US CDC and State Department warn against travel to Turkey, ease advice on India

WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. State Department warned on Monday against travel to Turkey due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases. 19 in this country, but have softened their advice for India.

The CDC added Turkey to its COVID-19 level “Level 4: Very High”, while the State Department issued its parallel advisory: “Level 4: Do not travel”.

The CDC downgraded India to “Level 2: Moderate,” while the State Department lowered its rating for India to “Level 2: Exercise increased caution.”

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On April 30, US President Joe Biden imposed new travel restrictions on India in light of COVID-19, barring most non-US citizens from entering the United States who had been in India for the past of the previous 14 days.

There are no travel restrictions in the United States for travelers from Turkey.

In addition to India, the US is currently banning most non-US citizens who in the past 14 days have been to the UK, Europe’s 26 Schengen countries without internal border controls, or in Ireland, China, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

The CDC currently lists more than 70 countries according to its travel advisory rating.

Last week, the CDC and the US State Department lowered the COVID-19 travel advisory for Canada to “Level 2”.

Despite the change, the US government shows no signs of easing COVID-19 restrictions.

White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients reiterated Aug. 5 that in light of “the Delta Variant, the United States will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point.”

On August 9, Canada opened its doors to fully vaccinated American tourists for the first time in 16 months. The United States has not relaxed any restrictions prohibiting non-essential non-US citizens from crossing its land borders with Mexico and Canada.

These current US restrictions have been renewed several times in 30-day increments and are expected to be extended before they expire on August 21.

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Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Jonathan Oatis

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