Americans who are abroad must urgently return to their homeland – otherwise they will not be able to return home “for an indefinite period of time.”
The US State Department on Thursday warned American citizens not to travel abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic, activating the highest level of warnings about foreign travel.
“The State Department recommends that US citizens avoid any international travel due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Americans who live in the United States must immediately return from countries where commercial options for departure remain available. US citizens who are abroad and do not wish to return must be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. US citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel,” the State Department tweeted.
The State Department added that now “many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and are imposing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders and banning non-citizens from entering without prior notice.”
2/ U.S. citizens traveling abroad that do not wish to return should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel. https://t.co/QxI1KTbfIE https://t.co/MdNHZvjWCY
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) March 19, 2020
“Airlines have canceled many international flights, and some cruise operators have suspended operations or canceled flights. If you decide to travel abroad, your travel plan may be seriously disrupted and you may be forced to stay outside the United States for an indefinite period of time,” the report said.
According to CNN, hundreds of Americans currently abroad, including countries that have restricted travel and closed their borders in an attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak, are seeking to return home. Many of those stranded say they are struggling to get help from the State Department.
Pompeo said the State Department is “doing everything possible to protect American citizens around the world.”