The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lowered the Risk Assessment Level for COVID-19 in Canada, which means it's no longer considered to be a "Level 4" country when it comes to travel.

As of Tuesday, June 9, U.S. travel recommendations were eased for more than 110 countries and territories, with Canada dropping to a Level 3.

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This puts Canada in the same alert level category as countries like the U.K., Norway, Portugal, Germany and France, among others.

While these spots are still considered to have a "high" risk assessment level for COVID-19, it's a step in the right direction for Canada as it begins to discuss plans to reopen its borders with the United States.

Previously, Americans were urged to avoid all travel to Canada, even if they were vaccinated, as the country was under the highest alert level possible.

The CDC told Global News that many countries now have lower ratings "because of the criteria changes or because their outbreaks are better controlled."