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Understanding the Implications of Travel Advisories

Understanding the Implications of Travel Advisories

by Proforma Construction, April 9, 2020

What to know about travel advisories.

Now that you have booked your flights and made your hotel reservations for your spring vacation, you may assume that the only thing you need to worry about is packing your bags.  However, if the government issues a travel advisory, then this can put your whole trip at risk.  To ensure that you are prepared for the worst, here’s what you should know about travel advisories.

  • What is a Travel Advisory?

Travel advisories are official warnings issued by the U.S. government.  These warnings provide information about the relative safety of traveling or visiting a certain country or location.  Travel advisories are meant to help travelers make informed safety and security decisions when traveling to potentially risky destinations.  Travel advisories are often issued for inclement weather, security concerns, civil unrest, or disease outbreaks.

  • What Do Travel Advisories Mean for Your Plans?

If a travel advisory is issued for the country you are traveling to, this does not necessarily mean that you should cancel your vacation.  There are different levels of travel advisories, and your plans should depend on the threat level.  For instance, Level 1 advisories mean that you should exercise regular precautions, but are otherwise safe to visit a location.  Level 2 advisories warn that you should exercise increased caution.  While you can still travel, you need to be very wary and perhaps only travel under the protection of professional guides or with an organization.

It is only when you reach higher level advisories that you run into serious trouble.  Level 3 advisories ask you to reconsider travel.  In January 2020, travel to China was marked a Level 3 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, or coronavirus.  At this threat level, many U.S. airlines will automatically start canceling flights.  When Level 4 advisories are issued, travel is not permitted.  In February, China was upgraded to a Level 4 threat with Wuhan under complete quarantine for coronavirus.  At this point, no travelers can enter or leave the county.

This is what you need to know about travel advisories and what they mean for your vacation plans.  Need help with a commercial construction project this spring?  If so, then contact the experts at Proforma Construction.   Serving Pleasanton and the surrounding California area, our highly-trained team is ready to make your commercial construction dreams a reality.