The United States of America says travel to Italy for non-essential purposes must be avoided due to the current coronavirus situation in the country.

Schengen Visa Info reports that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Notice for Italy regarding the COVID-19 situation in the country, and also recommends that travellers must avoid trips to Italy unless it is necessary.

“The European Union (EU), which includes Italy, currently prohibits non-essential travel (i.e., tourism) into the EU for residents of most non-European Union countries. There are exceptions for residents of a few non-EU countries, but they do not currently include United States residents,” the US Embassy’s statement reads.

According to Italy’s government, students, as well as businesspersons, EU residents and relatives of Italian citizens, are included in the essential travel category.

“CDC recommends travellers avoid all non-essential international travel to Italy. Travellers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Italy,” the CDC said.

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, Italy has recorded a total of 35,215 coronavirus-related deaths.

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