US State Department said on Thursday it would sharply cut "do not travel" advisories to international destinations after public health officials announced changes to the way they assess COVID-19 concerns.

Of the approximately 215 countries and territories that rate this, the department currently lists about 120 in "Level Four: Do Not Travel", which includes most of Europe, Japan, Israel, and Russia.

The department said its update would "drop approximately 10% of all travel advisories to level 4" that includes all risk factors, not just COVID. "We are confident that the updated framework will help US citizens make better-informed decisions about the safety of international travel."

Airlines and other travel groups are pressing the Biden administration to lift pre-departure RT-PCR negative test requirements for international passengers, as have many other countries.

Administration officials say the issue is being reviewed but health officials have announced no changes.


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