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Six new travel destinations rated at “very high” risk

Originally Posted: OCT 04 21 4:00 PM ET

By Marnie Hunter, CNN

(CNN) – The Alpine nation of Austria and the Caribbean island of Barbados were rated as “very high” travel destinations on Monday by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Both locations join four other new additions to the Level 4 category on the CDC’s regularly updated list of travel advice.

Destinations that fall into the Level 4 “Very High Covid-19” category have recorded more than 500 cases per 100,000 population in the past 28 days, according to CDC criteria.

People should avoid going to places designated with a “level 4” notice, recommends the CDC. Anyone who needs to travel should first be fully vaccinated, the agency advises. More than 80 destinations are now listed at level 4.

All destinations that upgraded to Level 4 this week were previously listed as ‘Level 3: High Covid-19’. The level 3 category applies to destinations that have recorded between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days.

CDC travel advisories range from level 1 (“low”) to level 4 (“very high”). The CDC does not mention the United States in its travel advisories.

These are the destinations added to level 4 on October 4:

• Armenia
• Austria
• Barbados
• Croatia
• Latvia
• New Caledonia

New level 3 locations

This week, eight locations have moved from level 4 to the low risk category. Popular European destinations of France and Portugal are among the places deemed less risky this week, according to CDC criteria.

The following destinations were upgraded to level 3 on October 4:

• Argentina
• France
• Iceland
• Lesotho
• Morocco
• Nepal
• Portugal
• South Africa

For the second week in a row, the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy moved to a lower risk category, this week from Level 3 to Level 2. Peru also received a Level 2 designation on Monday.

Destinations with the designation “Level 2: Moderate Covid-19” have recorded 50 to 99 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 28 days.

In “Level 1: Low Covid-19” destinations, less than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been recorded in the last 28 days.

You can view the CDC’s risk levels for global destinations on its travel recommendations page.

In its broader travel guidelines, the CDC recommended avoiding all international travel until you are fully immunized.

“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to contract and spread Covid-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at increased risk of contracting and possibly spreading certain variants of Covid-19, ”the agency said.

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