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The US has eased its travel advisory for India, lowering it to Level 2: Moderate. The new travel advisory came in the wake of the significant improvement in the COVID situation in India.
“Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, the State Department said
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for India due to COVID-19, indicating a moderate level of COVID-19 in the country.
It read that the risk of contracting the virus and developing severe symptoms may be lower if one is fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. The CDC further added to “exercise increased caution” in India due to Covid-19.
The department also urged American citizens not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir, except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital of Leh, due to terrorism and civil unrest. They have also been advised not to travel within the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict.
“Terrorist attacks and violent civil unrest are possible in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Avoid all travel to this state (with the exception of visits to the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh), “it said, adding “India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border.”
US president Joe Biden on April 30 imposed new travel restrictions on India in light of the raging pandemic, barring most non-US citizens who had been in India within the previous 14 days, from entering the US.
Early this year, the US had put India in Level 4, asking its citizens not to travel to India, which was hit by an unprecedented second wave of COVID-19 and the daily cases breaching the 4-lakh mark.