Travel warnings eased for Japan, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, South Korea

The United States on Tuesday eased its warnings against travel to a number of major nations including Olympics host Japan, raising hopes that widespread vaccinations will bring a return to normal travel.

Close US allies and neighbors including Canada, Mexico, France and Germany also received upgrades, with the State Department asking Americans to reconsider travel but ending its blanket advice not to go at all.

South Korea received a clean bill of health, with the State Department saying Americans can exercise normal precautions when visiting -- the standard US travel advice for developed nations before the pandemic.

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A State Department official said it revised its travel guidance after new recommendations a day earlier by the Centers for Disease Control, which called on Americans to be fully vaccinated before traveling but for non-vaccinated people to avoid trips.

"As conditions evolve, we regularly update our advice to US travelers," the official said.

Read more at i24