The US relaxes travel sanctions on India.
IOE Update: The State Department updated its travel advisories for India and Pakistan on Monday, acknowledging the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region and lowering the risk of infection. With the improvement of its travel advisory for India, the United States has reduced its recommendation from the highest possible Level 4, which recommends that citizens avoid travel, to Level 3, which encourages citizens to reconsider travel. It also downgraded Pakistan’s travel advisories from Level 4 to Level 3, the lowest possible rating.
The State Department updated its travel advisories for India and Pakistan on Monday, acknowledging the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region and lowering the risk of infection.
According to the State, a level 3 Travel Health Notice for India has been issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) due to COVID-19, which indicates a high level of COVID-19 activity within the country Department on Monday.
“If you have received an entire course of COVID-19 vaccination with an FDA-approved vaccine means your chances may reduce of contracting the virus and developing severe symptoms. Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s specific recommendations for travellers who are vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated before planning any international travel, “It was stated.
“Because of COVID-19, travellers should rethink their plans to visit India. Due to the threat of crime and terrorism, you should exercise increased caution, “It was stated.
The most recent travel advisory replaces the previous one, which was issued on May 5 and classified India as being in the Level 4 category. During the period covered by the last month’s advisory, India dealt with a second wave of the pandemic, with nearly 30,000 new coronavirus cases reported every day.
Hospitals were struggling to cope with a scarcity of medical oxygen and hospital beds, making it difficult for them to operate.
A level 2 travel health notice for Pakistan has been issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention due to COVID-19, indicating that the country is experiencing a moderate pandemic. On the other hand, the State Department maintained a level 3 threat for US citizens travelling to the country due to terrorism.
“Visitors planning to visit Pakistan should reconsider their plans due to the threat of terrorism and inter-communal violence in the country. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you should proceed with caution when travelling through Pakistan. Depending on their geographic location, some areas are more at risk than others. Before proceeding, make sure you have read the entire Travel Advisory, including the appendices.” According to the Department of State of the United States.