State Dept. to designate most countries with ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory

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“This alignment better reflects the current, unpredictable, and ever-evolving threat posed by covid-19,” the department said in an email. “We continue to strongly recommend U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad, and postpone their trips if possible.”

In a media note, the department said the change doesn’t “imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country,” but instead indicates a change in the advisory system to rely more heavily on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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State Department To Issue Travel Warnings Amid ‘Unprecedented’ COVID-19 Risks : NPR

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The U.S. Department of State will add a slew of countries to its “Do Not Travel List” later this week because of coronavirus danger.

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The U.S. Department of State will add a slew of countries to its “Do Not Travel List” later this week because of coronavirus danger.

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The U.S. State Department on Monday announced plans to expand travel advisories, urging U.S. citizens to stay home as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose “unprecedented risks” around the globe.

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US warns against travel to 80% of all countries due to COVID-19

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All overseas travel is being discouraged by the US government.


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The US is planning to issue Level 4: Do Not Travel advisories for around 80% of all nations, the Department of State said Monday. The travel advisories will be updated this week “to better reflect” current COVID-19 health notices about other countries from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The Department of State strongly recommends US citizens reconsider all travel abroad,” a press release from the department said. “This does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather reflects an

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Australia and New Zealand Begin Travel Bubble, Reuniting Families

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Airports in Australia and New Zealand were filled with emotional scenes on Monday as thousands of passengers were allowed to travel freely between the two countries for the first time in more than a year.

The travel bubble, among the first of its kind in the world, establishes reciprocal quarantine-free movement between the two Pacific nations, subject to certain conditions. While most Australian states have waived quarantine for travelers from New Zealand since late last year, New Zealand had until Monday been hesitant to extend the same treatment to travelers from Australia.

Many travelers reunited

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Try mental time travel to cope with the pandemic

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could peek into the future to reassure ourselves? That’s not actually possible, but there is a psychological technique for regulating emotions that employs this idea. It’s called “temporal distancing,” and you can think of it as mental time travel. If the concept sounds familiar, it’s a bit like reminding yourself of the ancient adage “this, too, shall pass.”  I consulted three experts about how to do it and why it works.

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Joy, Relief In Airports As Australia And New Zealand Open ‘Travel Bubble’ : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

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Families are reunited as travelers arrive on the first flight from Sydney in Wellington on Monday after Australia and New Zealand opened a trans-Tasman quarantine-free travel bubble.

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Families are reunited as travelers arrive on the first flight from Sydney in Wellington on Monday after Australia and New Zealand opened a trans-Tasman quarantine-free travel bubble.

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On Monday, Australia and New Zealand launched their long-anticipated travel bubble that will allow residents of each country to visit the other without having to quarantine upon

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Gov. Ige set to announce new inter-island travel rules Tuesday

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Gov. David Ige plans on Tuesday to make an unspecified “important announcement” about inter-island travel, Ige told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Spotlight Hawaii” program today.

Ige offered no specifics but said the announcement is intended to make it “easier for people to travel.”

Asked about the surge of tourists as COVID-19 vaccinations are now readily available — including to 16 year olds as of today — Ige said that discussions continue with the Hawaii Tourism Authority on how to better manage the number of tourists and lessen potential conflicts with residents.

One possibility, Ige said, would be to limit access to

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Australia-New Zealand travel bubble launches with lopsided demand

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A testing and quarantine free travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand launched with lopsided demand, according to airlines and data firms, with an unusually high number of the travellers departing from Australia.

FILE PHOTO: A passenger arrives from New Zealand after the Trans-Tasman travel bubble opened overnight, following an extended border closure due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The initial results from Asia’s first restriction-free travel bubble since the pandemic hit, which opened on Monday, showed that travel patterns can depart from their norms

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U.S. will boost ‘Do Not Travel’ advisories to 80% of world

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Travelers walk through a pick-up area in the arrivals section at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, U.S. April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

The U.S. State Department said on Monday it will boost its “Do Not Travel” guidance to about 80% of countries worldwide, citing “unprecedented risk to travelers” from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Department already listed 34 out of about 200 countries as “Level 4: Do Not Travel,” including places like Chad, Kosovo, Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Haiti, Mozambique, Russia and Tanzania.

“This update will result in a significant increase in the number of countries at Level 4: Do

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Greece opens its doors to Covid-free travelers

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(CNN) — Greece has lifted quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers and those testing negative for Covid-19 from key tourism markets, including Europe, the UK and the United States, in what officials called “baby steps” on the road back to normality.

But while qualifying visitors will be able to check into hotels to enjoy Greek sunshine and beaches, they’ll be subject to the same restrictions as locals, meaning restaurants and bars will remain off limits, except for takeaways.

The move marks the first time the country has been open to American visitors since March 2020 when Greece entered its first lockdown

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