State Department eases its travel warnings on Mexico, Canada, other countries

  • State Department eases its travel warnings on Mexico, Canada, other countries

State Department eases its travel warnings on Mexico, Canada, other countries

While travel to South Africa is still not recommended due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions, U.S. travellers who are fully vaccinated using a recognised vaccine do not have to get tested before leaving the United States, unless their destination country requires it.

The U.S. State Department said it had updated its recommendations to reflect the recent methodology update, but noted not all ratings were revised because of other factors including " commercial flight availability, restrictions on U.S. citizen entry, and impediments to obtaining COVID test results within three calendar days".

Other countries for which United States travel advice was eased include South Africa, which has battled a COVID-19 variant, as well as Greece and Spain, which have been at the forefront of reopening to tourists.

People are still advised to get a shot before going to level 1 countries.

France, the world's top tourist destination, has removed restrictions on European Union residents as well as travelers from a number of other nations including Australia, Israel, Japan, Singapore and South Korea, while requiring negative Covid tests by visitors from North America, Britain and most of Asia and Africa.

The State Department eased its ratings on 85 countries and territories, including Japan.

"Avoid travel to Costa Rica", the CDC says.

The United States also said Tuesday it will hold talks with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and Britain on how to restart global travel.

The CDC categorizes Level 4 as "Very High Risk" while Level 3 countries are categorized as "High Risk".

The agency added that many countries have lower ratings "because of the criteria changes or because their outbreaks are better controlled".

Other countries affected by the latest change included Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

The CDC is reducing the alert level for travel to over 60 countries.

With well more than a hundred million Americans now being fully vaccinated, the interest in traveling to Greece after the long months of the pandemic is increasing all the time.

The United States bars almost all non-U.S. citizens who have within the previous 14 days been to China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, South Africa, Brazil, Iran and the 26 Schengen nations in Europe without border controls.

The move could be a boon to travel in South Africa, which has faced travel restrictions from its key source markets including the USA and United Kingdom for more than a year.