USA keeps India on ‘do not travel’ advisory list

25 Sep 2020 11:24 AM
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AMERICA on Wednesday took Pakistan and Bangladesh off its set of countries under “usually do not travel” advisories because of Covid-19, but kept India onto it.

AMERICA removed a Covid-19-related global “do not travel” advisory for Americans in August and switched to a country-specific system, dealing with the guts for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It had then kept most countries at “Level 4: USUALLY DO NOT Travel”.

On Wednesday, Pakistan and Bangladesh were among the six countries that were moved to the group of less prohibitive “Level 3: Reconsider travel”. The other four were Benin, Kuwait, Mexico and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

“We continue steadily to monitor health insurance and safety conditions around the world, dealing with the CDC and other agencies, as conditions evolve,” the state department said in a statement. India stayed at “Level 4: Do Not Travel”.

“Do not happen to be India because of Covid-19,” the state department’s travel advisory page said. “Exercise increased caution in India because of crime and terrorism.”

The CDC has advised American travellers that “Covid-19 risk in India is high. If you get sick in India and need medical care, resources could be limited.”