Federal health officials are warning U.S. travelers to avoid nearly every Caribbean island after moving Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin and Guadeloupe to its level 4 travel advisory level due to “very high” levels of COVID-19.
The islands join other Caribbean destinations, including the Bahamas and Aruba, on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest COVID-19 risk level. Fiji, Colombia, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Mongolia, Niger, Peru, Romania, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates were also placed on level 4 Monday.
“Avoid travel to these destinations,” the CDC says on its website. “If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.”
There are now 116 countries on the CDC’s level 4 travel advisory level. Larger countries are moved to level 4 when they report more than 500 cases of new COVID cases per 100,000 people over the past 28 days.
Other changes to the CDC’s travel health notice list this week include:
- The Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Guatemala, India, Kosovo and Mali moved from level 2 to level 3.
- Equatorial Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Japan and Senegal moved from level 1 to level 3.
- Bangladesh moved from level 1 to level 2.
- Brunei moved from level unknown to level 2.
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