After months of travel restrictions, the State Department has finally recalled its prior recommendation against international travel. The Department has chosen to evaluate each country individually moving forward before issuing advice.
“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice,” the State Department said in a statement late Thursday. “We continue to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.”
The Department will be rating each country with a specific-level, levels ranging from 1-4, so that travellers may be informed on the region’s safety and health conditions.
“This will also provide U.S. citizens more detailed information about the current status in each country,” the note said. “We continue to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.”
Although the U.S has lifted its advisory related to travel abroad, citizens may still face resistance from other countries looking to control the spread of COVID-19. Canada has yet to open its border to nonessential and noncitizen travellers. Similarly, the European Union is not yet welcoming in U.S citizens. Nevertheless, the U.S is also not permitting overseas travellers who have been in the European Union, China or Brazil for the previous 14 days.
More than 30 countries have a high-level advisory against travel.
“We are closely monitoring health and safety conditions across the globe, working in partnership with the CDC and other agencies. As always, we will regularly update our destination-specific advice to U.S. travelers as conditions evolve,” the State Department note said.