The change in the security perspective for El Salvador is due to the update in the travel alert for the country issued by the State Department. From level 3 it went to 2.
The United States government will stop asking its citizens to reconsider traveling to El Salvador, but will always recommend taking precautionary measures.
The change in the security perspective for El Salvador is due to update on travel alert for the country issued by the State Department. From level 3 it went to 2. This indicates a moderate presence of COVID-19 in the country, according to the Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy, Jean Manes.
The @StateDept The travel alert for El Salvador has improved to level 2, according to the travel health notification issued by @CDCgov, which indicates a moderate level of presence of #COVID19 in the country. https://t.co/UxiShFCtDS
– Jean Manes (@USAmbSV) June 9, 2021
To determine a travel alert, the United States takes into account a wide range of factors related to security in the country, and updates the alert when security conditions warrant it, which is the only factor used to make a readjustment.
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The official communication of the US diplomatic representation in the country, details that “this is a positive development for El Salvador and a recognition of its changes in the security climate.”
One of the principal missions of the State Department is to serve and protect the lives of US citizens abroad. Monitoring security conditions is a commitment to the protection of Americans traveling or living outside of the US Travel alerts do not reflect the nature of bilateral relations with any country.
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Conditions in a country can change at any time.
Violence and outbreak of Covid-19 the cause of the previous alert
In September 2020, the State Department issued what was until today the most recent notice for its citizens who were destined for El Salvador.
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The alert called for travel reconsideration due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, a request was made to act with greater caution due to crime.
The notice also highlighted that violent crimes such as murder, assault, rape and armed robbery are common in El Salvador.
The US relaxes its recommendations to travel to 60 countries, Spain included
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the United States have relaxed their recommendations to travel to sixty countries considered to be of very high risk at this time of pandemic, and have included in this improvement a good part of the member states of the European Union, including Spain.
According to the information provided this Tuesday by the CDC to Efe, these countries thus go from level 4 of “very high” risk – for which it is recommended that Americans never travel there, and only do so in cases of force majeure and vaccinated – at level 3, of “high” risk, which eliminates the recommendation not to go to those destinations but continues to advise that it be done once the vaccine has been given.
Along with Spain, other European Union countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Hungary and Cyprus drop to level 3.
However, other EU countries such as Belgium, the Czech Republic or Sweden, among others, follow in number 4.
Mexico, Ecuador and Honduras also go to level 3, while most Latin American countries, with the exception of the aforementioned and Peru and Guatemala, nevertheless remain at level 4.
On the other hand, there are improvements for another seventeen countries that leave group 3 of “high” risk and go to 2, the “moderate”. Among this group are El Salvador or Barbados as well as Kenya, Equatorial Guinea or Angola