The State Department said Monday that it would significantly increase the number of countries on the “Travel Ban” recommendation list to 80% of the world’s countries due to the risks associated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) pandemic. A virus commonly known as coronavirus.
The list already included 34 countries that were subject to the “Level 4: No Travel” recommendation, including Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Chad, Kosovo, Kenya, Haiti, Mozambique and Tanzania. Increasing the number to 80% of the country means expanding the list to include about 130 countries.
“This update will significantly increase the number of Level 4: Travel Ban countries to about 80% of the world’s countries,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Department of State said the new recommendations reflect adjustments to the Department of State’s travel advisory system to rely more on existing epidemiological assessments (of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) rather than reassessing the current health status of some countries. I’m doing it. “
Restrictions on the CCP virus in Europe have already prevented most Americans from traveling to Europe. Washington has recently banned almost all non-US citizens staying in most of Europe, China, Brazil, Iran and South Africa.
The White House does not give a timeline as to when to relax the restrictions.
Airlines for America, an industry group representing major US airlines, was asked to comment on the State Department’s announcement, saying: “
“We urge the federal government to transparently establish clear indicators, benchmarks, timelines and other criteria for resuming the international market,” the group added.
The CDC did not comment immediately.
Earlier this month, the CDC said people who were completely vaccinated against the CCP virus could travel safely in the United States at “low risk,” but CDC director Rochelle Walensky said there were cases of coronavirus nationwide. Many discouraged Americans from doing so.
“We know that there are currently a surge in cases,” Valensky said on April 2, “I advocate general opposition to general travel.” “At this time, we do not recommend traveling, especially for unvaccinated individuals.”
Reuters contributed to this report.