The United States on Thursday lifted its level four do not travel advice. The advice has been in force since March. But the US State Department said it was returning to country-specific travel advice. They say this is because the COVID-19 situation is getting better in some countries and worse in others.
The announcement came as President Donald Trump seeks a quick return to normal in the United States, which has suffered by far the highest number of deaths from COVID-19.
The State Department said it would instead resume considering each country on a case-by-case basis.
“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system,” it said in a statement.
“We continue to recommend US citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.”
But US borders remain closed to most travelers from the European Union, which also bans most Americans due to the risk of contagion.
Under the new ratings, the United States is still advising precautions for most countries.
Among the few recipients of the “Level 1” ranking which means no special concerns for travel were Taiwan, which has won wide acclaim for its handling of the pandemic, and Australia.
The United States gave a Level 3 status which means to reconsider travel to many allies including Britain, France and Germany.
It kept the Level 4 warning to avoid all travel for India, which has seen growing cases of COVID-19.