The US State Department has decided to increase its ‘Do Not Travel’ list to 80% of the world’s countries, due to what it considers “an unprecedented risk for travelers” due to the Covid pandemic.
The list does not prohibit travel, but only makes a recommendation on avoiding visits to those places that it considers dangerous. Until now the list was made up of 34 countries and now it rises to a total of 130.
Some of the countries that were already on the list are Chad, Kosovo, Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Haiti, Mozambique, Russia or Tanzania. Now that list is expanded when considering that the risk has increased in practically the whole world.
Spain is on the US list at level 4. In fact, in addition to recommending “not to travel to Spain due to Covid-19” it is also indicated to act “with greater caution” due to “terrorism and civil unrest.”
The page of the United States Department of State also warns that in Spain terrorist groups continue to “plot” possible attacks.
Terrorists can strike with little or no warning, targeting tourist spots, transportation hubs, markets / shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions , airports and others. public areas ”, it indicates on its website.
It also warns that manifestations are common. “They can take place in response to political or economic problems, on politically important holidays and during international events,” explains the US Department.
The expansion of travel recommendations and precautions from the United States to 80% of the countries of the world is justified “not by a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather reflects an adjustment in the travel recommendation system of the Department of Status to build more on existing epidemiological evaluations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The State Department notes that “the Covid-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented risks for travelers.” “In light of these risks, the State Department strongly recommends that US citizens reconsider all travel abroad,” the note said.
On its travel advisories page, the CDC notes that “international travel presents additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk of contracting and possibly spreading new variants of Covid-19.” The CDC recommends delaying international travel until you have a complete vaccine.
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