U.S. lifts alert advising Americans to avoid all travel abroad

Aug 07 , 2020. 5 hours ago – 05:27 KYODO NEWS

A person walks through a South Carolina airport on March 01, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government on Thursday lifted its alert advising Americans to avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the current situation does not warrant such an across-the-board advisory.

Upon withdrawing the “Do Not Travel” global health advisory that has been in place since March 19, the State Department said it is returning to the previous system of country-specific travel advice in order to give “travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions.”

According to the department’s website, the advisory for travelers to Japan has been set at level 3 on the four-tier scale, which advises U.S. citizens to “Reconsider Travel.”

The advisory for China is at level 4, or “Do Not Travel,” while that for South Korea is at level 3.

The novel coronavirus was first detected in China late last year and spread rapidly beyond, with the United States becoming the country with the highest numbers of confirmed infection cases and deaths from the pandemic in the world.

“We continue to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic,” the department said.

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