On Monday August 2nd, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, added 16 destinations to its “very high” Covid-19 risk level. Some of the countries added to the list include Malta, Greece, Ireland, Kazakhstan, and the US Virgin Islands.
According to the CDC, a risk designation of Level 4 means people should avoid travel to these locations. Those who must travel should be fully vaccinated first.
The CDC reports that destinations designated as Level 4 risk category have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.
Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variantsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
List of destinations added to the Level 4 risk list on August 2nd:
- Isle of Man
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Martin
- US Virgin Islands
Other destinations currently on the Level 4 list include: Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, UK, among others.
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative Covid-19 test result or documentation of recovery from Covid-19 before they board a flight to the United States.
With specific exceptions, several Presidential proclamations suspend and limit entry into the United States, as immigrants or non-immigrants, of non-citizens who were physically present within the following countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.
Travelers arriving from the following locations are not allowed to enter the US since January 25th, 2021: China, Iran, Schengen area, UK, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and India. In late July, the Biden administration announced that the travel restrictions would be extended until further notice.
The risk level of any particular destination can be found on the CDC’s travel recommendations page.