The US State Department reduced its travel advisory status for Israel to “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” on Monday, just days after raising it.
Out of the approximately 209 destinations listed, the State Department added 119 countries last week to the 34 countries listed at its top “Level 4: Do Not Travel” ranking.
The countries added included the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Israel, Mexico and Germany, and cited a “very high level of COVID-19.” The advisories are recommendations to American citizens and are not binding.
According to the State Department, the decision to list more countries at Level 4 does not mean a reassessment of current health conditions, but rather “an adjustment in the State Department’s Travel Advisory system to rely more on (the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s) existing epidemiological assessments.”
When asked to clarify the decision to lower Israel’s dose, a State Department official said that its advisories “take into account the latest data and public health and safety analysis on COVID-19 related risks.”
The Israeli Embassy in Washington did not respond right away to a request for comment.