The U.S. Department of State has announced it will severely limit “Do Not Travel” notices for international destinations after public health officials announced a change in how they assess Covid-19 concerns.
Of some 215 countries and territories it assesses, the ministry currently lists nearly 120 on Level Four: Do Not Travel, including Ireland, much of Europe, Japan, Israel and Russia.
“Do not travel to Ireland because of Covid-19,” it said current travel advice reads for Ireland.
The department said its update will “leave approximately 10 per cent of all travel advice at Level 4”, including all risk factors, not just Covid.
“We believe the updated framework will help U.S. citizens make more informed decisions about the safety of international travel,” it said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this week it would also start shrinking from around 90 of the countries it classifies as Level 4, starting Monday.
“Avoid traveling to Ireland,” says the country’s recommendations travel tipsadding: “If you must travel to Ireland please ensure you are fully vaccinated and up to date with your Covid-19 vaccines before travelling.”
Both the State Department and CDC travel advisories are issued for guidance and not as a legal requirement for travelers.
Airlines and other travel groups have been pushing the Biden administration to lift pre-departure Covid-negative testing requirements for international travelers, as many other countries have done.
Administration officials say the issue has been looked into, but health officials have not announced any changes.
– Additional reporting by Pól Ó Conghaile
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