CDC updates global travel advice, USA neighbors remain at 'high' level

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2021

All passengers, whether they are coming from a Level 1, Level 3, or Level 4 country who are eligible for entry, need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure to the United States. Iceland, Israel and Singapore were moved into the lowest risk category.

Among those now listed at "Level 3", are France, Ecuador, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Honduras, Hungary and Italy.

The CDC said the change came after it revised its criteria for travel health notices.

Last month, the state department followed the CDC's lead and raised its travel advisory for Japan to Level 4, urging all Americans not to travel to the country.

The U.S. State Department has loosened its travel warnings for dozens of nations, including Mexico, Canada, France and Germany, in a move that could ease airline restrictions for people wanting to go overseas as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes in parts of the world.

"Avoid travel to Costa Rica", the CDC says.

They also do not have to self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.

So far 16.5 percent of the country's 52 million population have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccines, while some 2.75 million people in South Korea have been fully vaccinated, according to earlier reports.

The agency added that many countries have lower ratings "because of the criteria changes or because their outbreaks are better controlled".

It is one of the few countries now ranking as "green" on the ECDC's "traffic light" map for travel.

The United States bars almost all non-US citizens who have within the previous 14 days been to China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, South Africa, Brazil, Iran and the 26 Schengen nations in Europe without border controls.

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.

Reuters reported on Tuesday the Biden administration is forming expert working groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and the United Kingdom to determine how best to restart travel safely after 15 months of pandemic restrictions, citing a White House official.

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