The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dropped all countries from its top COVID-19 travel advisory warning.
"There are no Level 4 COVID-19 Travel Health Notices at this time," the CDC website reads. Up to 100 countries were deemed "Level 4" by the agency earlier this year.
Now, it appears that many countries that were labeled "Level 4" are designated as "Level 3: COVID-19 High" or "Level 2: COVID-19 Moderate."
It came days after the federal health agency said it would update its travel advisory system and said the highest-risk category will only be reserved for extreme scenarios.
The three other warning levels will be determined primarily by the number of COVID-19 cases in a country over the past 28 days, the CDC said.
"With this new configuration, travelers will have a more actionable alert for when they should not travel to a certain destination (Level 4), regardless of vaccination status, until we have a clearer understanding of the COVID-19 situation at that destination,” its statement continued.
Several weeks ago, the U.S. Travel Association trade group called on the Biden administration to update its travel advisory policies.
It added that in the future, the White House "should avoid the use of travel bans from specific countries, which are not recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and have proven to be an ineffective means of preventing the spread of COVID-19."
In a similar move, the CDC dropped cruise ships from its list of COVID-19 travel warnings. Since earlier 2020, the agency has implemented a color-coded notice system for individual cruise lines.