State Department urges US citizens not to travel abroad due to COVID-19 pandemic

(KXII) - The U.S. Department of State is warning citizens to avoid traveling out of the country due to COVID-19, issuing the highest level of travel advisory on Thursday.

The Level 4 Advisory states all U.S. citizens, including those abroad, should avoid international travel.

The department asks that all citizens where "commercial departure remains available" should immediately return "unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period."

The advisory states many counties are implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines as well as closing borders.

Airlines and other means of travel have suspended or canceled trips, which could keep U.S. citizens who travel internationally "outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe."

The State Department says anyone planning to leave the country or already abroad should:

-Consider returning to your country of residence immediately using whatever commercial means are available.

-Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. Government for assistance.

-Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.

-Check with your airline, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

-Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.

-Visit Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.

-Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States

-Visit Keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe.