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Americans Urged to Refrain From Travelling to Switzerland & Estonia

Americans were advised not to travel to two other countries in the Schengen area – Switzerland and Estonia – after the number of coronavirus cases rose in both countries.

Updating its travel advice, which is reviewed every week, the US State Department has changed the level of advice against travel in Switzerland and Estonia from “reconsider travel” to “not to travel,” the highest advisory level due to the greater potential for life-threatening risks, according to reports.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 travel health advisory for Estonia due to COVID-19, which indicates a very high level of COVID-19 in the country,” reads the advisory updated August 30.

The same also refers to US citizens wishing to travel to these countries despite the warning that vaccination with an FDA-approved vaccine reduces the risk of developing COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms. So far, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved only Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen vaccines against COVID-19.

The State Department also issued the same travel advisory for Switzerland.

WHO data shows that since the start of the pandemic, Switzerland – with a population of 8.545 million – has recorded a total of 773,583 cases of COVID-19, only six of them in the past 24 hours.

Estonia, with a population of 1.325 million, has recorded 357 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of COVID-19 infections detected since the beginning of the pandemic to 141,956.

Just in August, reported that the US first advised its citizens not to travel to Greece, Ireland and Malta on August 2, and then advised on August 9 not to travel to France and Iceland. However, advice regarding travel to these countries has changed since then.

The list of countries in the European Union and the Schengen area, for which there is currently a no-travel advice, is as follows:

Cyprus since July 26 Estonia since August 30 France since August 9 Greece since August 2 Iceland since August 23 Ireland since August 2 Malta since August 2 Netherlands since June 17 Portugal since July 26 Spain since July 26 Switzerland, since August 30

On Monday, August 30, the Council of the European Union recommended member states reimpose an entry ban on restriction-free non-essential travel from the United States, after the same move had been warned for more than a week, due to the increase in the number of COVID cases in the United States.

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