The department said in a media note, “It does not reassess the current health status in a given country, but rather reflects an adjustment in the State Department’s travel advisory system to rely more heavily on the CDC’s current epidemiological assessments. . “
In Monday’s note, the department stated that the “COVID-19 epidemic poses unprecedented risks to travelers.”
“In view of those risks, the State Department strongly recommends US citizens to reconsider all foreign travel,” it said.
“As always, we are closely monitoring conditions worldwide, and will regularly update our destination-specific advice to American travelers as conditions evolve,” noted.
There are currently about three dozen countries with State Department Level 4: No Travel Alert – the highest of the travel advisory level. US citizens are warned against traveling to those countries for a variety of reasons, including Kovid-19, crime, and civil unrest.
On its travel advisory page, the CDC notes that “international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for acquiring and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants. “
“The CDC advises you to delay international travel until you have been fully vaccinated,” it says.