Planning a trip to Europe? Better check the list of where you are being advised not to travel.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added four European locations to a list of “very high risk” destinations due to a surge in Covid rates.
Hungary, Iceland, the Czech Republic, and Guernsey are now listed within the highest level of travel notifications within the U.S., ranked at “Level 4.”
The State Department issued this week simultaneous warnings against traveling to Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Iceland.
Level 4 means that a country has had more than 500 reported new Covid infections per 28 days per 100,000 people.
In Iceland, there was a week-long average of 167 new Covid cases. In Hungary, an average of 7,264 cases were recorded across a week. For the Czech Republic, that number was 10,988.
The four countries are now joining the CDC’s list of “very high levels of Covid” countries, which includes more than 70 destinations in total. Level 4 includes the U.K., Greece, Ireland, Jersey, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, and Belgium. Countries outside of Europe are also included on the list, such as Singapore, Turkey, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
However, the list is not a travel ban. It acts as an advisory to U.S. citizens. Being on Level 4 does not mean you cannot technically travel to that country, but does mean it’s being advised that it’s best not to go.
Level 3 category also had three additions this week, with the Bahamas, Bolivia, and Papua New Guinea now joining the list.
The news comes as the U.S. border has finally been reopened to non-U.S. citizens. Many foreign tourists and travelers have rejoiced at the opportunity to go to the U.S. once again, after nearly two years of not being able to.
It remains unclear whether travel will remain open globally, or if more lockdowns and strict border rules will be implemented once again.