The number of European countries to which US citizens are strongly discouraged from traveling has increased, after the US Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued Level 4 Health Travel Notices for France and Ireland.
On August 9, the State Department urged Americans to refrain from travel to these two European countries after both recently reported an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, despite high vaccination rates.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Tier 4 Travel Health Notice for France due to COVID-19 indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions imposed that affect the entry of US citizens into France,” the State Department notes.
The same notice was also issued to Iceland, the highest advisory level due to the greater potential for life-threatening risks.
Travelers who, despite the advice, decide to travel to these two countries, or any other country for which a Tier 4 Travel Health Notice has been issued, are advised to review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers when traveling to these two the two countries. Countries.
Currently, France – with a population of 67.06 million – has a total of 6,185,843 registered cases since the start of the pandemic, and a total of 24,236 cases in the last 24 hours of WHO data showing.
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On the other hand, Iceland recorded 226 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of cases recorded since the pandemic to 9,126. The country has a population of only 356,991.
Last week, on August 2, a no-travel notice was issued for Greece, Ireland and Malta. Before that, the administration had advised against all travel to Spain, Portugal and Cyprus on July 26.
This means that a total of eight EU/Schengen area countries are on the US “Do Not Travel” list.
Since August 9, the United States has been advising its citizens to reconsider travel to Croatia and Austria, while since August 2, it has been recommending that any trips to Finland be reconsidered.
All these warnings were issued after US President Joe Bid raised hopes of Europeans that the ban on travel from Europe would soon be lifted. His statements quickly turned out to be incorrect, after sources inside the White House confirmed to Reuters that “at this point”, the United States does not intend to lift any of the entry restrictions on arrivals from the 26 Schengen area member states, Ireland, and the United Kingdom due to a variable spread. delta in these countries.