The U.S. Department of State announced it will be issuing ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel’ advisories for 80% of countries in the coming weeks. In a statement released on Monday, officials recommended that Americans ‘reconsider all travel abroad’. Level 4 is generally reserved for war-torn countries or those that would be considered hostile to U.S. citizens such as Afghanistan and North Korea. It comes two weeks after the CDC issued new guidelines stating that people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the U.S and internationally. The U.S. Department of State announced on Monday it will issue a ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel’ advisory, its highest warning, for about 80 percent of countries. In an official statement, the agency said the risk of COVID-19 while traveling remains too high and urged Americans to ‘reconsider all travel abroad.’ ‘This does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather reflects an adjustment in the State Department’s Travel Advisory system to rely more on CDC’s existing epidemiological assessments,’ the statement read.
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