Published on : Friday, March 20, 2020
On Thursday, the U.S. State Department issued the Level 4 Travel Advisory warning American citizens to refrain from international travel. This is the highest possible level of travel advisory and has only been issued in few countries like North Korea and Iran where travel is considered to be extremely dangerous.
The Level 4 advisory states the ‘Do Not Travel’ rule and instructs U.S. citizens to not travel abroad. It also requires American who are presently scattered overseas to return to the country and shelter at their place. The extreme decision has been undertaken in light of the coronavirus pandemic as COVID-19 cases continue to soar across the globe.
Earlier last week, the United States issued Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory. According to the latest statement, the Department of State has advised every U.S. citizen to avoid all international travel due to the global coronavirus impact. In addition, all U.S. citizens residing abroad have been advised to arrange for an immediate return to the States from countries were commercial departure options remain available unless they have prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time.
The statement mentions that many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and have executed travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines alongside closing borders and restricting foreign individuals to enter the country with prior notice. Most airlines have taken down international flights and multiple cruise operations have either been suspended or cancelled. It also states that if an individual decides to travel internationally, their travel plans may be highly disrupted and they may be subjected to forcefully remain outside of the U.S. for an indefinite timeframe.
Additionally, the U.S State Department said in an official statement that the highest level of advisory has been undertaken due to the greater chance of life-threatening risks. It also mentions that U.S citizens should not travel to and from the country in this time of crisis or as soon as it is safe to do so. However, conditions in any country are susceptible to changes according to the situation.