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US loosens travel warnings for over 30 countries including Spain

The State Department moves dozens of nations from level 4 to 3, meaning it is still not safe for unvaccinated visitors

Passengers lining up at Salt Lake City Airport in the US.
Passengers lining up at Salt Lake City Airport in the US.Rick Bowmer / AP

International mobility is gaining traction, even if it is still light years away from pre-pandemic times. The US State Department has eased its travel warnings for over 30 countries including Spain, where there are improved coronavirus figures and significant progress has been made with vaccination.

The agency said the changes were due to the fact that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed the methodology for its own travel notices, Bloomberg reported.

Following the update, dozens of countries have moved from level 4 (“do not travel”) to level 3 (“reconsider travel”). This means that the situation is not yet ideal for people who are not immunized.

Spain is now letting in immunized tourists from all over the world save for India, Brazil and South Africa

The list of countries includes Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Canada, South Korea and Singapore, among others, according to the US State Department website.

A few weeks ago the European Union announced it would allow fully vaccinated visitors from the US into its territory. Brussels is now hoping that Washington will reciprocate with a similar decision regarding European travelers to the US.

Spain for its part is letting in immunized tourists from all over the world (with the exceptions of India, Brazil and South Africa) who have received one of the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinopharm or Sinovac-Coronavac.

European authorities are also working to roll out a EU digital pass that will homogenize national certificates and make it easier for travelers to prove that they have either been vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19 or tested negative for coronavirus.

English version by Susana Urra.

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