Travel Restrictions for US Citizens

As of the day of writing this, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected more than 90,000 people, including at least 118 in the U.S., killing more than 3,100 people, including seven in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University data. The virus is playing into the already long list of travel restrictions for US citizens.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects more countries to face travel restrictions over the Coronavirus.  TSA Administrator David Pekoske, during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security hearing, said, “There will be additional countries, I’m sure, as we continue to work with the task force, and I think those announcements will be relatively soon”.

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US Travel Restriction List

The State Department placed a Level 4 travel warning to all of China, due to the fast-spreading coronavirus. And on Feb. 29 the department extended its highest level of a travel warning to parts of Italy and South Korea because of the coronavirus.

Below are the countries with U.S. travel restrictions because of the Coronavirus as of March 2020:

China and Iran: U.S. travelers should avoid all nonessential travel to these destinations. Entry of foreign nationals from these destinations has been suspended.

South Korea and Italy: CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel.

Japan: CDC recommends that older adults or those who have chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel.

Hong Kong: Travelers should practice usual precautions.

Click here to see State Department travel alerts and list of all countries with travel advisories. 

Stay Healthy When Traveling

Protect Yourself from Germs. Washing your hands often is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself from getting sick. Beyond this, I also travel with a hand sanitizer made with essential oils.

Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Homemade Hand Sanitizer for Travel

I did a little research and realized it’s pretty simple to make a natural homemade hand sanitizer. It’s also much more cost-effective than buying it pre-made. The homemade DIY hand sanitizer recipe I created includes ingredients that are known to be antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal and is also good for your skin!

There are so many great ways to stay healthy when traveling and I believe one of the most important is to build a strong immune system. The above tips and products are my go-to and what are included in my routine to stay healthy when I travel. 

Travel Insurance

If you are getting ready to book a trip, it’s always good advice to also get travel insurance. With the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China and now Italy, you can imagine how useful having insurance would be if you want to cancel or postpone a trip that was already booked.

For anyone who travels often, we highly recommend an annual travel insurance policy which is less expensive than you might imagine. Some are priced as low as $229 per person annually. This is important in case you want to cancel, plus it gives you peace of mind. I recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance

If you are concerned about an upcoming trip, don’t buy into all the hype and misinformation that is currently circulating on social media. Instead, stay informed through reliable sources and when in doubt, contact your travel agent, cruise line or airline for updates. Of course, also speak with your personal physician regarding the real facts of the virus and how to stay healthy when traveling.

Note: Facts are changing quickly with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), thus affecting the list of travel restrictions for US citizens. We will do our best to keep this article updated and timely. If you know of any new developments please share in the comments! 

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this article is not meant to be taken as medical advice. I’m merely sharing the ways I have found to help keep me healthy on my travels. You should consult with your personal doctor to see what’s right for you.


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