(CNN) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added three destinations in Europe on Tuesday, from its cold northern to sunny sunny climates to its highest-risk travel category.
In its weekly update of Covid-19 travel alerts, the CDC recommended not traveling to the following countries and placed them in the “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High” category:
The CDC places a destination at level 4 when more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents have been reported in the last 28 days.
Malta’s favorite island nation in the Mediterranean was also at level 3 last week.
Away from the radar of most tourists, the Eastern European nation of Moldova had previously been in the “Unknown” category. The CDC places destinations in this category when it does not have enough reliable data to make an assessment.
Europe’s continuing problems
In another worrying sign of the Covid-19 situation in Europe, the CDC did not move any destinations from that continent to a lower level last week.
Other big travel names staying at CDC Level 4 include:
• United Kingdom
In fact, the UK has been at level 4 since July 19th.
However, Europe is not the only continent with popular tourist destinations at level 4. Other places also considered “very high” for travel include:
• South Africa
Level 3 additions
Overview of the Obelisk of Buenos Aires in the largest city in Argentina.
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The Level 3 category, which applies to destinations that have had between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, saw two additions on Tuesday:
Argentina, a favorite of South American travelers who took a very cautious approach to the entry of foreign visitors during most of the pandemic, had previously been at level 2.
The move was good news for the small Islamic sultanate of Brunei, which had been at level 4.
Level 2, Level 1 and unknowns
Destinations bearing the designation “Level 2: Moderate Covid-19” have recorded between 50 and 99 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 residents in the last 28 days. This level saw three additions on Tuesday:
Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, had been at level 3. Gabon, on the Atlantic coast of Africa along the equator, and Guatemala, in Central America. had also been at level 3,
In the destination category “Level 1: Covid-19 Low”, less than 50 new cases per 100,000 residents have been registered in the last 28 days. He saw only one addition: the island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe off the coast of Gabon.
Finally, there are destinations, as mentioned above, for which CDC has an “unknown” risk due to lack of information. These are usually small, remote places. On Tuesday, the CDC added three places to this category:
• French Polynesia
• New Caledonia
The CDC warns even fully vaccinated travelers who venture to destinations without reliable statistics on the current situation of the Covid-19.
“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to contract and spread Covid-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers may be at greater risk of getting and possibly spreading some variants of Covid-19. Covid-19, “the agency said.
Another turbulent week
All of these CDC level changes are taking place against a whirlwind of pandemic news affecting travel around the world:
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