COVID Restrictions Will Never Go Away as Long It Keeps Democrats in Power! US Declares 80% of the World to Dangerous to Travel To
The State Department is in the process of expanding its travel restrictions. The Do Not Travel advisories are slated to include 80 percent of all countries worldwide and 130 countries will be affected. The pandemic and the risk factors that have risen up over the past few months are being blamed.
According to the State Department, there is an “unprecedented risk to travelers”. Chad, Kosovo, Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Haiti, Mozambique, Russia, and Tanzania are all currently included on the Level 4: Do Not Travel list. The State Department is taking guidance from the CDC on the matter at the moment.
That’s our polite way of telling readers that this is the CDC’s fault. The Washington Post has more on this developing story:
“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.
The note said that in addition to reflecting the travel health notices put out by the CDC, the advisories also consider “logistical factors” such as the availability of in-country testing and travel restrictions for U.S. citizens.”
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 20, 2021
This announcement couldn’t come at a worse time for the airline industry. They are preparing to ramp up for an increase in travel now that more Americans are getting vaccinated. The State Department is making a very simple recommendation: everyone who is looking to travel this summer must take the time to research the restrictions for each specific location that they are looking to visit.
For example, countries like Greece are allowing US residents to travel as long as they have proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test to provide. In the meantime, much of Europe has been closed off to American travelers. The restrictions are going to be in place for the foreseeable future, as no end date has been given at the present moment.
South American flights are going to be decreased as well. Per American Airlines: “The U.S. airline said it was suspending service to Manaus, Brazil, from Miami until Nov. 2 and delaying the start of service from New York to Santiago until July 2, instead of the planned May 7 start. It will also reduce the frequency of flights to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, and to Lima from some U.S. airports.”
Airlines have noticed a sizable lack of consistency in the guidance that is being provided. Reuters is offering more background on the guidelines that are being put into place by the CDC and the Biden administration: “Asked for comment on the State Department announcement, Airlines for America, a trade group representing major U.S. carriers, said “the U.S. airline industry has been a strong advocate for the development of a risk-based, data-driven roadmap for restoring international travel.”
The group added it continues “to urge the federal government to transparently establish the criteria – including clear metrics, benchmarks, and a timeline – for reopening international markets.”
Confusion is reigning supreme at the moment and the CDC needs to be taken to task. Take a look at this quote from CDC director Rochelle Walensky and tell us what is wrong here. “Earlier this month, the CDC said people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely travel within the United States at “low risk” but CDC Director Rochelle Walensky discouraged Americans from doing so because of high coronavirus cases nationwide.
“We know that right now we have a surging number of cases. I would advocate against general travel overall,” Walensky said on April 2. “We are not recommending travel at this time, especially for unvaccinated individuals.”
The confusion needs to stop! People must be given the chance to exercise their own common sense about these things. It’s the only way forward.