State lifts global travel warnings amid COVID-19

State lifts global travel warnings amid COVID-19
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The State Department on Thursday lifted its global warning for U.S. citizens traveling internationally amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying it would rate countries on a case-by-case basis given improving health and safety conditions in some areas. 

The agency’s Level 4 Health Advisory, its highest threat warning, was implemented in mid-March and warned Americans against any international travel. The warning came as countries around the world began shuttering their borders to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The lowering of the health risk comes as some countries are experimenting with international travel and tourism to inject money into economies deeply hurt by the pandemic. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided a list of countries and their health risks, with about 20 countries listed as a low or very low risk of COVID-19. 

Yet despite the lifting of the global health advisory, American travelers are not welcomed everywhere. America is the country leading the world in COVID-19 cases, with about 4.9 million of the 18.9 million cases globally, according to the latest numbers from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. 

The European Union instituted a ban on U.S. visitors beginning July 1. The Bahamas initially banned American travelers in mid-July before adjusting the decision to require a 14-day quarantine at a government facility. 

The U.S., in turn, has banned entry to travelers from China, the United Kingodm, Northern Ireland, the EU, Brazil and Iran amid the pandemic.