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US eases India Covid alert level; Canada to reopen for fully vaccinated from September 7 – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The United States has lowered its travel advisory for India for its citizens from the highest level 4 “do not travel” to level 3 “reconsider travel” with the Covid-19 situation easing significantly in the country. It remains to be seen when the US removes or eases restrictions on travel from India.
Canada, which has extended suspension of flights from India by a month till August 21, will open to fully vaccinated with recognised jabs from all countries on September 7 for non-essential travel subject to the overall pandemic situation.
VFS said: “Germany visa services have resumed in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru and Kolkata for all Schengen visa categories for fully vaccinated customers.”
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The US department of state revised the travel advisory for India on Monday (July 19) and it now says: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for India due to Covid-19, indicating a high level of Covid-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting Covid-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorised vaccine … ”
The CDC website says: “Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to India. Unvaccinated travellers should avoid nonessential travel to India. Because of the current situation in India, all travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants.”
The US has four travel advisory levels — 4: Do not travel. 3: Reconsider travel. 2: Exercise increased caution. 1: Exercise normal precautions.
The US had put India on level 4 in April-end when the devastating second wave was peaking here, advising against all travel to India.

“Level 4 travel advisory is the highest level issued by the Department of State and advises US citizens not to travel to India or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so due to the current health situation in country,” the Level 4 warning for India had…

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