May 19, 2022

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

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By David Shepardson

(Reuters) -The Centers for Disorder Command and Prevention (CDC) reported on Wednesday it will revise its COVID-19 vacation suggestions for intercontinental places and shrink the quantity of nations the government endorses steering clear of.

About 90 nations and areas https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vacationers/map-and-vacation-notices.html#travel-1, like most of Europe, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Israel and Australia are currently rated by CDC as “Degree 4: Incredibly Higher” and the CDC endorses Us citizens, even if vaccinated, to keep away from travel to individuals international locations.

“This new process will reserve Stage 4 vacation well being notices for unique situations, such as rapidly escalating scenario trajectory or extremely higher case counts,” the CDC stated in a statement, adding that it will be successful Monday.

Previous thirty day period, industry group U.S. Travel urged the CDC to close “avoid vacation” advisories for all vaccinated persons and urged the Biden administration to prevent the long term “use of vacation bans from unique international locations.”

The letter additional that the “CDC must guarantee that Us residents are not dissuaded from traveling to any put with COVID-19 circumstance fees that are equal to, or less than, the scenario costs prevailing in the U.S.”

The CDC in recent months has been dropping a amount of international locations from the “Stage 4” score together with Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Bolivia, Botswana, and Haiti.

Airlines and other journey groups have been urgent the Biden administration to raise the pre-departure COVID negative test needs for international air vacationers — as many other nations around the world have finished.

Airline say the testing policies dissuade some People from intercontinental flights due to the fact of the charge of screening and the concern of being stranded overseas if they agreement COVID. Administration officers say the problem has been beneath critique in new weeks but well being officers have introduced no alterations.

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

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