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US eases COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for India; Rating Level dropped from high-risk level to low

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NEW DELHI :

Indicating “a low level of Covid-19″ in India, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday eased government travel ratings for India from Level 3 (high risk) to Level 1 (low risk).

It issued a “Level 1 Travel Health Notice” for India, putting the country at the lowest risk level due to the pandemic.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice due to Covid-19, indicating a low 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-authorised vaccine,” the US state department website said.

About India, the CDC site added:

“Make sure you are vaccinated and up-to-date with your Covid-19 vaccines before traveling to India. Even if you are up-to-date with your Covid-19 vaccines, you may still be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19.”

“Anyone 2 years or older should properly wear a well fitting mask in indoor public spaces. Follow all requirements and recommendations in India.”

The CDC has five levels for Covid risk in different countries, ranging from a “very high” level 4 to “low” of level 1, followed only by a “level unknown” rating.

Travellers from India to the US are required to submit a negative report for Covid -19 test taken within 24 hours of the flight.

“Children under 2 years of age do not need to test. There is also an option for people who have documented recovery from Covid-19 in the past 90 days,” the CDC site read.

The travel industry is eagerly waiting when this low Covid risk assessment translates into lifting of the pre-departure testing requirement from India to the US.

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