CDC adds 15 more destinations to ‘high risk’ travel list
ATLANTE – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added a number of locations to an advisory list that warns against travel due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus and its contagious omicron variant.
According to the CDC, 15 new destinations were cited Monday as level four — meaning “very high risk” — for Americans.
These cities include Colombia, Costa Rica, Fiji, Jamaica, Kuwait, Mongolia, Peru, Romania, Saint Martin, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and the Dominican Republic.
Countries receive a “Tier 4” designation when more than 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population have been recorded in the past 28 days.
Travel to the 15 new destinations has been discouraged by the health agency. Those who must travel to these destinations are encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before their trip.
“Do not travel internationally until you are fully immunized,” the advisory reads. “Getting vaccinated remains the best way to protect against serious illnesses, slow the spread of COVID-19, and reduce the number of new variants. The CDC encourages you to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible. not fully vaccinated should follow additional recommendations before, during and after the trip.”
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The CDC added that people should follow all airline COVID-19 requirements and all requirements for those destinations. It is recommended that people get tested with a viral test one to three days before a trip.
The agency also noted that preventive health requirements for travelers to other countries may differ from those in the United States.
“If you do not meet the requirements of your destination, you may be refused entry and you will have to return to the United States,” the agency added.
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This news comes just a week after the CDC warned against travel to 22 countries and territories as COVID-19 cases surged.
These countries were: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Egypt, Grenada, Guyana, Israel, Panama, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, São Tomé and Príncipe , Sint Maarten, Suriname, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands and Uruguay.
Earlier this month, the agency also put canada on this list.
“Due to the current situation in Canada, even fully immunized travelers may be at risk of contracting and spreading variants of COVID-19,” the CDC said.
FOX News contributed to this story. This story was reported from Los Angeles.