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Washington lifts recommendation to avoid overseas travel

WASHINGTON | The United States on Thursday announced it was lifting its recommendation calling on American citizens to avoid all travel abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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American diplomacy said in a statement that it would now treat each country again on a case-by-case basis, pointing to an improvement in the health situation in some of them.

“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others,” the US State Department said it was reverting to its previous system of travel advice based on the risks presented by each country.

“We continue to recommend that American citizens be extremely careful when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic,” he recalled, however.

An announcement that comes as President Donald Trump seeks to get his country back on track as quickly as possible as the November 3 presidential election approaches.

But the borders of the United States, by far the most affected country in the world by the pandemic in absolute terms, remain closed to most travelers from the European Union, the majority of whose members also do not welcome American residents. .

Among the countries ranked by Washington at “level 1” risk, the lowest, include Taiwan and Australia.

France, UK, Germany and other US allies are at “level 3” – a trip to be avoided if possible.

India is at “level 4”, the highest, advising Americans to avoid traveling there at all costs.

Washington had called on March 19 its nationals not to go abroad under any pretext, an unprecedented measure for all countries on the planet.

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