The U.S. STATE DEPT. and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Thursday lifted global advisories recommending U.S. citizens avoid all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, and instead issued a raft of high-level warnings for individual countries.
"With health and safety conditions improving in a few countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice," the STATE DEPT. said in a statement lifting its "Do Not Travel" advisory.
The CDC also dropped its global advisory recommending against all nonessential international travel as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, but nearly all countries stick to its highest Level 3 advisory in order to avoid all non-essential travel.
A few countries, including Thailand, New Zealand and Fiji, were placed on a minimal risk Level 1 advisory.
U.S. airline stocks rose on the announcement.
The State Department issued updated country-travel specific alerts, including "Level Four: USUALLY DO NOT Travel" advisories for about 30 countries, including India, Russia, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Haiti, Iran, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Honduras and Libya.
The STATE DEPT. also issued numerous new "Level 3: reconsider travel" advisories, including for members of the European Union, the uk, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Armenia, the Philippines, Laos and Australia.
AMERICA has barred most non-U.S. citizens from many elements of the world from planing a trip to america, including from the EU and China. China has been on the State Department's "USUALLY DO NOT Travel" advisory since June.
The STATE DEPT. first issued the Global Level 4 "USUALLY DO NOT Travel" Health Advisory on March 19, while CDC imposed its highest "Level 3" on March 27.
AMERICA remains in talks with the EU in a bid to allow most Americans to resume happen to be Europe.