The US State Department on Monday urged not to travel to Japan due to a new wave of coronavirus cases just two months before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.
The department also issued its “level 4” warning against travel to Sri Lanka amid the surge in infections. He found a lower risk when visiting the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, lowering the islands to a “Level 3 – Reconsider the trip” designation.
The US “Do Not Travel” advisory and advice to Japan did not specifically mention the Olympics, but cautioned against visiting the country now. A senior Olympic official said last week that the Games would start as planned on July 23, even in a state of emergency after being postponed to 2020 during the pandemic.
“Travelers should avoid all travel to Japan,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidelines. “Due to the current situation in Japan, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk of contracting and spreading variants of COVID-19 and should avoid all travel to Japan. “
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, which oversees Team USA, said in a statement to Reuters that it had been made aware of the State Department’s updated advice regarding Japan.
“We are confident that the current mitigation practices put in place for athletes and staff by the USOPC and the Tokyo Organizing Committee, coupled with pre-travel testing, upon arrival in Japan and during the Games , will allow a safe participation of the US team athletes this summer, “the statement said.