The Countries Left Off the 'Do Not Travel' Advisory List for Americans

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this week over 100 countries and other areas have been added to the U.S. State Department's "Level 4: Do Not Travel" category, the department's "highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks."

That leaves around 50 countries in the lower-level categories, with only Bhutan currently at Level 1, the lowest advisory level where travelers are told to "exercise normal precautions."

There are 15 countries in the Level 2 category where Americans are told to "exercise increased caution," while 35 countries come with a Level 3 warning advising travelers to "reconsider travel."

Speaking to Newsweek, a State Department official said: "We believe the updated framework will help Americans make better-informed decisions about the safety of international travel. We continue to strongly recommend U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad, and postpone their trips if possible.

"There are currently no restrictions other than travel to North Korea or Cuba in place for U.S. citizens' travel abroad, but the State Department advises against travel to countries with a Travel Advisory of Level 4 as a matter of safety and security. If a U.S. citizen decides to travel there anyway, we strongly urge them to read our information on high-risk travel and heed our advice on how to prepare," the official told Newsweek.

The department's latest update was made in a bid to "better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) science-based Travel Health Notices that outline current issues affecting travelers' health," according to a statement Monday from the department.

The update would result in around 80 percent of countries worldwide falling in the Level 4 category, according to the statement.

As of Thursday, around 150 of the nearly 200 countries and other areas listed on the department's website, have been placed in the Level 4 category, marking a significant rise from the 34 that had previously been put on the list.

Below we take a closer look at the countries that currently do not fall in the "Level 4: Do Not Travel" category, listed in alphabetical order within each list.

See the department's website for the latest update of the advisory level categories.

Countries at Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions

The department explains: "This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel. Conditions in other countries may differ from those in the United States and may change at any time."

  • Bhutan

Countries at Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

The department advises: "Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security," for countries with a Level 2 warning. "Conditions in any country may change at any time," it adds.

  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Liberia
  • Mauritania
  • Palau
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

Countries at Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travelers are advised to "avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security," for countries in the Level 3 category. "Conditions in any country may change at any time," the department says.

  • Angola
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • China
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eswatini
  • French Polynesia
  • Ghana
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Iceland
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Malawi
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Samoa
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten
  • Sudan
  • Taiwan
  • The Gambia
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

Territories and regions with a Level 2 or 3 warning

  • Anguilla (Level 3)
  • British Virgin Islands (Level 3)
  • Cayman Islands (Level 3)
  • Hong Kong (Level 3)
  • Micronesia (Level 3)
  • Montserrat (Level 2)
  • New Caledonia (Level 3)
Milan airport April 2021
A passenger at Malpensa Airport in Milan, on April 3 after disembarking from the first "COVID-tested" and "quarantine-free" flight from New York to northern Italy. Over 100 countries and other areas have been added to the U.S. State Department's "Level 4: Do Not Travel" category. Piero Cruciatti/AFP via Getty Images

The wider picture

Coronavirus has infected more than 143.9 million people, including more than 31.8 million in the U.S., since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 3 million people have died worldwide and more than 82.5 million have recovered as of Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The graphic below, produced by research provider Statista, shows the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people across different countries.

vaccines worldwide 2021

About the writer

Soo Kim is a Newsweek SEO Reporter is based in London, UK. She reports on various trends and lifestyle stories, from health, fitness and travel to psychology, relationships and family issues. She is also a South Korea expert who regularly covers Korean culture/entertainment for Newsweek, including the latest K-dramas, films and K-pop news, and is the author of the book How to Live Korean, which is available in eight languages. Soo also covered the COVID-19 pandemic extensively from 2020 through 2021 after joining the general news desk of Newsweek in 2019 from the Daily Telegraph (a U.K. national newspaper) where she was a travel reporter/editor from 2010. She is a graduate of Binghamton University in New York and the journalism school of City University in London, where she earned a Masters in international journalism. Languages spoken: English and Korean.

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