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The U.S. State Department said it had updated its recommendations to reflect the recent methodology update, but noted not all ratings were revised because of other factors including " commercial flight availability, restrictions on U.S. citizen entry, and impediments to obtaining COVID test results within three calendar days".

Details: Ukraine, Switzerland, South Africa, Mexico, Japan, Italy, France, Guatemala, Bulgaria and the Philippines are among those countries now under the "Level 3" travel warning.

For these countries, the CDC says that unvaccinated travellers should avoid non-essential travel and that anyone visiting should be fully vaccinated.

The alert changes are positive for many travelers looking to head to Europe this year. "We're actively engaging them to determine the time frame".

In virtually all of France however, masks remain obligatory even outdoors.

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They also do not have to self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.

But most passengers from the United Kingdom are still banned from travelling to the US.

The State Department on Tuesday eased its advisory that warned US citizens not to travel to Japan, just two weeks after raising the alert to the highest level of 4 as the country struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The Summer Games have stirred public opposition within Japan, which is barring foreign fans from coming.

They said: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Ireland due to Covid-19, indicating a very high level of Covid-19 in the country". This restriction also remains in effect for fully vaccinated passengers.

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Airlines and some nations have complained that current travel restrictions to the US are out of step with rising vaccination rates and the reduced threat of contracting COVID-19, and many limits on USA travelers remain in place.

Thierry Breton, the European commissioner for the internal market, said Monday that the bloc as a whole wanted to open up to vaccinated Americans but insisted on "reciprocity".

The update moves 33 countries into the lowest risk category, this includes Iceland, Israel and Singapore.

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