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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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.

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The agency on Monday boosted the three countries to its level 4 “very high” coronavirus advisory list, saying travelers should avoid these destinations or, if they “must” travel, make sure they are fully vaccinated beforehand.

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CDC warns against travel to France, Portugal, Jordan and Cyprus amid high COVID levels

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning travelers against visiting popular destinations including France and Portugal because of “very high” levels of COVID-19.

The health agency Monday issued a “level 4” recommendation against travel to France, Portugal, Jordan, Cyprus, Andorra, Jordan, Liechtenstein and Tanzania, adding to a long list of destinations including Germany and Denmark.

The recommendation comes as the CDC continues to monitor COVID-19 risk in destinations around the globe.

If you must travel to one of the CDC’s “level 4” destinations, the health agency wrote to “make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.”

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