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Just a few days back, the State Department issued an advisory stating that U.S citizens should not travel by cruise ship. Given how quickly this is escalating, there’s no surprise that the State Department has issued this advisory. As per this advisory, it’s a Level 3 – which means that US citizens should reconsider travel outside the US.
Advisory: Reconsider Travel Abroad
Given the heightened state of caution, this advisory seems to be on expected lines.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.
The last part of the advisory is particularly important. In the last 24 hours, we’ve seen rapid developments with many countries taking actions and adding restrictions.
President Trump announced last night that the US was going to suspend travel from Europe for to the US (barring the UK) for the next 30 days. You can read more about the announcement here.
India was the most recent country to suspend travel on all non-diplomatic and non-official visas. What this means is that it pretty much shuts any foreign travel into India until April 15th. Also, Indian citizens residing abroad have been advised to postpone non-essential travel to India. You can read the full advisory by India’s Bureau of Immigration here.