With its recent update on countries affected by the coronavirus, the US State Department has advised everyone to refrain from traveling to four EU/Schengen area countries as their epidemiological situation is getting worse.
Updating the list of countries to which Americans are strongly advised to refrain from travel, the State Department has issued “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advice for the four countries listed below:
France Portugal Liechtenstein Andorra Cyprus
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for France, which indicates a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. The US Health Agency advises that there are restrictions on entry for US citizens into France. The same was issued Advice for Portugal, Andorra, Cyprus and Liechtenstein.
Travel advisories for these four countries in the EU/Schengen area were issued yesterday, December 6, due to their increased infection rates. Moreover, some of these countries have also identified various cases of Omicron infections, TheSchengen.com reports.
World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that France recorded 294,080 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days. During the same period, Portugal reported 24,080 new cases, Cyprus reported 3,558 new cases, Andorra reported 1,298 new cases, and Liechtenstein reported 155 new cases.
For Omicron cases, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that as of December 6, France has identified 25 cases and Portugal has identified 34 SARS-CoV-2 Omicron cases of concern. Regarding Liechtenstein, Andorra and Cyprus, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that there is no data available so far.
The fourth level classification, which now applies to all five countries listed above, is the highest advisory level. Therefore, all Americans, especially those who have not recovered as well as those who have not been vaccinated against the virus, should avoid visiting countries that fall under this list.
Furthermore, in order to reduce the risk of infection with the COVID-19 virus and the newly discovered Omicron variant, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that all US citizens who must make an essential-purpose trip to one of the European Union/Countries affected by coronavirus should be immunized In the Schengen area completely with one of the vaccines authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Except for the above five countries, the travel warning also applies to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Norway. Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
>> Explanation of the new COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed by EU/Schengen countries throughout the weekend