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US Lowers Travel Advisory to India from Level 4 to Level 3 Amidst COVID-19 Decline

US President Joe Biden, appearing briefly at the White House after news of the ceasefire agreement, also promised to replenish Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, despite complaints from the Democratic left about a pending the United States arms sale to Israel. Image for representation. (Image: Reuters)

US President Joe Biden, appearing briefly at the White House after news of the ceasefire agreement, also promised to replenish Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, despite complaints from the Democratic left about a pending the United States arms sale to Israel. Image for representation. (Image: Reuters)

While the Level 4 advisory issued by United States means no travel to COVID-19 affected areas, Level 3 urges citizens to reconsider travel.

United States has improved the travel advisory for India, lowering it from the highest Level 4 to to Level 3. While Level 4 means no travel, Level 3 urges citizens to reconsider travel. The highest level of travel advisory was issued amidst the growing cases during COVID-19 second wave in India. However, the improvement of the travel advisories for India and Pakistan by the State Department on Monday comes in an acknowledgment of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the region.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for India due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country, the State Department said on Monday.

“Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorised vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers," it said.

“Reconsider travel to India due to COVID-19 . Exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism," it said.

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The latest travel advisory replaces the one issued on 5 May that had placed India in the Level 4 category.

When the last month’s advisory was issued, India was struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported. Hospitals were reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.

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first published:July 20, 2021, 09:42 IST