US eases Israel travel advisory rating to 'Level 3'

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WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The US State Department on Monday (April 26) lowered its travel advisory rating for Israel to “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” – just days after it had raised it.

Last week, the State Department added 119 countries to the 34 countries listed at its highest “Level 4: Do Not Travel” rating, out of about 209 destinations listed.

The countries included the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Israel, Mexico and Germany, and cited a “very high level of Covid-19”. The advisories are recommendations to American citizens and are not binding.

The State Department said last week the move to list more countries at Level 4 did not imply a reassessment of current health situations, but rather “an adjustment in the State Department’s Travel Advisory system to rely more on (the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s) existing epidemiological assessments.”

The State Department and Israeli Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.