not provided any kind of timeline for when restrictions may finally ease.

Earlier in April, the CDC made an announcement that fully vaccinated adults could travel within the continental United States at “low-risk”, but CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has discouraged this in the wake of increased cases. 

Rochelle and the CDC said they are advising nobody travel unless they have to, especially unvaccinated individuals.

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