CDC discourages travel to Russia, Belgium, Slovakia and Burkina Faso due to COVID-19


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to avoid traveling to a new batch of countries, including Russia and Belgium, due to high levels of COVID-19.

This week Slovakia and Burkina Faso also joined the public health agency’s running list of destinations U.S. travelers are discouraged from visiting amid the pandemic. 

“Even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants,” according to the CDC.

Russia had the third highest number of coronaviruses cases in the world over the past 28 days with more than 917,300 cases, according to John Hopkins data. The U.K., which the CDC previously discouraged visiting, had the second highest cases, and the U.S. had the most, with more than 2.2 million cases over the same period.

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The CDC says people who must visit countries with high cases of COVID should be fully vaccinated and people who are not fully vaccinated should not travel internationally.

Starting next Monday, unvaccinated Americans will face tighter restrictions traveling internationally. They’ll need to provide negative results from a COVID test taken within one day of departure instead of the current three days. 

The change is part of a new travel system beginning Nov. 8, which will reopen U.S. borders for vaccinated tourists, with few exceptions.



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