US eases travel advice for India amid improved COVID-19 situation

The US eased its travel advice for India on Monday, lowering it to level 2: moderate.

The new Level 2 travel advice, which is considered safe, came in the wake of the significant improvement in India’s Covid situation.

At the beginning of this year, the US had placed India at level 4 and asked its citizens not to travel to India, which was experiencing an unprecedented second wave of COVID-19 at the time.

The Center 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.

“Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine. Before planning an international trip, check the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, the State Department said.

At the same time, the State Department urged Americans not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir (with the exception of the eastern region of Ladakh and the capital Leh) because of terrorism and civil unrest.

They have also been advised not to travel within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict.

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