Nearly after 5 months of issuing the Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory, the Trump administration, rescinded the ban and reimposed the previous country-specific regulations on travel.
The level 4 advisory was lifted by the State Department on August 6, shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amended its COVID-19 travel advisory notification.
The State Department said, “With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice to give travellers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions.”
The ban urged the citizens, who resided in the US but were stranded in another country at the time of the announcement, to immediately return if the commercial departure options were available at their disposal. Unless the citizens wished to stay in another country for an indefinite period, they were strongly advised to follow the issued guidelines.
The State Department stated how quashing the ban and returning to the protocol of offering country-specific regulations on travel, allows the citizens to make an informed decision about travelling internationally and domestically, alike. It would also provide detailed information about the current status of the pandemic in each country.
Although the blanket warning against all international travel was lifted, American citizens continue to face travel restrictions in several countries worldwide.
The European Union has imposed a complete ban on the entry of tourists from the US. Along with this, different countries have issued different protocols with varying levels of implementation. England, for example, has levied a 14-day quarantine period for anyone travelling from the US.
Various restrictions on non-essential travel between the US and its neighbouring countries such as Canada and Mexico have also been imposed.
A downturn of 45% in the US travel economy was expected as a result of Coronavirus, which would result in a cumulative GDP impact of $651 billion in 2020. With the decline in travelling, a loss of 8 million jobs was also expected. The losses incurred by the travel industry were expected to far exceed any other sector.
The level 4 advisory was another blow for the US economy. The ban was lifted as a sign of returning to normalcy and helping the global air travel business to recover from their monumental loss.
Due to the unprecedented nature of the virus, the department recommends that US citizens exercise caution while travelling abroad. Their travel is still restricted to countries that have been ravaged by the virus such as India, China, Brazil, and more.
Citizens who are considering travelling are advised to update themselves with all the recent travel advisories, here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
With conditions evolving in some countries and worsening in others, the virus has persuaded the US department to closely monitor the various safety and health conditions across the world and regularly update their destination-specific advice to US travellers.