The United States has issued a fresh travel advisory for India and Pakistan. The Joe Biden administration has lowered its earlier categorization of Level 4 to Level 3.

A Level 4 advisory asks the citizens not to travel while a Level 3 urges citizens to reconsider travel.

The improvement of the travel advisories for India and Pakistan by the State Department on Monday comes as the COVID-19 pandemic situation is easing in the region.

"Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorised vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. Reconsider travel to India due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism," the State Department statement said.

The latest travel advisory replaces the one issued on May 5 that had placed India in the Level 4 category.

When the last month's advisory was issued, India was struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported. Hospitals were reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.

While the CDC issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Pakistan due to COVID-19, indicating a moderate level of the pandemic, the State Department maintained Level 3 risk for US citizens traveling to the country due to terrorism.

"Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to terrorism and sectarian violence. Exercise increased caution in Pakistan due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory," the State Department said.