United States Increases COVID-19 Travel Alert Level for Singapore, Hong Kong

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SINGAPORE: The United States on Monday, September 27, raised its COVID-19 travel advisory levels for Singapore and Hong Kong, urging those who are not vaccinated to avoid non-essential travel.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has adjusted their rating for Singapore from one step to Level 3, indicating a “high level of COVID-19.”

“Due to the current situation in Singapore, all travelers may be at risk of contracting and spreading variants of COVID-19,” the US Health Protection Agency said.

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The CDC also recommended that individuals be fully immunized before traveling to Singapore, and that they should follow country recommendations or requirements, including wearing a mask and adhering to safety distancing measures.

The US State Department issued a similar notice on Monday, urging people to “reconsider their travel” to Singapore due to COVID-19.

The CDC’s four-tier counseling system categorizes destinations taking into account factors such as the number of recent COVID-19 cases and the trajectory of new cases.

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Other destinations currently at Level 3 include Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines.

That’s just below the CDC’s highest categorization of Level 4, which advises individuals to avoid travel due to “very high” levels of COVID-19.

Destinations currently identified at level 4 include Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Myanmar, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom.

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