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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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Federal health officials are now advising U.S. travelers to avoid Spain, Finland, Monaco and five other countries due to their “very high” COVID-19 risk levels.

Spain, Finland, Bonaire, Chad, Gibraltar, Lebanon, Monaco and San Marino on Monday climbed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “very high” COVID risk level, the agency’s top pandemic advisory level for foreign destinations. There are 80 other countries in this category, including popular destinations like the United Kingdom, France and Italy.

“Avoid travel to these destinations,” the CDC warns. “If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising against travel to Poland, Trinidad and Tobago, Niger and Papua New Guinea, regardless of vaccination status.

The four destinations were moved to the CDC’s “level 4” COVID-19 advisory list, which includes destinations the agency believes should be avoided by U.S. travelers. Travelers who “must” travel to these destinations should be fully vaccinated, the CDC says.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are cautioning against travel to Germany and Demark after moving the two popular European destinations to its list of countries with “very high” COVID-19 rates.

The two countries were bumped up to the CDC’s “level 4” category on Monday, with the agency raising guidance to warn that all U.S. travelers should avoid these destinations regardless of vaccination status. Both countries allow fully vaccinated U.S. tourists to visit as of Tuesday.

“If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel,” the CDC says on its website.

The

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