Travel Recommendations Lifted Before Olympics Begin in Japan

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Just ahead of the Olympics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has relaxed its travel advice for Japan. There are around 110 countries on the list as well.

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The CDC’s revised ratings were released on Monday and displayed on the CDC website. They include 61 countries that were downgraded from their highest Level 4 classification, which prohibited any travel, to a recommendation for fully vaccinated individuals, the agency said on Tuesday.

The New CDC Ratings

France, Switzerland, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Ukraine, Honduras, and Hungary are now included at Level 3, per the CDC.

The US Department of State sad that it updated its suggestions to reflect the recent methodology update; however, not all ratings have been revised. This comes due to other factors such as commercial flight availability, restrictions on US citizen entry, and delays in receiving COVID testing results within three days total.

Including Japan, the US State Department downgraded 85 countries and territories. The State Department then issued a travel warning to Japan on May 24. In this warning, the agency cited a fresh wave of coronavirus illnesses ahead of the Tokyo Olympic games, which start on July 23.

Concerns Over Japans Low Vaccination Rate

Despite a new wave of infections and a low vaccination rate in the host country, the State Department’s warning sparked concerns. This prompted the White House to restate its support for Tokyo’s plan to host the games this summer and for U.S. athletes competing there.

Overseas spectators have been prohibited, and officials are likely to make a choice on domestic spectators later this month.

The adjustment was made after the CDC altered its criteria for travel health alerts, according to the CDC. The CDC also downgraded the United States’ ranking from Level 4 to Level 3.

The new requirements for level four – avoid all travel warnings have been increased from 100 COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people to 500 cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC.

Many countries have lower ratings as a result of the criterion modifications or because their outbreaks are better handled, according to the agency. Per the CDC, additional countries are expected to receive lower, more favorable travel ratings.

Honduras, Indonesia, Poland, Denmark, and Malaysia, Jordan, Libya, Panama, Poland, Denmark, and Malaysia are among the countries that have been demoted to Level 3.

Many of the nations with lower ratings are still on the US government’s list of nations with significant travel restrictions and the majority of them have been since early 2020.

Just about every single non-US citizen is barred from entering the United States if they visited China, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, Iran, or any of the 26 Schengen countries in Europe during the preceding 14 days.