Month: December 2021

Americans urged to ‘avoid travel’ to Sweden, other European destinations due to COVID

The usually busy Stortorget in Stockholm's Old Town was nearly empty on December 4, 2020.

The usually busy Stortorget in Stockholm’s Old Town was nearly empty on December 4, 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging travelers to skip several new European destinations due to “very high” levels of COVID-19.

“Avoid travel to Sweden,” the public health agency wrote in a Travel Health Notice this week.

Sweden joined Malta and Moldova as level 4 countries on Monday, the CDC’s highest COVID-19 ranking. The U.S. State Department issued parallel Travel Advisories for all three countries and also added Suriname to its level 4 list.

Sweden has had 95,712 new coronavirus cases over the

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CDC moves 3 more European destinations to its highest travel risk category

By Forrest Brown | CNN

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday added three destinations in Europe — from its frigid northern climes to its sun-soaked south — to its highest-risk category for travel.

In its weekly update of Covid-19 travel advisories, the CDC advised against travel to the following countries and placed them in its “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High” category:

• Malta
• Moldova
• Sweden

The CDC places a destination at Level 4 when more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents are registered in the past 28 days.

Sweden, the popular Scandinavian nation

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Christmas Day travel in Oregon, weather updates: Winter storm, snow warning

Holiday travel through Jan. 2 is expected to rebound to nearly pre-pandemic levels.

In Oregon, more than 1.3 million are expected to travel by car and another 137,000 will fly to their holiday destination, according to AAA’s annual travel forecast.

Roads are expected to be full and airports busy. Predictions for snow in the Willamette Valley, Portland and mountain passes could mean delays and dangerous conditions.

Check here for the latest updates on weather, traffic and airport conditions you might encounter this holiday weekend.

Follow holiday coverage by Statesman Journal reporters here.

12:15 p.m. Saturday: Winter storm, snow warning

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Flying to Puerto Rico? You’re going to have to find a COVID test before departure, starting Monday

Puerto Rico is set to tighten its entry requirements for domestic U.S. travelers on Monday, amid one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

Starting Monday, all passengers arriving on domestic flights will need to show a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival, regardless of vaccination status. It wasn’t immediately clear what sort of tests are accepted; USA TODAY reached out to Puerto Rico’s destination marketing organization for more information.

Passengers who arrive without a COVID test will have 48 hours to take a test upon arrival, and face a $300 fine if

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