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US State Department Eases Travel Advisories for UK, Israel

WASHINGTON—The U.S. State Department said on Monday it has eased travel advisory ratings for the United Kingdom and Israel after raising both countries to its highest warning level last month amid COVID-19 concerns. The State Department lowered the UK to a “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” rating and lowered Israel to “Level 2—Exercise Increased Caution.” It was the second reduction in Israel’s rating in recent weeks. Last month, the State Department boosted the ratings of about 120 countries to “Level 4: Do Not Travel” to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ratings. About 150 of 209 destinations rated by the State Department are listed at Level 4. A coalition of U.S. and European travel, airline, union, business and airport groups called in a letter last week for a full reopening of the U.S.-UK air travel market “as soon as safely possible.” The United States since March 2020 …

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