U.S. CDC to shrink COVID-19 int’l travel avoidance list

Air travellers putting on protective confront masks, amid the coronavirus sickness (COVID-19) pandemic, walk at JetBlue Terminal 5 at JFK Global airport in New York, U.S., November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photograph

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April 13 (Reuters) – The Centers for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) mentioned on Wednesday it will revise its COVID-19 travel tips for worldwide places and shrink the variety of international locations the governing administration endorses preventing.

About 90 nations and areas, including most of Europe, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Israel and Australia are presently rated by CDC as “Amount 4: Extremely Large” and the CDC suggests Individuals, even if vaccinated, to keep away from travel to individuals international locations.

“This new method will reserve Degree 4 journey health and fitness notices for unique instances, these kinds of as fast escalating scenario trajectory or extremely superior case counts,” the CDC reported in a assertion, adding that it will be powerful Monday.

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Last thirty day period, business team U.S. Travel urged the CDC to finish “stay away from travel” advisories for all vaccinated men and women and urged the Biden administration to keep away from the potential “use of journey bans from specific nations around the world.”

The letter additional that the “CDC really should make certain that Individuals are not dissuaded from touring to any location with COVID-19 case prices that are equivalent to, or much less than, the case prices prevailing in the U.S.”

The CDC in latest weeks has been dropping a amount of countries from the “Amount 4” rating such as Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Bolivia, Botswana, and Haiti.

Airlines and other journey teams have been urgent the Biden administration to carry the pre-departure COVID adverse test demands for intercontinental air travelers — as many other nations have finished.

Airline say the testing policies dissuade some Individuals from intercontinental flights for the reason that of the charge of tests and the panic of currently being stranded overseas if they contract COVID. Administration officers say the issue has been below assessment in new weeks but overall health officials have declared no changes.

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Reporting by David Shepardson in Berkeley, California Editing by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio

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