US warns against travel to 80% of all countries due to COVID-19


April 19, 2021 1:39 p.m. PT
 The State Department also “strongly recommends” US citizens reconsider any travel overseas.






The US is planning to issue Level 4: Do Not Travel advisories for around 80% of all nations, the Department of State said Monday. The travel advisories will be updated this week “to better reflect” current COVID-19 health notices about other countries from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The Department of State strongly recommends US citizens reconsider all travel abroad,” a press release from the department said. “This does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather reflects an adjustment in the State Department’s Travel Advisory system to rely more on CDC’s existing epidemiological assessments.”

The department didn’t say which countries would be added to the list.

The US has vaccinated tens of millions more people than every other nation in the world, with more than 76 million people in America now vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. India, in second place, has fully vaccinated almost 16.5 million people, and is followed by the UK, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Indonesia and Germany. The US sits just outside the top 10 in terms of proportion of the population fully vaccinated, at 23%.

The news comes as global deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 3 million on Monday.