April 22. In response to resurgence of the Coronavirus around the globe, the U.S. State Department has added 116 countries to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory list. Some of the countries include key allies, such as: The UK, Canada, France, Germany and Mexico, citing a “very high level of COVID-19 infections”. Other countries on the “Do Not Travel” list include: Finland, Egypt, Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.
On Monday, the State Department said it would boost the number of countries receiving its highest advisory rating to about 80% of countries worldwide. The recommendations are not mandatory and do not bar Americans from travel.
Given its stellar record in combatting Covid-19, with a vaccination rate of about 80% of the adult population, it is unclear why Israel was added to the travel advisory,
Some countries like China and Japan remain at Level 3: Reconsider Travel.”
Nick Calio, who heads Airlines for America, a trade group representing major U.S. carriers, told a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday that policymakers needed to find a “road map” to reopening international travel.
Earlier April, the CDC said fully vaccinated people could safely travel within the United States at “low risk,” but its director, Rochelle Walensky, discouraged Americans from doing so because of high coronavirus cases nationwide.
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