The Omicron variant that is causing a record number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has forced the US State Department to work overtime.
Just two weeks into the new year, the State Department has already issued nearly 40 new advisories warning Americans against travel to certain countries.
This alone includes 23 advisories that are new or updated in the past week, including several labeled with the Level 4 designation as a high-risk destination.
Belarus, Canada, Curacao, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Jamaica all received Level 4 warnings. Three were COVID-related and are among the most popular places for Americans to visit – Canada, which of course shares a long border with the United States, and Curacao and Jamaica, two popular Caribbean destinations for cruise passengers, at a time when the cruise industry is once again dealing with virus outbreaks and carrying out route adjustments.
The other Level 4 warnings were due to domestic terrorism in Indonesia, capricious law enforcement – especially for tourists – in Belarus and civil unrest in Ethiopia.
The countries of Peru, Zimbabwe, Zambia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Rwanda, Lesotho, El Salvador, DR Congo, Cabo Verde, Bahrain and Armenia have all been classified as Level 3 risks by the State Department. Level 3 calls to avoid non-essential travel.
Level 2 – apply enhanced precautions – was the designation given to Togo, Sao Tome and Principe, Liberia, Kuwait and Fiji. There were no new or updated Level 1 warnings.
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