Just a few days before the US reopened its borders to travelers from the 26 Schengen area countries, authorities updated their travel advisory and strongly advised that US citizens refrain from traveling to a total of 14 EU and Schengen area countries.
According to the travel advisory, which is updated every week based on each country’s epidemiological situation, all of the following EU/Schengen area countries currently have “Level IV: Do Not Travel” advice:
Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Estonia Greece Ireland Latvia Lithuania Norway Romania Slovakia Slovenia Switzerland
Some time ago, the US State Department has been advising against all travel to all of the above countries, with the exception of Belgium and Slovakia.
The travel advisory for Belgium and Slovakia was issued only yesterday, November 2, after the countries identified increasing numbers of infection cases, TheSchengen.com reports.
Figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that in just the past 24 hours, Slovakia has reported 2,287 new cases of COVID-19. In contrast, Belgium did not record any new cases during this time, but since the beginning of the epidemic, the country has reported 1,360,650 infections.
The Tier 4 classification is the highest advisory level, which means that all US citizens, especially those who have not been cured or vaccinated, who travel to one of these areas have a higher chance of contracting COVID-19 disease.
For this reason, the US Health Agency advises that everyone traveling to one of these European countries, against which the travel advice is currently applied, be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorized for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ) to reduce the risk of developing symptoms or infection.
The State Department noted that “your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine.”
Last week, the US administration revealed more details about arrivals from the European Union and several other countries. In a press release issued by the US authorities, it was confirmed that from next Monday, November 8, travelers arriving in the US will be required to provide proof of vaccination before boarding the plane.
“Effective November 8, noncitizen and nonimmigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to fully vaccinate and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an aircraft for travel to the United States, with exceptions,” the White House statement said. .
In addition, the same made it clear that all incoming travelers, including US citizens, will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test on the first day of departure.
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