US slashes travel advisory for Korea to lowest level

The U.S. Department of State on April 18 slashes its travel advisory for Korea from the highest "Level 4," or "do not travel," to the lowest "Level 1," or "exercise normal precautions."

The department that day announced on its homepage that its travel advisory for Korea was lowered to Level 1.

Level 1 is the lowest grade, followed by levels 2 ("exercise increased precautions"), 3 ("reconsider travel") and 4.

This means that the U.S. travel advisory for Korea fell from the highest to the lowest level in one day.

The department did not elaborate on its decision to drastically lower its alert for Korea.

Earlier, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lowered COVID-19-related travel warnings for 90 countries including Korea from Level 4 to 3.

The department thus effectively changed its advisory levels to match those of the CDC amid the pandemic.

Yet the department on April 14 denied that it will automatically sync its warning levels with those of the CDC.

Source: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism