US State Department lifts global 'Do Not Travel' advisory

US State Department lifts global 'Do Not Travel' advisory

Travelers make their ways to the south security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Denver.

The U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Thursday lifted global advisories recommending U.S. citizens avoid all worldwide travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, and instead issued a raft of high-level warnings for individual countries.

The Department of State announced the decision in a statement on Thursday, citing improving health and safety conditions in some countries.

The Bahamas is now under a Level 4: Do Not Travel alert. That move came shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its COVID-19 travel advisory information.

The United States has barred most non-U.S. citizens from many parts of the world from traveling to the United States, including from the European Union and China.

The original USA advisory, issued on March 19, encouraged American travelers to "arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain overseas for an indefinite period" if they were in "countries where commercial departure options remain available". The CDC lifted "do not travel" warnings for about 20 locations but advised staying away from the vast majority of the world.

Americans should, however, still exercise caution when traveling outside the United States due to the unpredictable nature of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. China has been on the State Department's "Do Not Travel" advisory since June.

USA airline stocks rose on the announcement.

A few countries, including Thailand, New Zealand and Fiji, were put on a low risk Level 1 advisory. For more than a dozen other locations, it had no precautions.

But the CDC continues to advise against nonessential travel to more than 200 other worldwide locations.

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