CDC Adds 3 New Countries to Highest COVID-19 Travel Advisory, Including Italy

Italy, Greenland and Mauritius are now classified within the CDC's highest Level 4 Do Not Travel COVID-19 warning.

Italy is now at Level 4 “Very High” travel warning status.

The CDC has added three new countries to its highest COVID-19 travel warning level. The health agency just released its latest travel guidance, and has moved Italy, Greenland and Mauritius to the “Very High” Level 4 category, amid increased concerns worldwide over the developing Omicron variant.

Sign Up For Our Daily Newsletter

By clicking submit, you agree to our <a rel="nofollow noreferer" href="">terms of service</a> and acknowledge we may use your information to send you emails, product samples, and promotions on this website and other properties. You can opt out anytime.

See all of our newsletters

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Americans avoid travel to any destination with Level 4 status, and that those who must travel be fully vaccinated beforehand. The CDC still currently advises unvaccinated Americans to avoid any international travel at the moment.

Subscribe to Observer’s Lifestyle Newsletter

Destinations are labeled as Level 4 if there are 500 or more new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents within a 28-day time period. Italy, Greenland and Mauritius were all previously classified within Level 3 status, which the CDC defines as between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents over 28 days.

The CDC’s decision to elevate Italy to Level 4 status comes as the country’s government announced its decision to extend state of emergency powers through March 31. Italy, which was hit hard by the first wave of COVID-19, is now facing another rise in cases as the holiday season nears, as is much of Europe.

Some European countries have instituted new COVID-19 restrictions once again; France, which also remains at Level 4 status after the CDC elevated it last week, recently closed all nightclubs for the next month. The country is also requiring all foreign visitors from outside the E.U. to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival, as well as proof of full vaccination status.

The United States has also issued new COVID-19 travel regulations, and is requiring international travelers to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within a one-day time period of boarding their flight. At the same time, certain states are reimposing mask mandates; New York recently instituted a new indoor mask requirement in any business where proof of vaccination isn’t required.

CDC Adds 3 New Countries to Highest COVID-19 Travel Advisory, Including Italy