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France And Iceland Among New Destinations Added To US State Department’s ‘Do Not Travel’ list / By ALEX BUTLER / Lonely Planet / Travel Exclusive News

France And Iceland Among New Destinations Added To US State Department’s ‘Do Not Travel’ list / By ALEX BUTLER / Lonely Planet / Travel Exclusive News

Famous Arc de Triomphe against nice blue sky Arc de Triomphe monument at at the western end of the Champs-elysees road in Paris, France
The US State Department has updated its travel advisories, warning against travel to destinations such as France and Iceland © Shutterstock
The Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their travel advisories this week, moving seven more countries to the Level-4 alert, including France, Iceland, Israel, Thailand, Aruba, French Polynesia and eSwatini.
Americans are urged to avoid travel to these places due to increased infection rates and COVID-19 variants. Other popular vacation destinations at Level 4 include Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UK, Costa Rica and Panama.
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Santorini is one of the Greek islands reporting high levels of coronavirus cases in recent weeks ©NurPhoto/Getty Images
In March 2020, the department issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory, which advised citizens against all international travel in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, as borders reopened and vaccine campaigns gathered pace, the blanket advisory was dropped and the department reverted to issuing advisories to individual countries based on risks associated with traveling there.
With more people on the move again, the department notes that travelers, particularly those who are not vaccinated, still face risks associated with COVID-19.
The advisories are regularly updated and align with the CDC’s Travel Health Notices, taking into account factors like the availability of testing and the current travel restrictions for US travelers. Countries who register more than 500 new cases over the past 28 days per 100,000 population are designated to the CDC’s Level-4 alert.
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Under CDC guidelines, people are asked to “avoid travel” to Level 4 destinations but if they must travel, they should be fully vaccinated. The agency advises unvaccinated Americans to avoid to Level 3 destinations, where risks associated with COVID-19 remain high.
Unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are to avoid nonessential travel to Level 2 destinations, which are considered “COVID-19 moderate” destinations.
If you are traveling abroad, be sure to check your destination’s latest advisory levels here, as well as local public health advice.
This article was first published on April 20 and updated on August 12, 2021.
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