As per the new guidelines, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lowered the risk of infection and severe symptoms if the traveller coming to India is fully vaccinated.
- The CDC has issued the same travel health notice for Pakistan as well
- The US State Department, however, has ‘Level Two’ and ‘Level Three’ travel advisories for India and Pakistan
- The State Department notice on Pakistan states that terrorists have in the past targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities
Washington: With an increasing number of the world population getting jabbed against the Covid-19 outbreak with each passing day, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now issued a ‘Level One’ Covid-19 notice for Americans travelling to India.
As per the new guidelines, the CDC has lowered the risk of contracting the infection and developing severe symptoms if the traveller is fully vaccinated.
“Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) authorised vaccine,” the CDC said in its ‘Level One’ health travel notice.
The CDC has issued the same travel health notice for Pakistan as well.
The US State Department, however, has ‘Level Two’ and ‘Level Three’ travel advisories for India and Pakistan, which states that citizens are advised to reconsider travel to Pakistan “due to terrorism and sectarian violence”, while those coming to India “must exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism”.
The State Department, meanwhile, has in its advisory for India urged US citizens to not travel to Jammu and Kashmir due to “terrorism and civil unrest”, and also stay clear of 10 kilometres from the Line of Control, the India-Pakistan border, due to the possibility of an armed conflict.
“Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crimes, such as sexual assault, have occurred at tourist sites and in other locations,” it said in its notice.
For Pakistan, the US State Department has in its advisory advised US citizens to not travel to the conflicted provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), including the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), due to threats such as terrorism and kidnapping, and also in the vicinity of the LoC.
“Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Pakistan. A local history of terrorism and ongoing ideological aspirations of violence by extremist elements have led to indiscriminate attacks on civilian as well as local military and police targets. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and government facilities,” the US State Department advisory said.
The State Department notice on Pakist