US CDC Reduces Travel Alerts For 61 Countries

Elias Hubbard
Июня 10, 2021

Other countries for which U.S. travel advice was eased include South Africa, which has battled a COVID-19 variant, as well as Greece and Spain, which have been at the forefront of reopening to tourists.

The State Department issued an advisory asking Americans to reconsider travel due to the risk of Covid-19, upgrading a blanket warning earlier not to go.

The US had maintained a Level 2 travel advisory for South Korea since November 23, which advises US travelers to exercise increased caution.

The State Department also elevated 11 nations to say that Americans can exercise normal precautions when traveling there - the standard USA travel advice for developed nations before the pandemic.

South Korea has reported a total of 145,091 infection cases as of Tuesday (Seoul time), with 1,975 deaths.

Costa Rica remains at a Level 4, indicating a "very high level of Covid-19". Other nations at this ranking include Chile, Colombia and Uruguay. Other countries often reciprocate for American citizens based on the department's advisories.

15 destinations were moved to the moderate level, and 34 were placed in the low Covid-19 level.

Even if the State Department follows with its own reduced risk alerts for most of these countries, the travel restrictions barring foreign nationals who were physically present in China, Iran, the European Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and India in the 14-day period before returning to the United States continue to remain in effect.

"But we have to follow the science, and we have to follow the guidance of our public health professionals".

The CDC categorizes the U.S. as a Level 3 country. The CDC said it expects more countries to get lower, more favorable travel ratings.

"This summer we have more direct flights from the U.S. than we've ever had, which shows that Americans want to travel to Greece", the Greek Prime Minister noted earlier in June.

Last week, the first direct flight to Greece from American Airlines landed on Friday at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens. Two or three will depart from JFK airport, and two will take off from Newark Airport.

Delta Air Lines has added two routes from the United States to Greece, one departing from NY and the other from Atlanta.

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