US eases travel restrictions on India amid dip in Covid cases

Washington DC: Amid the recent dip in Covid-19 cases in India, the United States has eased travel restrictions for the country, lowering it from the highest Level 4, which means no travel, to Level 3.

“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice and the Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory advising against all travel to India,” the State Department said. Level 3 encourages US citizens to reconsider travel to the country due to serious risks to safety and security. The CDC has also eased travel recommendations on Pakistan.

The improvement of the travel advisory by the State Department comes in an acknowledgment of the easing Covid-19 pandemic situation in the region. The advisory urges US citizens who must travel to India are to get fully vaccinated before travel and continue to take personal health safety measures to protect themselves, including practicing social or physical distancing and avoiding crowded areas with poor ventilation.

Earlier on May 5, the CDC had placed India in the Level 4 category when the country was battling a severe second wave of coronavirus.

Besides the US, some other countries that have relaxed travel bans on India are Canada, Germany, Russia, Egypt, South Korea, Turkey, Switzerland, South Africa, Maldives, Mauritius

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