Press Statement: Global Travel Advisory Level 4 – Do Not Travel

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. However, those who are in countries where commercial departure options remain available but 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. Those who live abroad should avoid all international travel.

For those who choose to travel internationally, they might find their travel plans severely disrupted and may be forced to remain outside the United States for an indefinite time frame as many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.

Please note that the Worldwide Level 4 Health Advisory supersedes the independent Travel Advisories for specific countries, jurisdictions, and areas around the world that we use to inform U.S. citizens of travel conditions. Other specific conditions remain detailed in each country’s Travel Advisory.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification. These departures may limit the ability of U.S. Embassies and consulates to provide services to U.S. citizens.  

For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website and visit  travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.  Please also visit this website frequently to see information on Eswatini’s entry restrictions, quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by the Eswatini government.

Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about evolving health and safety conditions, as well as terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc.

In an emergency, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: +1 888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or +1 202-501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.

For Non-U.S. Citizens, Please Note the Following 

  • Consider returning to your country of residence immediately using whatever commercial means are available.
  • 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 stay up-to-date on Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
  • Visit our Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.