State Dept. Tells Americans Not to Travel Abroad, If Abroad Arrange for ‘Immediate Return’

By Paul Riegler on 19 March 2020
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The U.S. State Department raised its travel alert to Level 4 for all countries outside the United States in an effort to stop Americans from traveling abroad.

The Level 4 alert, which is unprecedented, said that Americans who travel overseas may find their travel “severely disrupted,” adding that they “may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an extended timeframe.”

Level 4 is the agency’s most severe warning. Most recently, the State Department had issued a Level 4 warning for travel to Italy and South Korea on March 1, 2020.

The department issued a stern warning to those who may already be abroad: “In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.”

The State Department also said it was curtailing passport services and that U.S. citizens will be able to get a passport only for a “qualified life-or-death emergency.”

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