State Department raises travel advisory to Level 4

Mar 19 2020, 2:30 pm

In an announcement today by the US Department of State, the United States travel advisory warning was raised to Level 4, which means do not travel.

The “Global Health Advisory” posted on Thursday, describes the current state of travel to and from the United States, and urges all citizens to not travel under any non-essential circumstances.

Mentioned in the update, is the potential of an “indefinite period” abroad for those US citizens that decide to remain outside of the United States.

“The Department of State advises US citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” reads the update. “In countries where commercial departure options remain available, US citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.”

The raising of the state of emergency comes only a day after the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Canada agreed to close their joining border to all but essential travelers.

For those who are destined to maintain plans to travel outside of the US, or those finding themselves already outside of the border, are instructed to come home immediately, and double-check with the Department of Homeland Security on specific travel restrictions or bans.

“Airlines have canceled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or canceled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe,” writes the Department of State.

With coronavirus on the rise, the Center for Disease Control is reminding individuals who attend events and gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancelations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.