Travel Destinations To Avoid During COVID

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  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday moved the Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Luxembourg and Faroe Islands into its “Level 4” travel advisory, which includes destinations it considers to have “very high” levels of COVID-19.
  • U.S. travellers should avoid Level 4 destinations or be fully vaccinated before arriving if travel is essential, per CDC guidance.
  • The Dutch government reimposed face mask requirements last week to help curb the country’s latest COVID-19 surge.
  • The Caribbean islands reported more than 1,000 confirmed cases last week, more than twice what was reported the week prior, according to data from the World Health Organization.

The Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, and the Faroe Islands were added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Level 4” travel advice on Monday, which includes countries with “extremely high” COVID-19 levels as reported by USA Today.

Travel advice

If travel is necessary, U.S. travellers should avoid Level 4 destinations or be fully vaccinated before arrival, according to CDC recommendations. To formulate its travel advice, the federal agency looks at countries’ coronavirus case counts, hospitalisation rates, testing capabilities, and other factors.

Last week, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands reported 76,790 new cases, up 45% from the week before. Last Monday, the Dutch authorities reinstated face mask regulations in an effort to combat the country’s current COVID-19 outbreak.

Flight to the Caribbean on hold 

The CDC has raised the travel alert level for Belize, Saint Kitts, and Nevis.

The Cayman Islands have also seen an increase in Coronavirus cases. According to World Health Organization data, the Caribbean islands reported more than 1,000 confirmed cases last week, more than double what was reported the week before.

Other Caribbean destinations listed in the Level 4 travel advice are Belize and Saint Kitts & Nevis.

According to WHO, the number of confirmed cases in Luxembourg increased by 5% to 1,165 last week, while instances in the Faroe Islands, located in the North Atlantic Ocean, recorded 504 confirmed cases last week, down from the week before but 155% higher than the previous week.

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Source: USA Today

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