Tue. Jun 22nd, 2021

The United States has eased travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories, with the Philippines landing in Level 3.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reclassified 61 nations from the highest Level 4 to Levels 1 to 3. Level 4 discouraged all travel from the US.

The Philippines was placed in Level 3, or the CDC advising all travellers from the US to be fully vaccinated for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and to avoid unnecessary travel.

The other countries the were placed in Level 3 were France, Ecuador, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Honduras, Hungary and Italy. 

Another 50 countries and territories have been lowered to Level 2 or Level 1, with countries ranking the lowest for Covid-19 risks now including Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Iceland, Belize and Albania. 

The US State Department said the easing of ratings covered 85 countries and territories, including Japan that will stage the Tokyo Olympics. 

The department last May 24 urged against all travel to Japan as the country experienced a new Covid-19 surge.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department said the classifications also included “commercial flight availability, restrictions on U.S. citizen entry, and impediments to obtaining Covid test results within three calendar days.” SOVEREIGNPH

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