Don’t journey to Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan and rethink Israel
- CDC, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of State both warned on Monday against traveling to Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Kyrgyzstan because of rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in those countries.
- At the same time, Israel is now classified in category 3 at the US travel advice level, the second highest
- The Delta variant is spiraling out of control in many parts of the world, and Americans’ warning to travel overseas does not warn the same travelers to continue to travel domestically
The CDC raised its travel recommendations to “Level Four: Very High” for those countries that told Americans to avoid travel, while the State Department issued “Do Not Travel” warnings.
Spain reopened its borders to US tourists in June and has been a popular travel destination for Americans ever since.
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The CDC also raised its rating for Cuba to “Level Four” on Monday, while the State Department had Cuba already given the highest “Do Not Travel” rating.
The CDC also raised concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and raised its travel health notice by two levels to “Level 3: High” while the State Department upgraded Israel to “Level 3”: Rethink You travel. “
Israel has always been considered fully vaccinated and low risk
In June, the CDC lowered its travel advice rating for Israel to “Level 1: Low”.
Scientists in Israel now say Pfizer is less than 40% effective in completely protecting people who have been vaccinated from contracting the virus. However, they say vaccination will most likely avoid hospitalization or worse.
The CDC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have also raised Armenia to “Level 3”.
The “Level 3” rating means that unvaccinated travelers should avoid unnecessary travel to this country and is one level below the CDC’s strictest travel rating.
In June, the CDC relaxed travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories when it revised its methodology for travel alerts based on COVID-19 risks.