• Tom Drake

U.S. State Department issues travel warning for 100 countries

State Department will follow the lead of the CDC.

In an effort to get on the same page as the CDC, The US State Department announced on Monday that they would increase to 100 the amount of countries that Americans should not travel to.

Although the CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated American citizens could travel safely the CDC still lists 80 countries on their level 4 do not travel list. Here is the latest advisory from the state department. "The Covid-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers. In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad."

The State Department also continues to warn Americans away from taking a cruise anywhere despite the successful and safe cruises now being operated in Europe and Asia.

U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship at this time. The CDC notes there is increased risk of infection of COVID-19 on cruise ships. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that deny port entry rights to ships and prevent passengers from disembarking.

CDC notes that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, non-essential travel, and especially avoiding cruise ships. Passengers with plans to travel by cruise ship should contact their cruise line companies directly for further information, continue to monitor the website, and read the latest information from the CDC

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