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COVID-19: Regulator updates list of destinations to avoid travelling on ‘Very High’ level warning

*United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns consumers that international travel still poses added risks, as fully vaccinated travellers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As the highly transmittable Delta variant of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spreads across the globe, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added add more countries to its list of places to avoid travelling.

ConsumerConnect reports the country’s basic travel requirements emphasise that “all air passengers coming to the United States, including US citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.”

So, if you are planning on travelling to or outside of the US anytime soon, you should be aware that the health regulator just added seven international destinations to its “Very High” COVID-19 travel risk list.

It is recalled that of recent, the CDC also added 16 to the highest level of its riskiest places to visit around the world.

At the top of the list is France, where over three million Americans visit each year to take in the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Euro Disneyland, and sip on a little Beaujolais, besides Greece and the US Virgin Islands as American favourite destinations.

The six others include Aruba, Eswatini (a.k.a. Swaziland), French Polynesia, Iceland, Israel, and Thailand, agency report noted.

Nonetheless, for the sake of clarity, report says the CDC doesn’t say you “can’t” go to these places.

Instead, the agency says you should “avoid” travelling to these places.

But if you “must,” the agency says you should be fully vaccinated before travelling, report stated.

Below is the updated list of the CDC “Level 4: COVID-19 Very High” destinations countries to avoid travels.

It also advises if consumers must travel to these destinations, they should ensure that they are fully vaccinated ‘before’ travel.

  1. Andorra
  2. Argentina
  3. Aruba
  4. Bahrain
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Botswana
  7. Brazil
  8. British Virgin Islands
  9. Burma (Myanmar)
  10. Burundi
  11. Central African Republic
  12. Chile
  13. Colombia
  14. Costa Rica
  15. Cuba
  16. Curaçao
  17. Cyprus
  18. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  19. Eswatini
  20. Fiji
  21. France
  22. French Guiana
  23. French Polynesia
  24. Georgia
  25. Gibraltar
  26. Greece
  27. Guadeloupe
  28. Guinea-Bissau
  29. Iceland
  30. Indonesia
  31. Iran
  32. Iraq
  33. Ireland
  34. Isle of Man
  35. Israel
  36. Kazakhstan
  37. Kyrgyzstan
  38. Kuwait
  39. Lesotho
  40. Libya
  41. Madagascar
  42. Malaysia
  43. Maldives
  44. Malta
  45. Martinique
  46. Mongolia
  47. Mozambique
  48. Namibia
  49. Nepal
  50. Netherlands, The
  51. Nicaragua
  52. Oman
  53. Panama
  54. Papua New Guinea
  55. Paraguay
  56. Portugal
  57. Réunion
  58. Rwanda
  59. Saint Barthelemy
  60. Saint Martin
  61. Saudi Arabia
  62. Seychelles
  63. Somalia
  64. South Africa
  65. South Sudan
  66. Spain
  67. Suriname
  68. Thailand
  69. Tunisia
  70. United Arab Emirates
  71. United Kingdom
  72. Uruguay
  73. Virgin Islands, U.S.
  74. Zimbabwe

Those countries join other frequent international destinations, such as the United Kingdom (UK), Spain, and The Netherlands.

These destinations that fall into the “very high” risk category have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, according to report.

The CDC emphatically stated that everyone should “avoid travel to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.”

The agency further stated: “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.”

What can travellers do to protect the cost of their trip?

The pandemic continues to create unique, troubling, and shifting scenarios that travelers have to face.

Besides local restrictions and mandates that cruise lines and airlines might put into place, there is a slew of travellers who have made reservations and paid for vacations over time.

But, is there anything travellers can do to protect their investment? Insurance expert Michael Giusti of advised that consumers should “make sure to book your insurance policy early.

“Once you pay your deposits, the clock starts ticking. Many companies won’t write policies if you don’t buy it within just a few days of the trip being purchased.

“So, if you booked your trip in April but are now worried about the Delta variant, it is likely too late for travel insurance now.”

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