CDC cancels country-by-country COVID-19 travel advisory

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The federal government is withdrawing another of its responses to the pandemic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday rescinded its country-by-country COVID-19 travel health advisories that it began issuing at the start of the pandemic.

The reason: Fewer countries are testing for the virus or reporting the number of COVID-19 cases. That limits the CDC’s ability to calculate travelers’ risk, according to the agency.

CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said the agency only publishes a country-specific travel health advisory if a situation, such as a worrisome new variant of the virus, changes the CDC’s travel advisory for that country.


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The CDC still recommends that travelers stay up-to-date on vaccines and follow the recommendations on its international travel page. That page divides countries into three categories – take the usual precautions, take extra precautions or avoid unnecessary travel.

Restrictions such as testing and quarantine requirements greatly slowed international travel earlier in the pandemic, but many countries eventually canceled these rules for fully vaccinated and strengthened people to increase tourism.

In early 2020, before vaccines were available, the United States banned people who had recently been to any of more than three dozen countries. In 2021, the U.S. instead began requiring people to test negative for COVID-19 shortly before boarding a plane to the U.S. This rule also was eventually released.

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