The US State Department will extend the “No Travel” rule to about 80% of the world’s countries, citing the “unprecedented risk to travelers” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This will lead to a significant increase in the number of countries of threat level 4: travel is prohibited, up to about 80% of the countries of the world,” the US Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The State Department has already added 34 of the roughly 200 countries to “Threat Level 4: do not travel,” including Chad, Kosovo, Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Haiti, Mozambique, Russia, and Tanzania.
Most Americans are not allowed to travel across much of Europe due to restrictions related to COVID-19. Washington has imposed entry restrictions on almost all non-US citizens who have recently traveled to much of Europe, China, Brazil, Iran, and South Africa.
The State Department said the move “reflects an adjustment in the State Department’s system of travel recommendations, which is based on an existing epidemiological assessment by the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).”
The CDC has not yet commented on the situation.
This month, the CDC said that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel safely across the United States. However, CDC director Rochelle Walensky recommended that Americans do not do this because of the high level of coronavirus cases across the country. “We know that the number of cases is increasing. I would oppose regular travel in general,” Walensky said. “We do not recommend traveling at this time, especially those who have not been vaccinated.”