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You should avoid these countries right now because of COVID-19, CDC warns

The CDC recently updated its list of risky countries

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An outdoor bar in Beirut, Lebanon.

An outdoor bar that looks out at the Mediterranean Sea corniche is empty from customers, during the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

Hussein Malla, Associated Press

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added more countries to its “very high” COVID-19 travel risk list — and it might pose problems for your vacation.

  • Here’s a running tracker of countries that are at high risk for COVID-19.

New countries on the CDC travel risk list

The CDC recently added six new countries to its “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High” risk list, which is a collection of countries that have a high number of COVID-19 cases.

The newest countries to join the list include:

  • Bahamas
  • Haiti
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Sint Maarten

These new countries were added about one week after the CDC added four countries to its list, according to my report for the Deseret News.


CDC adds 4 more countries to risk list

Earlier in August, the CDC added four destinations to its “Level 4: COVID-19 Very High” risk list, per CNN.

  • Dominica
  • Jersey
  • Montenegro
  • Turkey

CDC adds 16 countries to list of risky countries

CDC added 16 separate destinations to its list. The CDC recommends avoiding these locations for traveling.

  • “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.

The full list of countries included:

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

What about Hawaii?

You may want to avoid traveling to Hawaii, too. Hawaii Gov. David Ige warned Monday that visitors that Hawaii is dealing with a heavy COVID-19 surge due to the delta variant, according to NPR. He said people should avoid the state for now through the fall in order to stay safe from the coronavirus.

  • “It is a risky time to be traveling right now,” he said.