Aug 9, 2021 - Health

CDC raises travel advisories for France and Israel to highest level

A traveler wearing a protective face mask waits to board a flight

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The CDC raised the travel advisories for France and Israel to the highest level Monday, a result of surging COVID-19 cases in those countries.

Why it matters: The recent rapid spread of COVID across the world is largely a result of the Delta variant, which is more contagious than the original strain of the virus.

  • By classifying those countries as Level 4, the CDC recommends avoiding travel to them, warning that "even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants."
  • The travel advisory for Israel extends to the West Bank and Gaza.
  • Other countries with Level 4 travel advisories currently include Ireland, Iran, Iceland, Thailand and Greece.

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