The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has issued a ‘Level One’ Covid-19 warning for Americans travelling to India, stating that the chance of catching the infection and experiencing severe symptoms may be reduced if one is completely vaccinated. Pakistan has also been issued with a travel health advisory. The US State Department, on the other hand, issued level two and three travel advisories for India and Pakistan, saying that while citizens should reconsider travelling to Pakistan due to terrorism and sectarianism, those travelling to India should exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism.
The CDC in its health travel notice ‘Level One’ said, “Your risk of contracting Covid-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) authorised vaccine.” The State Department advised US citizens not to go to Jammu and Kashmir due to terrorism and civil instability, as well as within 10 kilometres of the India-Pakistan border due to the risk of armed conflict, in its recommendation for India.
“Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crimes, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations,” it said.Due to terrorism and kidnapping, the department advised US citizens not to travel to Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) provinces, including the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), as well as the immediate vicinity of the Line of Control due to terrorism and the potential for armed conflict.
“Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Pakistan. A local history of terrorism and ongoing ideological aspirations of violence by extremist elements have led to indiscriminate attacks on civilian as well as local military and police targets,” it said.
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