The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has gone back to advising Americans to avoid travel to Canada due to rising COVID-19 cases, raising its travel advice on Monday (Jan. 10) to a "Level Four: Very High” warning.
Canada is now among 80 countries to receive the CDC’s dark red-coloured Level Four classification, which instructs travellers to “avoid travel to these destinations” and, if you must go, “make sure you are fully vaccinated.”
Other Level Four countries include the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, other European nations, some Caribbean islands and parts of Africa.
Click here to view the CDC’s various classifications and were each country is ranked.
The last time Canada had a Level 4 rating from the CDC was in June of 2021 – that month, on June 7, the CDC lowered its travel recommendations for 61 countries, Canada included, to a Level 3.
By November of that same year, the U.S. lifted restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals, ending a ban on non-essential travel that had been in place since March 2020.
The CDC has lowered travel recommendations from Level Four to "Level 3: High" to Armenia, Belarus, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. It also rates Singapore as "Level 3," after it previously was cited as unknown.