• On Thursday, the U.S. Department of State urged citizens to avoid international travel as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow
  • Citizens outside of the United States were told to prepare to “remain abroad for an indefinite period”
  • As multiple countries battle to control the outbreak of COVID-19, quarantine measures are restricting travel on a global level

On Thursday, the Department of State urged U.S citizens to avoid international travel due to the potential global impact of COVID-19.

The statement urged citizens outside of the United States where commercial departure options remain available to immediately make arrangements to return. Citizens not returning to the United States were warned to prepare to “remain abroad for an indefinite period.”

Over 177 countries are currently being affected by COVID-19 — with multiple countries fighting serious outbreaks — and implementing suppression tactics that include mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizen entry with little to no advance notice. Airlines and cruise operators have also been suspending travel and canceling trips.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification.  These departures may limit the ability of U.S. Embassies and consulates to provide services to U.S. citizens.

U.S. Department of State

Currently, the Global Health Advisory is at “Level 4: Do Not Travel.” Those insisting on international travel are urged to return to their country of residence using whatever commercial means are available. The State Department has also suggested having a travel plan in place that does not rely upon the U.S. Government for assistance.

You can find travel restrictions by either visiting travel.state.gov or by going to Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for further information on conditions in specific countries or jurisdictions.

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