US lowers travel warning to PH, urges full vaccination before trip

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 9) — The United States eased its travel restrictions to the Philippines, telling Americans to reconsider pushing through with trips due to the COVID-19 situation in the country.

It listed the Philippines under "Level 3: Reconsider Travel" on Tuesday. In April, the Philippines was categorized under "Level 4: Do Not Travel" when parts of the country were experiencing a surge in new infections.

The threat levels are determined by the number of COVID-19 cases in a given country. Areas under Level 3 are those currently reporting 100 to 500 cases per 100,000 residents.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to ensure they are fully vaccinated before traveling to the Philippines. It said unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential trips to the Philippines due to the "high level of COVID-19" in the country.

It also issued new travel advice for at least 120 more countries and territories, including easing the recommendation on Japan ahead of the Olympics.

The Philippines has 1.28 million COVID-19 cases, with 56,452 patient who are currently sick. The country's COVID-19 fatality count is at 22,064.