The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently added 16 destinations to its “very high” COVID-19 risk level list, recommending travelers avoid those areas to make sure they’re not infected with the coronavirus.

What is CDC’s COVID-19 travel risk list?

The CDC has a full list of destinations where you might want to avoid traveling to right now to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC said people should be fully vaccinated before visiting other countries.

  • “Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants,” the CDC said.

What is a ‘very high’ risk country?

Per CNN, a country makes this list if there has been more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the last 28 days.

16 countries to avoid for COVID-19

There are currently 70 countries on the list. Before the recent update, there were 54 countries. The CDC added the following countries to the list:

  • Andorra
  • Curaçao
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Martin
  • U.S. Virgin Islands.

How to find somewhere safe to travel

There are now a number of apps and websites that you can use to make plans when you travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Deseret News explained, the apps and websites “are available to answer nearly every question you have before booking your next vacation.”

Visit the Deseret News for more information on apps to use when you travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.