October 4 (WNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday added six new destinations to its most severe level of travel alert.
The health agency designated Armenia, Austria, Barbados, Croatia, Latvia, and New Caledonia as “Level 4: Very High” travel risks, indicating that Americans should not travel to these destinations unless they are exposed to COVID-19. Not fully vaccinated against -19.
The CDC criteria define “Level 4” countries as countries reporting more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.
A total of eight locations, including Argentina, France, Iceland, Lesotho, Morocco, Nepal, Portugal and South Africa, were also downgraded from Level 4 to “Level 3: High” on Monday.
Destinations designated as Level 3 threats have reported between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents within the past 28 days.
Peru and the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy were downgraded from Level 3 to “Level 2: COVID-19 Moderate”, indicating 50 to 99 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.
Broadly speaking, the CDC advises Americans to be fully vaccinated before starting any kind of international travel, while noting that “even fully vaccinated travelers can get COVID- There may be a risk of acquiring and spreading 19 variants.”