US CDC ends country-specific COVID travel health advisories

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US CDC ends country-specific COVID travel health advisories
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday it had ended its COVID-19 travel health advisories as fewer countries reported enough data for accurate assessments.

In April, the CDC dropped its COVID-19 “Do Not Travel” recommendations for about 90 international destinations, saying it would reserve its Level 4 travel health advisories “for special circumstances.” Level 4 calls on all Americans to avoid travel because of COVID-19, even those who are fully vaccinated.

The CDC said Monday “fewer countries are testing or reporting cases of COVID-19, the CDC’s ability to accurately assess levels of COVID-19 (travel health notice) for most destinations than U.S. travelers visit is limited”.

Since April, the advisories have drawn little attention since the CDC did not issue general recommendations against travel for specific countries.

As recently as March, the CDC recommended against travel to about 120 countries and territories worldwide, more than half of all destinations.

The advisories had deterred some Americans from traveling and sometimes caused consternation in some countries. A recommendation not to travel to Japan in May 2021, months before the Olympics, has drawn attention.

The CDC said Monday it would only issue a travel health notice “for a country if a situation, such as a concerning variant of COVID-19, is identified that changes the CDC’s travel recommendations for that country.” .

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