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The US Puts 80% of the World’s Countries at Level 4: Do Not Travel

Written by Charlie

This week, the US raised their Travel Advisory list for 80% of countries to the highest level – a Level 4. This means Do Not Travel and it includes Antarctica. Here is the complete list and why this is happening.

The US State Department has been busy the last couple of days as they have raised 80% of the countries of the world to a Level 4 Travel Advisory. A Level 4 is the highest warning level assigned by the US and it means Do Not Travel. What does this mean?

The US Raises Advisory Level for 80% of the World to Level 4: Do Not Travel

Read More: What Does a US Travel Advisory Mean?

This first happened in May of last year as the US put worldwide travel at Level 4. They reduced it for many countries a few months later – after the summer travel season had ended.

Why is So Much of the World at Level 4 – in the Eyes of the US?

It is true that there are many countries that are experiencing higher than every outbreaks (India hit their highest numbers ever) but it is also true that more people are testing as tests are more widely available and more people are getting vaccinated.

In many of these countries where the US has now put a Level 4 advisory, the numbers may be high but are still in the same positivity rate that they have had for almost a year. For example, in Greece, the numbers are averaging around 3,000 positives a day but that has still maintained around an average of a 5% positivity rate – the same as when the positivity numbers were much lower last year.

Many countries are trying to determine the ability to open up and remove restrictions again so it would not be a surprise that testing is becoming part of that toolbox. This will certainly mean that positivity numbers will go up for many countries. In fact, in Greece, even the viral load samples that are being conducted in the sewers have shown that the levels are higher now than before (in Athens, for example).

Should You Travel?

Does this mean that you should still travel? You will not get a “yes” or “no” from me on that! While the US travel advisory is just that – an advisory – it is still something that you should consider for yourself before you do that. There is no question that there are places on the globe where you may be safer from catching it than in the US but you also do need to consider one big thing when you decide on travel.

That big thing is the hospital situation in the country/countries you plan on visiting. Again, in Greece, the number of intubations and Covid ICU beds that have been filled as reached very high levels to the point that they recruited private doctors and hospitals/clinics to help in the fight. If you were to travel to Greece and become very sick, you may find the healthcare situation not as capable of caring for you as it might be at another time.

So, consider that as a major factor if you decide to travel – what is the healthcare system like where you are going and how obtainable is the help you may need if you become very sick from the virus or something else.

Countries all over the world are starting to signal to Americans that they are opening for tourism – especially if you are fully vaccinated. Greece has already opened its doors to Americans who are vaccinated or have a negative PCR test and they plan on welcoming even more in just under a month.

I will say this – I believe most travelers will feel far more comfortable traveling this time around than last summer and I still think that many Americans will be heading abroad in the next few weeks, regardless of a US State Department travel advisory.

The List of Countries and Their Advisory Levels

Below is a complete list of all the countries and their assigned Travel Advisory levels for you to see for yourself. Yes, you will find even Antarctica on this list (which I had written about before when it first had cases pop up) – just in case you planned on traveling there!

