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US Keeps India on its ‘Do Not Travel’ List

US Keeps India on its ‘Do Not Travel’ List
India had allowed US passenger services to resume from July 23, Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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Pakistan and Bangladesh and four other countries were moved to the less prohibitive ‘Level 3: Reconsider travel’ category, while India was retained in ‘Level 4: Do not travel’

OT Staff
September 10 , 2020
01 Min Read

The United States has decided to keep India in its advisory on a list of countries Americans should avoid due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Pakistan and Bangladesh were taken off from the list. India currently sits in the level 4 category of ‘Do Not Travel’ due to rising number of cases.

The US had started working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August, discontinuing pandemic-related global travel advisories and had switched to a country-specific system.

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Most countries had started off at the category of ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel’. On Wednesday, Pakistan and Bangladesh and four other countries moved to the category of less prohibitive ‘Level 3: reconsider travel’, with Benin, Kuwait, Mexico, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines being the other four.

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The CDC has advised American travellers that “Covid-19 risk in India is high. If you get sick in India and need medical care, resources may be limited."

Meanwhile, “do not travel to India due to Covid-19,” read the department’s travel advisory page, which also said, “exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism.”

India's COVID-19 tally rose to 43,70,128 as 89,706 new cases were reported on Wednesday. The death count stood at 1,115 in 24 hours, taking the toll to 73,890.


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