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US Department of State releases 7 new travel bulletins

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As part of its efforts to keep American citizens safe and healthy while traveling abroad, the US Department of State has just released new travel advisories for 7 countries around the world. The latest updates were posted on the State Department website just yesterday, providing travelers with accurate and up-to-date information to help them decide if it’s safe to travel this summer to one of the seven countries in question.

The latest travel advisory updates are extremely broad in scope, covering seven countries on five different continents, including one of the most popular travel destinations in the world for American travelers, the Dominican Republic. Here’s a look at what each of the seven new travel tips have to say about traveling to the countries included in the updates, as well as a brief overview of what travel tips are and what role they play in travel.

What are travel advisory updates? Travel Information

Traveler fact sheets are concise yet detailed pieces of information that inform travelers about the various risks associated with traveling to a specific location. The State Department distributes travel advisories for every country in the world, even to the point of issuing special advisories for different regions of the country if necessary. They are color-coded and come in four different levels to make it easier for travelers to quickly determine if a visit to a vacation destination is suitable, although they cannot completely prevent a traveler from making a trip.

The levels are as follows:

  • Level 1 – Take normal precautions (blue)
  • Level 2 – Exercise Extra Care (Yellow)
  • Level 3 – Revisit Journey (orange)
  • Level 4 – Do not travel (red)

Travel advice covers a wide range of topics such as crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health care, natural disasters, limited-time events, kidnappings, and others. As a result of the pandemic, each country’s travel advisory page also includes a note from the CDC regarding its Covid-19 level, which is either unknown, low, moderate, or high.

Latest Travel Advisory Updates: What Travelers Should Know

Kuwait was the only country in yesterday’s seven travel advisory updates to receive a Level 1 warning, suggesting it is one of the safest destinations in the world. However, his page warns travelers not to travel to the desert area close to the Iraqi border due to the prevalence of unexploded ordnance and to exercise extra caution in Kuwait’s Jelib al-Shuyukh region due to crime. The CDC also points to high levels of Covid-19, making the country not entirely safe.

Two countries – Djibouti and Dominican Republic Level 2 travel advisories have been issued. Travelers are asked to exercise extra caution in Djibouti due to terrorism and crime…

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