The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States (USA) has relaxed travel recommendations for 61 countries, including Japan, leaving the highest level 4 (do not go) – which was discouraging all trips -, now recommending trips to fully vaccinated individuals, confirmed the agency on Tuesday (8).
The new rankings demote 61 countries to level 3 (avoid going if possible), including France, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Italy. According to the US Department of State, the travel recommendation is in the process of being revised to reflect the CDC’s changes. The agency said the change takes place after reviewing its criteria for travel health notices. The CDC further said that it has also revised its rating for the United States from level 4 to level 3.
On May 24, the State Department opposed trips to Japan, citing a new wave of covid-19 cases before the Tokyo Olympics begin on July 23.
Other countries being downgraded to level 3 include Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Libya, Panama, Poland, Denmark and Malaysia.
Many of the countries that now have lower ratings remain on the US government’s list, subject to severe travel restrictions – and most have been subject to these restrictions since early 2020.
The United States prohibits the entry of almost all non-US citizens who have been to China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, South Africa, Brazil, Iran and the 26 Schengen countries (Convention between countries on the policy of opening of borders and free movement of people) in Europe without border controls in the previous 14 days.
Source: David Shepardson – Reuters Reporter – Washington
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