US State Department puts 15 Caribbean countries under “Do Not Travel” advisory

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Around 15 Caribbean nations have been put under the “Level 4 – Do Not Travel” advisory of the United States State Department following the COVID-19 outbreak. 

These countries are – 

  1. Antigua and Barbuda, 
  2. Aruba,
  3.  The Bahamas, 
  4. Barbados, 
  5. Belize,
  6.  The British Virgin Islands, 
  7. Curacao,
  8.  Cuba, 
  9. Dominica, 
  10. Grenada, 
  11. Haiti, 
  12. Jamaica, 
  13. Sint Maarten, 
  14. Saint Kitts, and Nevis, 
  15. and Saint Lucia. 

The Caribbean nations that have been placed under level 3 are – Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, and Trinidad and Tobago. 

On the other hand, Dominican Republic is the only Caribbean nation that is placed under Level 2.  

Those heading to Level 3 countries are told to “reconsider travel,” while Level 2 destinations come with an “exercise increased caution” warning. 

The United States State Department stated that paying a visit to a Level 4 nation is bound to have risks. The Department added that these risks could be avoided by following a good hygiene and health and safety practices. 

The Department also asked the travellers to make sure that they read the travel advisory pages for each destination prior they visit in order to be aware of the situation in that specific nation. 

This Level 4 travel warning is bad news for travellers who have already booked pre-planned and prebooked winter vacations to any of these Caribbean destinations.  

These level travel advisory warnings are determined by considering a number of factors that could place travellers in danger. These factors include – crime, terrorist activity, civil unrest, health, natural disaster, serious weather concerns, and current events. 

COVID-19 is one of the pandemics that has impacted the economy of the whole world. The pandemic is a significant factor in deciding the warning level of a nation, with Level 4 countries typically having a large number of cases or a lack of adequate facilities and infrastructure to deal with a significant outbreak. 

While warnings cannot legally prevent a travelling from booking a flight and heading to a location, they can pose other problems.