The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned against traveling to Turkey on Monday due to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in that country, but relaxed its advice for India.
The CDC added Turkey to its “Level 4: Very High” COVID-19 level, while India lowered it to “Level 2: Moderate”.
US President Joe Biden imposed new travel restrictions on India on April 30 in light of COVID-19, allowing most non-US citizens to enter the United States who had been in India within the past 14 days.
There are no US travel restrictions for travelers from Turkey.
In addition to India, the United States currently excludes most non-US citizens who have been in the United Kingdom in the past 14 days, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe without internal border controls, or in Ireland, China, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
The CDC currently lists more than 70 countries as travel advice.
Last week, the CDC and the United States Department of State lowered the COVID-19 travel advisory for Canada to “Level 2.”
Despite the change, the US government is showing no signs of easing COVID-19 restrictions.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zies reiterated on Aug. 5 that in light of “the Delta variant, the United States will maintain existing travel restrictions at this time.”
On August 9, Canada opened to fully vaccinated U.S. tourists for the first time in 16 months. The United States has not relaxed any restrictions that prevent non-essential non-US citizens from crossing their land borders with Mexico and Canada.
Those current US restrictions have been renewed repeatedly in 30-day increments and are expected to be extended before expiring on August 21.
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