Switzerland and Puerto Rico are now among the highest risk destinations for travelers according to the regularly updated travel warning list from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People should avoid traveling to places , which are marked with the note “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High”, recommends the CDC. Anyone who has to travel should get a full vaccination first, advises the agency.
Seven destinations rose from the “Level 3: Covid-19 High” list to level 4 on August 30th.
The evolving list of travel advice from the CDC ranges from level 1 (“low”) to level 4 (“very high”).
Destinations that fall into the “Covid-19 Very High” level 4 category were after CDC criteria more than 500 cases per 100,000 population in the past 28 days. Category Level 3 applies to travel destinations where between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have occurred in the last 28 days.
In Switzerland, according to the Federal Office of Public Health, there were 659 laboratory-confirmed Covid- 19 cases per 100,000 population. On August 29, almost a third of Swiss intensive care units were occupied by people with the coronavirus. In North Macedonia, just under a quarter of residents were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on August 30, while 9% were partially vaccinated. And of the population of around 185,000 in St. Lucia, 15.1% fully vaccinated and 4.8% partially vaccinated.
Ten more destinations moved to the “Level 3: Covid-19 High” category on Monday .
Bermuda, Canada, Germany and Moldova have moved up from Level 2. Bahrain, Indonesia, Namibia, Oman, Rwanda and Zimbabwe have descended from Level 4.
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The CDC guidelines for Level 3 destinations encourage unvaccinated travelers to avoid non-essential travel to these locations.
In their more comprehensive travel guide, the CDC recommended avoiding all international travel until you are fully vaccinated.
“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread Covid-19. However, international travel carries additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at increased risk of catching and potentially spreading some variants of Covid-19, “the agency said.
You can set the CDC risk level of each travel destination on the agency’s travel recommendation page.