State Department lowers China travel advisory six months into COVID-19 pandemic

The U.S. Department of State has lowered its advisory for China, from level 4 (“Do not travel”) to level 3, urging Americans to reconsider any travel to that country.

The change in China’s status comes six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and nearly eight months after the State Department issued its most severe warning, telling U.S. citizens not to travel there at all. It had first cautioned Americans on Jan. 24 not to go to Wuhan, the city where the novel coronavirus is thought to have originated, before expanding its advisory to all of China about a week later.

“The [People’s Republic of China] has resumed most business operations (including daycares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within the PRC,” the U.S. embassy in Beijing acknowledged in a press release Monday. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not downgraded the threat level for China, keeping its advisory at its highest level, 3 (“Reconsider nonessential travel”).

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