The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added 16 destinations to its "very high" risk level of covid-19 on Monday, including Greece, Ireland and the Virgin Islands. from USA
According to the CDC, a risk designation of "Level 4: Covid-19 Very High" means that people should avoid traveling to these places.
Those who must travel must be fully vaccinated first.
In their general guidance, the CDC recommends against international travel until fully vaccinated.
"Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to contract and spread COVID-19. However, international travel presents additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers may be at increased risk of contracting and possibly spreading some variants of COVID-19." says the agency.
Destinations that fall into the "very high" risk category have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, according to CDC parameters.
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Direct travel by non-citizens of Ireland and Greece to the United States has been suspended since January 25, 2021, under a decree that limits travel from several countries.
The White House recently said those restrictions would remain in place amid a surge in cases of the delta variant.
The following 16 destinations were upgraded to the CDC's "Level 4: Covid-19 Very High" category on August 2: Andorra, Curacao, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Libya , Malta, Martinique, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Martin and the US Virgin Islands.
You can find the CDC's risk level for any destination on their travel advice page.
All destinations in 'Level 4: Covid-19 Very high'
"Avoid traveling to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling," says the CDC.
Several Latin American countries are part of the list, such as Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, among others.
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
British Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands, US
Papua New Guinea
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates