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CDC Moves 4 Destinations To High-Risk Category

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States recently updated its Travel Notice page and moved four countries in its COVID-19 Travel Recommendations section. 

All countries were previously in “Level 2: COVID-19 Moderate”, but due to increasing cases in these locations, the agency is now considering these destinations as high risk. The criteria consider new cases per 100,000 population and for this category over 100 cases must have been registered.

The countries that were already deemed high risk:

  • Sweden
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Bahamas
  • Aruba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Argentina
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece

Four New Countries Join The High Risk Category

Bolivia, Peru, Lebanon, and Tunisia now join the list of countries and popular destinations considered high risk. high risk like the Dominican Republic —updated just a few weeks ago—, Mexico, Sweden, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Aruba, Argentina, France, Germany, and Greece.

CDC’s Travel Advice For Bolivia, Lebanon, Peru, And Tunisia 

The US agency has similar considerations and travel recommendations for Bolivia, Peru, Lebanon, and Bolivia regarding COVID-19. 

These are the CDC’s main recommendations for travelers who are interesting in visiting these nations:

  • Before travel, make sure to have all COVID-19 primary vaccines series and boosters.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers should avoid traveling to Bolivia, Peru, Lebanon, and Tunisia.
  • Travelers must understand that even if they are vaccinated, there is a high risk of getting and spreading the virus in these destinations.
  • Travelers over 2 years old should wear face masks properly in indoor public spaces and in public transportations, including trains, airplanes, buses, or ferries. 
  • Those with weakened immune systems should consider delaying the travel because even vaccinated travelers could be seriously affected by the virus. 
  • Follow and respect recommendations and requirements from local authorities in Bolivia, Peru, Lebanon, and Tunisia —including mandatory testing, mask mandates, and quarantine requirements—  and also from airlines.
  • Travelers who decide to visit high-risk destinations should take precautions and get tested before traveling.
  • Those with any COVID-19-related symptoms —such as cough, fatigue, headaches, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing— should not travel. 

Travelers can visit the CDC Travel section to learn more about health and travel recommendations as well as travel requirements. 

More About The Now High-Risk Destinations

The CDC has recently shared general recommendations for travelers focused on COVID-19. But travelers might also be interested in learning more about these destinations in South America, North Africa, and the Middle East, as well as other travel recommendations:

Peru: This country hosts one of the greatest attractions in Latin America, the Machu Picchu. Travelers from all over the world come to explore the remarkable Inca ruins, one of the Seven Wonders of The World,  and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and the rich culture in this country. 

Besides, COVID-19-related warnings, the CDC has more travel warnings regarding Altitude Illness —typical while climbing Machu Picchu—, yellow fever, malaria, and other infectious diseases.

Bolivia: This country has gained popularity for its loads of lamas, beautiful landscapes, and the impressive Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. American travelers need a visa to visit this country, it will allow them to visit for 30 days. 

There are no local COVID-19-related restrictions at the moment, but according to the information shared by the US Embassy, facemasks are still mandatory in public places and some rules might change depending on the municipality. 

Tunisia: Travelers enjoy visiting its great variety of historical attractions, amazing sand dunes, and deserts used as Star War sets. Tunisia has the 4th most important city in the Islamic World, Kairouan, established 670AD.

Testing requirements for travelers have been removed, but due to recent strikes, the US State Department recently issued a warning and reminded US citizens to be cautious and stay vigilant. 

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Lebanon: Besides its amazing music, food, and art, this small country is also home to ancient Roman ruins, castles, and also historic mosques and churches.  

Travelers enjoy exploring this country for its rich culture, delicious food, and great attractions: from beautiful beaches to ski resorts.

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Thursday 21st of July 2022

CDC itself should be placed on high risk list.


Tuesday 19th of July 2022

Honest question , do people actually follow this recommendation? Why put do these recommendations?


Sunday 17th of July 2022

Places of high risk are Washinton, DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York City.


Sunday 17th of July 2022

The CDC is high risk for making people lose IQ points