Covid: US lifts international well being journey advisory; Urges residents to not go to India, China

Washington, August 7

The US has lifted the best stage of its international well being journey advisory for Americans because of the coronavirus pandemic and restored the earlier country-specific system with out altering the standing of over 50 international locations, together with that of India and China.

The US state division issued the Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory — the best stage of journey advisory — on March 19, urging American residents to not journey abroad because of the coronavirus pandemic.

India stays on Level Four of the journey advisory together with greater than 50 international locations, together with China. This implies that the US urges its residents to not journey to India because of the rising coronavirus circumstances.

The state division, in its newest journey advisory on India issued on Thursday, mentioned: “Do not travel to India due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism”.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 (keep away from non-essential journey) Travel Health Notice for India as a result of COVID-19, it mentioned.

Travellers to India could expertise border closures, airport closures, journey prohibitions, keep at dwelling orders, enterprise closures and different emergency situations inside India because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it mentioned.

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch advised reporters throughout a convention name that the State Department, in shut coordination with the CDC, has lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory and has returned to the earlier system of country-specific ranges of journey recommendation, with ranges from 1 to Four relying on country-specific situations.

The CDC has equally eliminated its Level 3 Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice. This essential change displays the fact that well being and security situations are enhancing in some international locations whereas doubtlessly deteriorating in others, he mentioned.

By returning to the country-specific journey advisory system, the US is ready to give Americans detailed and actionable info to make knowledgeable journey selections, he mentioned.

“The COVID-19 pandemic poses significant risks for travellers and our destination-specific advisories take into account the latest data and public health and safety analysis on COVID-related risks,” Risch mentioned.

Among different international locations which have been placed on Level Four of journey, advisory embrace Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Mexico, Egypt, and Brazil.

Although the steerage from the state division has been lifted, American travellers proceed to face journey restrictions in international locations worldwide because of the rising circumstances of the lethal illness within the United States.

According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the contagion has contaminated over 19 million individuals and killed greater than 713,000 internationally.

The US is the worst affected nation with over 4.eight million circumstances and greater than 1,60,000 deaths.

The European Union has blocked the entry of US vacationers, and the UK requires travellers from the US to quarantine for 14 days. PTI

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