The US lifts advice to avoid all travel abroad due to the pandemic
The United States withdrew on Thursday, August 6, a warning that recommended its citizens avoid any trip abroad due to the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting improvements.
The State Department said in a statement that instead of that general warning, it will reconsider the situation in each country, case by case.
With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system, it said in a statement.
We uphold the recommendation to the citizens of the United States to exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, the statement added.
The announcement comes as President Donald Trump seeks a quick return to normalcy in the United States, which is by far the most affected country by covid-19 in the world.
The US borders remain closed for most of the passengers coming from the European Union, which in turn maintains an entry ban on Americans due to the risk of contagion.
Under the current rating system, the State Department still recommends taking precautions when visiting most countries.
Among the so-called “Level 1” ranking, which means that there are no special concerns for that destination, there are very few countries, such as Australia and Taiwan, which was widely praised for its handling of the pandemic.
The United States gave a Level 3 status, which means to reconsider travel, to many allies including Britain, France and Germany.
It kept the Level 4 warning to avoid all travel for India, which has seen growing cases of COVID-19.