US government on Thursday relaxed recommendations to its citizens not to travel to other countries because of COVID-19, but advised against trips to Spain.
The State Department explained that since health and security conditions are improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, it has decided to “return to the previous system of country-specific levels for travel recommendations.
The department said it will maintain the four-tier system — as of March 19, all countries in the world were in the fourth tier, which involves recommendations not to travel — and provide “detailed” information for travelers to “make informed decisions.
“We continue to advise U.S. citizens to exercise caution when traveling abroad because of the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic,” he said in a statement posted on his Web site.
Most countries, including Spain, have been moved to category 3 by the State Department, which has noted that it made the decision “in close coordination” with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).