In a latest COVID-19 update, the United States has eased travel restrictions for India and moved the country to Level 2. This means India is now considered as safe by the US government when it comes to the COVID situation. The significant decision was announced on Monday.
The US State Department said, “Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorised vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers”.
On April 30, US President Joe Biden imposed new travel restrictions on India and had put the country in Level 4, which meant the danger zone. Most of the non-US citizens who had travelled to India over the 14 days before arrival in the USA were banned from entering the US.
Also, the country had asked its citizens not to travel to India due to the deadly second wave of COVID-19. But now, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for India, which means moderate level of COVID-19.
Besides COVID issues, the State Department has also asked its citizens not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir due to civil unrest and militancy activities.
They have also been advised not to travel within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict.