Italy, Greenland and Mauritius added to CDC’s list of countries to avoid

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises all U.S. travelers to avoid Italy, Greenland and Mauritius, regardless of vaccination status.

The agency on Monday propelled the three countries to its ‘very high’ level 4 coronavirus advisory list, saying travelers should avoid these destinations or, if they “must” travel, ensure they are fully immunized beforehand.

There are 84 destinations labeled as ‘very high’ COVID risk this week, including other popular European countries like France, Germany and the United Kingdom. The CDC looks at a number of factors to determine a country’s risk level, including the number of cases and test data.

The State Department simultaneously added Italy and Mauritius to their own level 4 travel advisory Monday, “do not travel” warning to these destinations.

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Italy is experiencing another wave of COVID-19, with more than 112,000 cases reported the week of Dec. 6, a 13% increase from the previous week, according to the World Health Organization.

The country has tightened COVID restrictions in recent weeks, banning travel from eight African countries to curb the spread of omicron and excluding unvaccinated people who have not recovered from the virus in indoor restaurants, theaters and museums.

Other changes to the CDC’s travel health advisories include:

  • Malaysia has moved from level 4 to level 3.
  • Tanzania has moved from level 4 to “level unknown”.
  • Jamaica, Sint Maarten, Republic of the Congo and the Philippines have moved from level 3 to level 2.
  • Equatorial Guinea has moved from level 2 to level 1.

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