The US has issued its latest updates to its travel advisories system, this time handing out Level 4 “Do Not Travel” notices to popular travel destinations such as France, Israel and Thailand. The most severe level of travel advisory that the US can issue, several other nations were also placed into the Level 4 bracket as the US looks to protect its citizens from harm.
With the spread of the more contagious Delta variant the reason for most of the updates, the travel industry has had to readjust following a period of reduced restrictions, and the new updates could be a blow for tourism around the world. Here’s everything you need to know about the new travel advisory notices, plus a look at which other countries received advisory updates.
France at Level 4 – Information For Travelers
With its world-renowned cuisine, galleries and landmarks, there’s little wonder why France is so popular with American travelers, with almost 5 million of them taking the trip across the Atlantic in 2019. However, the decision to move France to Level 4 could result in even fewer Americans making the trip at a time when so many were planning their first big vacations since the pandemic began.
France is in the midst of another wave of Covid-19, with its 7-day average of daily cases passing the 20,000 mark. This is reflected in the country’s travel advisory notice, which warns travelers not to travel due to high levels of Covid-19. In order to attempt to remedy the situation, the country has introduced vaccine passports which will be needed to enter restaurants and other businesses from today.
Level 4 Thailand – What Travelers Should Know
Whilst it has been open for a while now, traveling to Thailand at present – despite promises of empty beaches and bargain accommodation offers – hasn’t exactly been popular, in part due to complicated and pricey entry procedures. Its classification as a Level 4 country is unlikely to help its tourism efforts, with the US’s update coming after the country has consistently reported record daily case numbers and all but shut down domestic travel.
The travel advisory warns not to travel to the country due to high levels of Covid-19; Thailand is currently reporting a 7-day average above 20,000 for the first time this pandemic, and has struggled with its vaccine roll-out. However, its Phuket sandbox scheme may yet be an enticing prospect for travelers with an urge to visit the Land of Smiles. The island is sealed off from the rest of the country at present and boasts high vaccination rates and low case numbers. Find out more about it here.
Iceland’s “Do Not Travel” Notice – Information For Travelers
A country that has grown as a tourist destination in recent years, the “Do Not Travel” advisory was issued by the US Department of State due to high levels of Covid-19 in the country. The country is in the middle of its biggest wave yet, reporting in excess of 100 daily cases routinely in the past month. Whilst the advisory cannot actually prevent people from traveling, travelers may want to wait until the situation has improved before heading off in search of the northern lights and rugged landscapes that helped put Iceland on the map.
Other Updates – What Travelers Should Know
Several other countries also received updates to their travel advisory notices yesterday. Also heading into Level 4 were Laos, French Polynesia, Eswatini and Aruba, whilst Vietnam, Trinidad and Tobago, Malawi, Kenya, Jamaica, El Salvador, Croatia, Bolivia, Azerbaijan and Austria were handed Level 3 travel advisories, warning travelers to “reconsider travel”. The Turks and Caicos Islands, Togo, Singapore, North Macedonia, Moldova, Mauritania, Kosovo, Cameroon and Bulgaria were issued Level 2 notices, which asks travelers to “exercise increased caution”.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories