State Department lifts 1st level 4 global health advisory

FlyerTalk has reported the US State Department has lifted the first Global Level 4 health advisory, the news source said.

According to the State Department, the first ever Global Level 4 Health Advisory was put in place on Mar. 19, 2020, due to the global impact of COVID-19.

After repealing the global health advisory, only two destinations are under Level 1 advisories: the Chinese semi-autonomous city of Macau and the island nation of Taiwan. Nine destinations, including Fiji, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Thailand, are under a Level 2 advisory. The remainder, including nations in the European Union, are under a Level 3 advisory, suggesting travelers should Reconsider Travel. Brazil, China and Russia remain under the Level 4 Do Not Travel advisory.

Although the State Department is lifting its travel advisories and shifting recommendations, the rest of the world remains closed to most Americans. For Macau, the US Consulate for Hong Kong warns non-Macau residents who have been to an overseas territory in the past 14 days will be denied entry.

The European Commission continued to recommend that travelers with American passports continue to be denied entry into European Union member states in their latest update on July 31, 2020. This is the third time that the Commission has moved to block Americans entering the trade bloc.

According to The New York Times, only 30 nations are currently accepting American travelers, including The Bahamas.