US Issues New Travel Advisories for European Destinations

US Issues New Travel Advisories for European Destinations

Just as the world seemingly begins to lessen restrictions for what many hoped would be the first “normal” holiday season, Europe has found itself once again at the epicentre of the pandemic.

An increase in coronavirus cases across Europe has seen a slew of countries introduce additional measures to slow the spread of the virus.

On 15 November, a handful of popular European vacation destinations were added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's highest warning level due to rising coronavirus cases.

Iceland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary were each raised to “Level 4,” which indicates a “very high” level of COVID-19 transmission. The CDC is warning Americans to “avoid” travelling to these destinations.

Additionally, Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, was also raised to a “Level 4.”

As the COVID-19 situation around the world changes, CDC is monitoring COVID-19 risk in destinations around the world and making travel recommendations.

CDC announcement

European Attractions for the Holidays

Whilst the warnings don’t legally prevent travellers from heading to the destination, the update is bound to make some travellers hesitate to go against the CDC advisory. 

The CDC, which updates the list on a weekly basis, classifies a destination as a “Level 4” if there are more than 500 COVID-19 cases recorded per 100,000 people over the last 28 days. 

Iceland is a popular travel destination at this time of year due to the Northern Lights. Prague and Budapest are also popular Christmas destinations. Several other popular European countries have made the Level 4 list in recent weeks, including the Netherlands, Croatia, and Norway.

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