Greece, Ireland, Curaçao, Saint Martin, Malta and several other destinations have been moved to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) list of countries with “very high” COVID-19 risk levels.
The updated list, revealed Monday (Aug. 2), adds to the CDC’s already-populated "Level 4: Covid-19 Very High" advisory list.
To be a labeled Level 4 “high risk,” a region must have more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, the CDC says.
The CDC’s general guidance, which can be viewed here, advises people to not travel internationally until they are fully vaccinated.
“Fully vaccinated travellers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travellers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants,” reads a statement on the CDC’s website.
The agency also lists recommendations for people who are not vaccinated, which includes getting tested with a viral test one-three days before a trip, understanding and following all airline and destination requirements related to travel, and checking the COVID-19 situation in destination.
The CDC added the following 16 destinations to its "Level 4: Covid-19 Very High" list on Aug 2:
- Isle of Man
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Martin
- US Virgin Islands
Popular destinations that were already on the CDC’s Level 4 list include Argentina, Cuba, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Panama and the United Kingdom.
Canada, as of Aug 4, 2021, is on the CDC's “Level 3: COVID-19 High” list.
To view the CDC’s COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination list, click here.