US Lowers Recommended Level of Travel to India and Pakistan

US Lowers Recommended Level of Travel to India and Pakistan

The United States Department of State has lowered its travel advisory related to Covid-19 for India and Pakistan to "Level 3", which is to reconsider travel.

UMMATIMES - The previous Covid-19 advice was Level 4 highest, "Don't travel."

India's daily coronavirus cases have fallen to a four-month low after a second wave that crippled the healthcare system. But experts have warned authorities against immediately reopening cities and raised concerns about overcrowding at tourist sites.

The decision does not affect travel restrictions imposed in May that bar nearly all non-US citizens from entering the United States who have been in India in the past 14 days. Similar travel restrictions are in place for South Africa, China, Iran, Brazil, the UK, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders.

US permanent residents and family members as well as some other non-US citizens, such as students, are excluded. The White House is holding a new round of high-level meetings this week on travel restrictions, sources told Reuters, but gave no indication it plans to lift them soon.

"Any decisions about reopening travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts. We take this very seriously," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday.

Nearly all travelers to the United States by air must show evidence of a negative coronavirus test or recovering from Covid-19.