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CDC Issues ‘Very High’ Risk Warning For Travel To Portugal, France, and Cyprus

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The CDC has announced its weekly travel advisory update, and they’ve added various nations to the level 4 ‘high risk’ category. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said to avoid travel to Portugal, France, Cyprus, Andorra, and Liechtenstein. The CDC has listed these nations as level 4 ‘high risk’. The CDC also added Jordan and Tanzania to its level 4 ‘high risk’ category. 

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Nations within the level 4 category have an infection rate of 500 new cases per 100,000 people in the previous 28 days. In places with less than 100,000 residents, they’ve had more than 500 cases cumulatively over the past 28 days.

The CDC said, “Because of the current situation in France, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants,”

Last week, the CDC urged against travel to Niger, Papua New Guinea, Poland, and Trinidad and Tobago. The CDC also recently told airlines to share contact information for people entering the United States who’ve been in southern African nations where scientists first discovered the Omicron variant. 

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Fears that omicron could be more transmissible than the Delta variant and more resistant to vaccines have triggered global travel restrictions. The World Health Organization has criticized the travel bans as attacking global solidarity and failing to prevent the spread of Omicron. 

The CDC is currently evaluating the Africa travel ban following uncertainty surrounding the dangers the Omicron variant possesses. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that the African travel restrictions were “being evaluated and discussed on a daily basis.”

The New Level 4 ‘High Risk’ Nations 


France is currently seeing a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases. The current 7-day case average is 42,892. That’s a significant rise from a 7-day case average of 4,480 in early October. However, France does have high vaccination rates with 70.5% of the entire population fully vaccinated from COVID-19. 


Portugal is witnessing a small rise in COVID-19 cases. The current 7-day case average is 3,523. However, that’s a small jump from the 7-day case average of 637 in mid-October. Portugal does have very high vaccination rates, with 87.5% of the population fully vaccinated from COVID-19. 


Cyprus is currently seeing a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases. The current 7-day case average is 525, which is a small jump from the 7-day case average of 102 in early October. Cyprus has relatively low rates of vaccination, with only 48.7% of the population fully vaccinated from COVID-19. 


Andorra has seen low cases of COVID-19 throughout the previous 20 months. The current 7-day case average is 621, a sharp increase from a 7-day case average of only 16 in late October. Andorra has fully vaccinated 67.8% of its population. 

The nations currently on the level 4 ‘high risk’ list 

The CDC currently has 83 nations on its level 4 ‘risk list’. Many of these nations are popular with North American tourists. 

They include:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cayman Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Frane
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guernsey
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey (part of the UK)
  • Jordan
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • The Netherlands
  • Niger
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

The CDC updates its list weekly. However, travelers can still visit these nations. But the CDC recommends all travelers visiting the level 4 ‘high risk’ nations should be fully vaccinated. 

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Debra Thune

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

We are currently in France and have been for the last ten day, with two more weeks on our schedule. We have experinced ZERO issues.


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Looks like high vaccination rate countries are on the list of high risk.