France, Iceland, and More Added to US Do Not Travel List

France, Iceland, and More Added to US Do Not Travel List

On 9 August, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added several more countries to its Level 4: Covid Very High list. The agency is urging Americans not to visit these countries.

The countries that moved up to Level 4 include:

  • Aruba
  • Eswatini
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Thailand

The CDC has been issuing travel warnings about a growing number of countries since last month.

The US State Department also issued its parallel Level 4: Do Not Travel advisories on these destinations.

According to World Health Organization data, all of these destinations have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The CDC recommends all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested three to five days after they travel. 

Additionally, the agency also recommends that unvaccinated travellers get tested one to three days before leaving the U.S. and that they self-quarantine after travel for up to 10 days. 

US Travel Restrictions

To date, the United States continues to restrict travel from 33 countries worldwide, including Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area (26 countries), South Africa, and the United Kingdom

While exemptions exist for US citizens and lawful permanent residents, including their immediate family members, the travel restrictions will remain in place until lifted by US President Biden.

It has been previously reported that the US officials are drawing up plans to allow vaccinated travellers however no concrete plans have been released. 

Presently, the options to travel to the US from restricted countries are to avoid the travel ban or to apply for a US National Interest Exemption.

Continued US Consular Delays

Delays continue at US consular posts worldwide, both in countries subject to COVID-19 travel bans and countries that are not subject to US travel restrictions. Despite progress toward the resumption of routine visa services in general, US consular posts worldwide continue to face issues due to persistent COVID-19–related challenges, including processing delays, appointment availability, personnel shortages, and local restrictions

As the situation evolves, and as some countries lift restrictions more quickly than others, disparities in consular processing and appointment scheduling have emerged largely based on geographic location. 

Some US embassies and consulates, although operational, are prioritizing applications based on level of importance, with applications for nonimmigrant work visas receiving lower priority than other visa categories. 

What are your thoughts on the growing number of countries on the US Do Not Travel List? Talk to us in the comment section below.

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