US Issues ‘Level One’ Travel Health Notice for India



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US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a ‘Level One’ Covid-19 notice for Americans travelling to India. They said the risk of contracting the infection and developing severe symptoms may be lower when one is fully vaccinated. The travel health notice has also been issued for Pakistan.

The US State Department issued level two and three travel advisories for India and Pakistan. The CDC said in a health travel notice of ‘Level One’, “Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) authorised vaccine.”

The State Department urged US citizens not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir due to terrorism and civil unrest, and also within 10 kms of India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict.

Department in its advisory for Pakistan urged US citizens not to travel to Balochistan province and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, due to terrorism and kidnapping, and also in the immediate vicinity of the Line of Control due to terrorism and potential for armed conflict.

It said, “Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Pakistan. A local history of terrorism and ongoing ideological aspirations of violence by extremist elements have led to indiscriminate attacks on civilian as well as local military and police targets.”

Terrorists targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, said the advisory on Pakistan.