The US has lifted its blanket global travel advisory, which recommended citizens avoid all international travel owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday (6 August), the US State Department confirmed the order, which has been in place since 19 March, had been revoked.
It has been replaced by the US’s previous four-tier country-specific travel advice, which ranges from level 1 "exercise normal precautions" to level 4 "do not travel".
Most countries, including the UK, have been graded level 3, which advises US citizens to reconsider any travel plans to these destinations.
"We continue to recommend US citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic," said the department in a joint statement issued in coordination with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Only two destinations, Macau and Taiwan, have been graded level 1; Hong Kong, New Zealand, Thailand and Fiji are among nine countries and territories graded level2 "exercise increased caution".
The UK’s level 3 grading states: "Reconsider travel to the United Kingdom due to Covid-19. Exercise increased caution due to terrorism."
At a press briefing on Thursday, Carl Risch, assistant secretary to the US Bureau of Consular Affairs, and Karin King, deputy assistant secretary for overseas citizen services, declined to comment on any plans to reopen travel routes to the UK and Europe.