CountryLevelDate
Afghanistan Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Albania Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Algeria Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Andorra Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Angola Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Anguilla Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Antarctica Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Antigua and Barbuda Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Argentina Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Armenia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Aruba Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Australia Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Austria Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Azerbaijan Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Bahrain Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Bangladesh Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Barbados Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Belarus Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Belgium Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Belize Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 20, 2021
Benin Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 20, 2021
Bermuda Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Bhutan Travel AdvisoryLevel 1: Exercise Normal PrecautionsApril 20, 2021
Bolivia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Botswana Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Brazil Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
British Virgin Islands Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Brunei Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Bulgaria Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Burkina Faso Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Burma (Myanmar) Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Burundi Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Cabo Verde Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Cambodia Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Cameroon Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Canada Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Cayman Islands Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Central African Republic Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Chad Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Chile Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
China Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Colombia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Comoros Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Costa Rica Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Cote d'Ivoire Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Croatia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Cuba Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Curacao Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 9, 2021
Cyprus Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Czech Republic Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Denmark Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Djibouti Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Dominica Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Dominican Republic Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Ecuador Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Egypt Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
El Salvador Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Equatorial Guinea Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Eritrea Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Estonia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Eswatini Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Ethiopia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Fiji Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 20, 2021
Finland Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
France Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
French Guiana Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
French Polynesia Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
French West Indies Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Gabon Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Georgia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Germany Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Ghana Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Greece Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Grenada Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 20, 2021
Guatemala Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Guinea Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Guinea-Bissau Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Guyana Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Haiti Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Honduras Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Hong Kong Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Hungary Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Iceland Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
India Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Indonesia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Iran Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Iraq Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Ireland Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Israel, The West Bank and Gaza Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Italy Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Jamaica Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Japan Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Jordan Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Kazakhstan Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Kenya Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Kiribati Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Kosovo Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Kuwait Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Laos Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Latvia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Lebanon Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Lesotho Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Liberia Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 21, 2021
Libya Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Liechtenstein Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Lithuania Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Luxembourg Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Macau Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Madagascar Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Malawi Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Malaysia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Maldives Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Mali Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Malta Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Marshall Islands Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Mauritania Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 21, 2021
Mauritius Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Mexico Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Micronesia Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Moldova Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Mongolia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Montenegro Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Montserrat Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 21, 2021
Morocco Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Mozambique Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Namibia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Nauru Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Nepal Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Netherlands Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
New Caledonia Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
New Zealand Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Nicaragua Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Niger Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Nigeria Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
North Macedonia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Norway Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Oman Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Pakistan Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Palau Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 20, 2021
Panama Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Papua New Guinea Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Paraguay Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Peru Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Philippines Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Poland Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Portugal Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Qatar Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Republic of the Congo Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Romania Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Russia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Rwanda Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 21, 2021
Saint Kitts and Nevis Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 20, 2021
Saint Lucia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Samoa Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Sao Tome and Principe Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Saudi Arabia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Senegal Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Serbia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Seychelles Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Sierra Leone Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Singapore Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 20, 2021
Sint Maarten Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Slovakia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Slovenia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Solomon Island Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Somalia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
South Africa Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
South Korea Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 20, 2021
South Sudan Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Spain Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Sri Lanka Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 21, 2021
Sudan Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Suriname Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Sweden Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Switzerland Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Syria Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Taiwan Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Tajikistan Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Tanzania Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Thailand Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 20, 2021
The Bahamas Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
The Gambia Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
The Kyrgyz Republic Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Timor-Leste Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Togo Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 20, 2021
Tonga Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Tunisia Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Turkey Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Turkmenistan Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Turks and Caicos Islands Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Tuvalu Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Uganda Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Ukraine Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
United Arab Emirates Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
United Kingdom Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Uruguay Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Uzbekistan Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 21, 2021
Vanuatu Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Venezuela Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Vietnam Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 20, 2021
Worldwide CautionCautionJanuary 15, 2019
Yemen Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelApril 20, 2021
Zambia Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelApril 21, 2021
Zimbabwe Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionApril 21, 2021
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Charlie

Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
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7 Comments

  • When are we going to stop listening to this stuff. Israel is on the list? Really. They are nearing herd immunity and are down to about 100 new cases per day. They lead most of the world in vaccinations. Silly.

    • I am at somewhat of a loss for the exact reason for this move right now – especially with countries like Israel on the list. They just lifted the mask mandate for outdoors there! The only thing I can really point to is that maybe they are trying to keep people from traveling until they come up with some kind of a system for their vaccine passport ideas (the US, I mean)?
      I think that this does point to the idea that the US is not ready to remove EU/UK and others from their no-entry list. Curious to see where the US will go with this.

  • Charlie’s point about getting critical care in the country you are in if needed is really the defining point for me. I am not concerned one bit about traveling to Greece at the beginning of fall this year in September. However, I would pause a moment right now due to the hospitalization and ICU admissions given healthcare in the US v Greece in general. Even being fully vaccinated which we are.

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