This week, the US State Department added at least 116 countries to its “do not travel” list.
The destinations that will receive the highest rating of the fourth level include the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Israel, Mexico, Germany and others.
Earlier this week, the State Department said it would increase the number of countries receiving the highest advisory ratings to about 80 percent of the world’s countries.
By Tuesday, the department listed 34 of the roughly 200 countries as “not traveling.”
The statement explains that the recent changes do not mean a reassessment of the current health situation in some countries.
Most likely, this move reflects adjustments to the Department of Travel’s travel advisory system to rely more on existing epidemiological assessments (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
The recommendations are optional and do not prohibit Americans from traveling.
Other countries with the highest ratings include Finland, Egypt, Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.
Most Americans have already been banned from traveling to much of Europe due to Covid-19 restrictions.
On Tuesday, the United States extended an additional 30-day limit of 13 months, banning minor travel on its Canadian and Mexican borders.