While the US administration has yet to reveal more about its plan to reopen international vaccinations from 33 countries in early November, the US State Department is currently strongly advising Americans to avoid travel to 12 countries in the European Union and the Schengen Area.
Most recently, on September 27, the State Department changed the advice for travel to Norway and Bulgaria from “reconsider travel” to “do not travel.” The latter is the highest advisory level due to the greater potential for life-threatening risks, TheSchengen.com reports.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 travel health notice for Norway due to COVID-19, which indicates a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if Fully vaccinate you with an FDA-approved vaccine,” as stated in the advisory text for Norway.
The warning against travel to Bulgaria and ten other EU/Schengen area countries reads the same.
As of September 30, Americans are strongly advised to avoid travel to the following 12 countries in the EU/Schengen area:
Bulgaria (since 27 September) Estonia (since 30 August) France (since 9 August) Greece (since 2 August) Iceland (since 9 August) Ireland (since 2 August) Lithuania (since 13 September) Norway (since 27 September) Portugal ( Since July 26) Slovenia (since September 13) Spain (since July 26) Switzerland (since August 30)
According to WHO data, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the past seven days per 100,000 population in the United States is higher than the majority of these countries.
While the United States has an average of 244.13 new cases detected for 100,000 residents in the past seven days, Portugal’s rate is 45.08, while Spain’s is 27.65.
Besides Lithuania (378.94), Estonia (314.3) and Slovenia (289.28), all the other countries on this list reported fewer new cases during the same period, for a population of 100,000.
On the other hand, Level 3 ‘Travel Reconsideration’ advisories have been issued to many other countries in Europe, including Slovakia, the Netherlands, Malta, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Finland, among others.
The US Department of State issues four different travel advisories, depending on the level of risk the country poses to the traveler. Aside from Level 4, “Do not travel”, and Level 3,” revisiting travel, there are also Level 2, “Exercising Increased Caution”, and Level 1, “Exercising Regular Precautions”.
The United States announced its decision to exempt vaccinated travelers from the 26 Schengen area countries, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, among others, on September 19. There is still little information on how the ban will be lifted. However, so far it is known that those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be exempted from the ban. The same will also have to be tested for COVID-19 in order to be able to enter US soil.
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